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LAVERDIERE AND CO. GORGE THE SULTANS FOR BIG VICTORY

JACOB LAVERDIERE GETTING READY TO PASS / PHOTO BY TRYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

2018 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

MOUNT MIGUEL 46, SANTANA 14

Typically when these two teams meet the game is a close game as the last two years of meetings both games were decided by six points or less.

However, this year’s game wasn’t close nor a shootout but more of a gut punch as the Matadors took the momentum and rode it to the convincing victory on Santana’s Senior night.

Shortly after stopping the Sultans on the opening drive the Matadors would find the end zone as Jacob Laverdiere would find Mike Avant for the 23-yard strike to make it 6-0. Both teams would go back and forth the rest of the quarter and the Matadors would lead after the first quarter.

Mount Miguel (2-4, 1-0) would start the second quarter moving the ball down the field and into Sultans territory all the way to the 2-yard line where Larry Yzaguirre took the handoff and punched his way into the end zone for the score to put the Matadors up 12-0 with just under 8:00 remaining in the first half.

A couple of minutes later the Matadors again regained possession and once again would put points on the board as Laverdiere found Jaheim Allen-Pompey in the flat on the short pass In which he would scoot his way following his blockers all the way to the house for the 72-yard score to extend the lead 18-0.

Mount Miguel would again regain possession but the drive would stall after Eric Kaszycki found his way into the backfield and brought down Laverdiere for the sack.

Santana (4-3, 0-1) with the ball back after the sack was able to move the ball downfield and with 1:05 left in the half would score as Brooks Moutaw scored untouched from 7-yards out to pull within 18-7. With a little momentum on their side, the Sultans figured they would go into the locker room only down by 11 points but low and behold they would get the ball back after James Shaplin stepped in front of a Laverdiere pass and picked it off.

ALLEN-POMPEY INTERCEPTS PASS IN END ZONE / PHOTO BY TRYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Now with the momentum in their favor and under a minute remaining in the first half, the Sultans were in business. They would move the ball into Matador territory and were on the verge of scoring when the Matadors intercepted the Sultans in the end zone by Allen-Pompey.

With the ball at the 20-yard line and just a small amount of time remaining in the half, everyone figured the Matadors would run out the clock. However, Head Coach Troy Starr decided to run one more play and that play was a backbreaker as Yzaguirre took the handoff and follow his blockers into the clear putting on the jets untouched to the house for the 80-yard score and give the Matadors a 26-7 lead at the break.

Mount Miguel would extend their lead in the third quarter with a little over 6:00 remaining as Pompey would haul in a Laverdiere pass for the 14-yard score to go up 32-7.

Santana would later add another score to make it 46-14.

“This is a huge win for us and to start league play with one gives us more confidence.” Said, Laverdiere, when asked about the big win to open Grossmont Valley League play. “After we picked off the pass in the end zone we were all cheering which hyped us up and of course we scored on the long run.”

“The interception was a big momentum changer as it was a 14 point swing.” Said Sultans Head Coach Tim Estes on the momentum swinging back to Mount Miguel. “We knew they had speed and they were able to convert on key third and long plays.”

In the big victory for the Matadors, Laverdiere had his way passing wise as he racked up 414 yards through the air and also passed for 5 touchdowns.

Next week the Matadors host their city rival the Monte Vista Monarchs in the annual Battle of Spring Valley while the Sultans travel the mile or so path up the street to face their city rival West Hills in the annual Battle of Santee aka the Mayors Cup.

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