Miramonte Matadors vs Alameda Hornets Preview

Miramonte Football beat writer Xavier Clark previews Friday’s matchup vs the Alameda Hornets


Xavier Clark, Staff Writer

The Hornets face an uphill battle this Friday. Arriving at Miramonte with an overall record of 1-2, Alameda High’s football team may struggle against the Matadors’ spread offense. In both teams’ last non-league game of the year, the Hornets will seek redemption after getting shut out by American High last week. Miramonte comes into the game as the favorite.


Three Players to Watch

  1. Wide receiver Sutter Lindberg ’16 leads the Miramonte receiving core in every category. Standing at 6’4,” 190 pounds, he gives the opposing defense nightmares with his size and sure hands. Lindberg has averaged 139 yards per game and an insane 21 yards-per-catch average, making him a deep threat downfield. Last year, Lindberg took the quarterback job halfway through the season; as a result his wide receiver skills were not fully displayed. Look for him to have a big game against Alameda’s secondary this Friday night.   
  2. Outside Linebacker Casey Mcgonigle ’17 leads the Miramonte team in total tackles this season. With Mcgonigle averaging 8.7 tackles per game, offenses have felt his presence out on the field. Coming off a game with 10 total tackles against the Windsor Jaguars, the Matadors are looking for Mcgonigle this week to play a pivotal role in disrupting the Hornets’ power-run game. On the other side of the ball, Mcgonigle plays right guard on an offensive line critical to the success of the Miramonte offense.
  3. As a safety, Cannon Armistead ’16 is third on the team in tackles. His transfer from De La Salle has brought a toughness to the Matadors. He has been playing the whole season with a cast on his left hand, which has not stopped him. Armistead’s ability to tackle in open space and bring opponents to the ground makes him valuable to the team. Armistead has recorded 10 solo tackles in the season, leading the Miramonte defense. Look for Armistead to be a big run-stopper in the Hornets run-heavy offense.