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MATADORS LOOK TO GET BACK ON TRACK

2017 EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL PREVIEW

By Adam Paul

Staff Writer

The 2017 version of the Mount Miguel Matadors will look to improve from a year ago when they finished 3-8 and lost in the first round of the San Diego CIF Division III Playoffs.

The Matadors have over a dozen returners from last year’s squad so that will give them a little experience. However they will start the season with a brand new quarterback as Benny Valadez graduated.

However Coach Shaun McDade who will be starting his 6th year as head coach always has his squads ready to go and ready to play physical football.

The new field general taking over at the reigns of the quarterback position will be Mugabee Miller who last season as a two way player. As a wide out last season he 14 balls for 142 yards and a score.

Helping out Miller, by taking some of the load off will be Shemar Greene who last season rushed for 1,099 yards on 190 carries while scoring 11 touchdowns including a monster of game against league foe Santana in which he rushed for over 300 yards. Also in the back field will be Santino Pacheco who garnered 417 yards on 82 carries and scoring 3 touchdowns.

Receiving wise both Greene who had 11 catches for 191 yards and a score and Pacheco who had one grab are the only ones who registered stats last season.

Returning for the Matadors in the trenches are Enrique Bautista, Alex Lemon who is playing tackle also is on the defensive side as well plugging up space at the defensive tackle position. Lemon is being recruited by some big time programs including SDSU,  Utah among others. Another returner is senior Oscar Meza.

On the defensive side of the ball for the Matadors is Alex Lemon who registered 42 tackles including 4.5 for a loss and also 2 sacks last season. Mugabee Miller also is on the other side and he had 30 tackles last season, joining him is Jarvis Heard who tallied 32 tackles last season, Edward Jones is returning as well.

Coach McDade always has his teams prepared for the rigorous schedule that helps prepare them for league as they don’t duck anyone.

The Matadors open the season with four straight home contests against the Morse Tigers, Chula Vista Spartans who they barely lost to in the season opener 35-30 so that will be somewhat of a revenge game, Valhalla Norsemen and West Hills who they lost to in a thriller 29-28 in which the contest was decided in the last minute or so. That wraps up the home portion of the non-league schedule.

The road portion includes a long bus trip down to the valley to take on the Imperial Tigers which is an important game as it is against a Division III opponent so a loss will hurt and they wrap up the end of September with a game against the defending State Champions of Division II the Madison Warhawks.

The really neat thing about the games against West Hills, Imperial and Madison is the fact that each of those contests are TOUCHDOWN FOR CANCER games. So for these three games for every touchdown that is scored a certain amount of money is given and will directly benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their fight against childhood cancer.

After the non-league schedule the Matadors will start the Grossmont Valley League schedule off with a contest against their rival Monte Vista at Monte Vista. The second league game is at El Cajon Valley. The final two league games are at home against Granite Hills and to finish off the season looking to garner some revenge for a shootout loss to Santana 47-41.

The Matadors will compete once again for a spot in the Division 3 playoffs along with East County opponent Santana. Mount Miguel if they play their cards right they should vie for a great spot and be one of the favorites to make the championship game.

 

 

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