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LAVERDIERE & CO. GET STARR HIS FIRST WIN AS MATADORS SEAL DEAL

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

MOUNT MIGUEL 25,  VALHALLA 13

Definitely one of the more interesting matchups on the night in the East County as both programs were looking to get their new head coaches their first win for the program.

On the sidelines for the Matadors (1-2) is former Helix head coach Troy Starr while on the Norsemen (0-3) sideline is Mike Kastan who before this year was a veteran assistant coach for Valhalla. This along with the fact that both teams were looking for their first victory on the season was two of the more interesting storylines on the night.

The Matadors started the scoring early on as Jacob Laverdiere found Jadd Mallard for an 80-yard short slant that he took and zipped his way to the end zone to make it 6-0.

Unfortunately, the lead would evaporate for the Matadors as the Norsemen finally got the offense going into gear and marched down the field. They would finally get on the board when Luke Pillsbury would find Zachary Larson for the 8-yard catch and score to give them the 7-6 lead with 7:32 remaining in the first half.

Now leading the Norsemen defense went to work and was able to do the job and get the ball back for the offense. The offense was able to march again down the field thanks to a 52-yard run by Baker to give Valhalla the ball at the 1-yard line. The Norsemen thought they had a score but the Matadors defense had other ideas as they would pop the ball loose from Valhalla at the 1-yard line to end the scoring threat by Valhalla and send each team to the half.

Mount Miguel with a little over eight and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter would once again retake the lead as Laverdiere would find Erik Graham to make it 12-7. They would tack on another score early on in the final quarter when once again Lavadiere used his arm to find Dominic Morales for the 75-yard haul to extend the lead 18-7.

Despite being down in the fourth the Norsemen were able to fight back as Pillsbury was able to find Kiare Worthy for 43-yards to pull within 18-14 as the two-point conversion failed.

Only leading by a slim margin the Matadors went back to business on the offensive side of the ball. Led by Laverdiere they were able to move the ball through the air which included a 57-yard pass reception by Morales who zagged his way down to the five-yard line. Mount Miguel would on the very next play put the nail in the coffin as Lavadiere again did his thing as he found Jaheim Allen for the score to make it 25-13.

On the night for the Matadors, the receiving core put up some impressive numbers as Morales had 173 yards on four catches while Mallard hauled in 5 balls for 115 yards. These numbers were set up by Laverdiere who threw 4 touchdowns.

On the other side for the Norsemen, the ground game was led by Baker who rushed for 115 yards and Pillsbury through the air passed for 154 yards and the 2 touchdowns.

 

 

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