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Thank you to Mark Bell for more pictures of our tough Matadors.
Thank you to Mark Bell for capturing some amazing shots at the Varsity vs Alhambra game on Oct 11.
Thank you to George Doran for his commitment to the Mats this season. If you haven't seen his photos yet, take a minute to look through the gallery. You won't be disappointed.
The Matadors traveled to Tracy to take on the Falcons of Millennium.
The Mats defense woke up from a “sluggish” pre-game demeanor as described by an on-field observer. Energized by the aggressive play from Ross and Hsu the Mats held.
The Mats first offensive play from scrimmage was a 38 yard pass completion from Meredith to Callister. Browne eventually followed the offensive line to find the end-zone. The PAT was blocked. 6-0 Mats.
The Falcons came back quickly with a long pass completion which would have resulted in a TD except the speedy Zwahlen chased down the receiver. The stumbling Falcon receiver fumbled the ball through the end-zone resulting in a touch-back and Mats possession.
Meredith connected with Callister for an 80 yard TD pass on a “4 verticles” play which is a “go deep” playground favorite. Valle converted. 13-0 Mats.
The Mats “no-name” defense, as coined by the team due to the lack of name on McIntyre’s jersey, stopped the Falcons offense with a key sack by McIntyre and Ross, who was a constant force throughout the evening.
The Mats next possession with key contributions from Zwahlen, Fraser and Meredith, Browne scored for a 20-0 lead after Valle’s extra point.
The Mats final scoring possession of the first half was a 9 yard completion from Meredith to Callister. 27-6.
The Falcons threatened to score again with seconds remaining in the first half. However, Ross made an impressive stop at the goal line as the first-half expired.
The Mats defense continued its dominance in the 2nd half as evidenced by McIntyre’s sack on a Falcons’ 4th down and a sack by Cardoza for an 11 yard loss.
The Mats offense was able to score an additional 21 points in the second half with 2 TD runs by Meredith and a play resulting in the loudest cheers from the Mats sideline.
On a first and 10 in a bunch right formation, Foster released on a wheel route. As Meredith scrambled to his right he lofted the pass into the awaiting arms of Foster who fought off Falcon defenders to reach the 2 yard-line setting up the final Mats TD of the night by Browne.
Final score: Matadors 48, Falcons 6.