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Mats First Loss of Season

By JMc, 10/11/16, 12:15AM PDT


Miramonte 13    Clayton Valley Charter 43

Friday, October 7, 2016    ORINDA, CA

The Mats played a very big, fast, and talented team from Clayton Valley Charter and fell 43-13.  Miramonte is now 5-1 overall and 0-1 in the tough Diablo Athletic League.

On a lovely Orinda evening for Homecoming, there was a playoff atmosphere in the air for this highly anticipated contest between the #5 and #12 ranked teams in the Bay Area.  And the action did not disappoint!

CVC took the opening kickoff and drove down the field methodically using their single-wing, two-tight-end running attack.  It was not easy, as the Mats’ D forced them to convert two fourth downs along the way.  But CVC prevailed, and took an early 8-0 lead.

The Mats were moving the ball nicely on their first drive, and took the ball into CVC territory.  But CVC recovered a Miramonte fumble, and the first period ended 8-0.

CVC scored on a long pass on the ensuing drive in the 2nd quarter to extend the lead to 14-0.  But the Mats were playing their much larger opponents tough, and Miramonte was still very much in the game.  However the Mats failed to convert on a 4th and 5 at mid field with 4:15 remaining in the half, and CVC took advantage of the short field to score again as time ran out for a 22-0 halftime lead.

CVC is a Charter school with 2,000 students. They sport a roster of 77 players, including nine who are listed at 265 lbs or more.  Their center is 285.  Their fullback is 265.  Their running back is 230.  Their team speed and athleticism is impressive.  The Mats needed to play a perfect game to beat them, and it was not to be. The Mats two scores came from Ethan Fischler and QB Tim Tague while Casey McGonigle led the team’s defense with 17 tackles.

After the game, many Mats were excited to have competed in such a spirited game with such a talented and challenging foe, and the general feeling is that they will benefit from the experience during the season’s second half.