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NORSEMEN TAKE CONTROL EARLY AND GIVE THE MATADORS A GORING

By Chris Davis
ECPreps.com Staff Writer
SPRING VALLEY — It was the Bryan Madriz show on Friday (Sept. 8) as the Senior had a heck of a night as he led the Norsemen to a 24-14 victory over Mount Miguel.

To say that Madriz was all over the place in the first half, would be an understatement. Just in the first 24 minutes of the game, he caught 17 yards, ran for 68 including a 63-yard jet sweep that could be a KUSI PPR Play of the Week candidate, and threw a 35-yard strike to setup a score. Add it all up and he had 120 yards for the Norsemen (2-1).

The Matadors (1-2) had a hard time getting going. They went 3-and-out on their first series and didn’t do much better on their second drive. That drive went nine plays. The first drive of the second quarter saw the team leave the field after three plays. Albeit a much different 3-and-out than the first drive. The Red & Black threw for a 17-yard completion from Mugabee Miller to Santino Pacheco. Shemar Green then went up the gut for two yards. Then the big play. A 61-yard stop and go down the right sideline from Miller to Pacheco for the score. The extra point was not good to make the score 10-6.

The bad news for Mount Miguel is that, that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.

Both teams were moving the ball quite easily between the 20’s. The problem is that the field is 100 yards, not 80.

To close out the first half, the Norsemen embarked on a 10-play, 79-yard drive. Included in the drive was a double-pass play from Dennis Dahlin to Madriz to Kiare Worthy for 35-yards down to the 3-yardline. Worthy would take it the rest of the way on the ground for a 17-6 score at the half.

The longest drive of the second half for Valhalla as they went on a 9-play, 22-yard drive but the 45-yard field goal was wide right. No biggie, Ty Schimke said, “I’ve got this!” He took control of the Matador punt at the Miguel 34 and took it to the house. That made the score 24-6 after the extra point.

Mount Miguel received a Valhalla punt at their own 39-yardline. After a sack on the first play of the drive, the Matadors put the car in drive. Miller heaved up a prayer to Pacheco for 11 yards. Two plays later the pair hooked up for 13 yards. Miller changed it up and threw a completion to Jarvis Heard for 33 yards. After two incompletions, Miller just took it the final four yards himself. On the ensuing 2-point conversion, Miller threw it to Jaheim Allen. The drive lasted 9-plays and went 61 yards.

The onside kick didn’t go Mount Miguel’s way. Two kneel downs and the game was in the books.

Valhalla will take next week off before taking on Eastlake in the South Bay. Meanwhile, the Matadors will try to even up their ledger as the Wolf Pack of West Hills comes down the 125 to Spring Valley next Friday (Sept. 15).

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