Mt. Miguel Matadors 44, Chula Vista 24
As hot as it was all over San Diego county Friday night, you would have thought it was pouring rain the way the turnovers piled up in the Mt. Miguel Matadors vs Chula Vista Spartans game. The turnovers created a lopsided victory for the home team Matadors who beat the Spartans by a score of 44-24 to pick up their first win.
The show started and finished with the dazzling backfield combo of Antoine Hamilton and Anthony Gilmore. The Spartans simply could not stop either running back that was thrown at them. The Matadors looked more like running bulls as they marched off the field at halftime to a 35-3 lead. Chula Vista had chances to keep the game close in the first half, but could not stop giving the ball back to Mt. Miguel with great field position. Starting from inside the opponents 5 yard line not once but twice, Anthony Gilmore racked up two 1st quarter touchdown runs of 4 yards and 2 yards respectively.
Chula Vista had several drives which could have altered the lopsided score but each time the Matador defense lead by Mike Jones stepped up big. Jones was all over the field and made his presence known early as his fumble recovery set up the Matadors first touchdown. Chula Vista led by quarterback Emiliano Orozco moved the ball all the way down field twice, both resulting in turnovers. The first was a fumble on Mt. Miguel’s 25 yard line in a 14-0 game, which could have pulled it to a one possession game. The second and most devastating, was a goal line stand by the Matadors right before halftime. The Spartans had time for another play, either a touchdown attempt or chip shot field goal, but inexplicably chose to let the clock run out. That goal line stand was analogous to the game in its entirety. Chula Vista had Mt. Miguel on the ropes a few times, but never landed a blow to hurt them. Mt. Miguel walks away unscathed and on its way to Poway next week to try and keep a 0 in the loss column against the Titans.
When the lights come on at 7 pm in Spring Valley Friday night, the Chula Vista Spartans and Mt. Miguel Matadors will look to put the 2014 season as far behind them as possible. Both will be coming off 8 loss seasons hoping to start out with a big first non-league victory.
Last season Mt. Miguel started off with a winning record of 3-2 and then went on to lose their next 5 followed with another heart breaker to Point Loma in the first round of CIF capping the run at 6. In a league like the Grossmont Hills variety, a fast start will be desired before reaching the likes of some of the best teams in San Diego County. On the mission to that fast start the Matadors will feature a stable of running backs against Chula Vista. The game plan versus Chula Vista will be a high paced offense that will try to wear down the spartan defense by rotating fresh legs out of the backfield.
Spartans head coach Daryl Butterfield will look to get his celebratory first win as the head man in his inaugural season. Chula Vista will return only six starters from last seasons 2-8 squad, not only will the coaching staff have a new look but the team will as well. A big problem last year for the Spartans was going 0-4 in the Metro Mesa league. In order to improve they will have to show they can not only win some league games but games outside the division like this Friday at Mt. Miguel.
The match-up to look for this week will be Emiliano Orozco manning quarterback for the Chula Vista Spartans against Mike Jones at free safety for the Matadors of Mt. Miguel. If Emiliano can get time behind that big O line the Spartans will trot out Friday night it will be very intriguing, because Jones one of the best players on defense in the county will be in the secondary watching his every move.