The Mount Miguel Matadors snuck past the Santana Sultans 26-24, to secure third place in the Grossmont Valley League.
The Sultans jumped out to the early lead with Josh Oedewaldt’s 1-yard quarterback keeper. They extended their lead when Timmy Tischer booted a 30-yard field goal in to make it 10-0 Santana.
Senior Mugabe Miller was not happy about the score on his team’s “senior night.” So he did something about it, he scrambled for a 79-yard touchdown run. The Matadors missed the extra point making the score 10-6 Santana.
Another senior, Santino Pacheco decided he wanted to make his impact felt. He took a Tischer punt back 75 yards into the end zone. Mount Miguel took their first lead of the game going up 12-10.
Pacheco said once is nice but I want to do it twice. Pacheco took back another Tischer punt to the house this time an 82-yard return.
Shemar Greene extended the Mount Miguel lead to 26-10 when he ran in from 3 yards out.
Santana was down but they were far from out. They scored quickly when Oedewaldt had another keeper from 1 yard out.
After a quick stop, the Sultans scored again to make it 24-26. They had to go for two for the tie. It was a reverse pass back to the quarterback Oedewaldt who made the catch but was out of bounds. The try was no good and the Sultans fell.
The Matadors take third place in the Grossmont Valley League and finish 4-6 just like the Sultans who finish 4-6.
Preview: The Week 11 matchup between the Mount Miguel Matadors and the Santana Sultans is a battle for third place in the Grossmont Valley League. The contest is huge for playoff implications. Both Santana and Mount Miguel are on the cusp of Division III playoff spots.
Last year’s matchup between the schools was an exciting high scoring affair. The Matadors snuck past Santana 47-41.
Senior leadership has been a huge part of both program’s 2017 season.
For Mount Miguel’s offense, Mugabe Miller has led the Matador offense with 1,211 passing yards and 8 touchdowns. Miller has also found the end zone on the ground four times.
Shemar Greene has rushed for 760 yards and 6 touchdowns. Greene also has caught the ball 20 times for 390 yards and 4 touchdowns.
This is a matchup that Greene has been excited for since last season where he rushed for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns against Santana in 2016.
As for the Matador defense, look out for senior standout Santino Pacheco who has a team-leading 66 tackles on the season.
For Santana, senior quarterback Josh Oedewaldt has also been looking forward to this matchup since this time last year. In 2016, Oedewaldt torched the Matadors with 349 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
In 2017, Oedewaldt has thrown for over 1400 yards and has tossed 13 touchdowns. He owes some of his success to senior Davon Chestnut. Chestnut has 551 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns this season.
On defense, senior Landon Wood has dominated with 80 solo tackles on the season, yes 80. He has a total of 96 tackles and a couple of sacks to add.
It is one of the most exciting matchups of Week 11 especially because of what it can mean for the playoffs.
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