Week 1: Patrick Henry Patriots 40, Mount Miguel Matadors 34

For only the second time, the Patrick Henry Patriots and Mount Miguel Matadors faced off against each other to open the 2019 season.

New Patriots head coach JT O’Sullivan started his time on the right side of the coin with a 40-34 victory over the Matadors.

The Patriots scored early and often in the first half.  They started the festivities off with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Castillo to Kai Jessie just a couple of minutes into the game.  Castillo and crew converted on a two-point conversion to make it 8-0 Patriots.

The Green and Gold struck again with an Isaiah Jennings rush.  After another two-point conversion, it was 16-0 Patriots.

Mount Miguel (0-1) was stuck deep in their own territory.  The Patriots scored a safety to make it 18-0 just a couple of plays into the second quarter.

Mount Miguel’s defense stepped up and intercepted a pass in the endzone in the second quarter.

Quarterback Jacob Laverdiere connected with Jahiem Allen-Pompey for 40-yards for the Matadors.

Two plays later, Laverdiere connected with Kojo Miller for a 30-yard gain. Problem was that the Matadors would fumble at the 2-yard line to give the ball back to Henry.

At the break it was 18-0 Patriots.

In the second half, the Matadors began their comeback.

First ,the Red and Black scored on a 34-yard pass from Laverdiere to Miller to bring the score to 18-6.

After regaining possession, it was Laverdiere to Joseph Castillo from 14-yards to make it 18-13 Patrick Henry (1-0).

Mt. Miguel took the lead with a Laverdiere to Allen-Pompey from 15-yards to make it 20-18.

Patrick Henry said, “Enough is Enough!”

The big tight end Cameron Stoklosa (6’3”, 220 lbs) caught a skinny post pass that ultimately traveled 51-yards to make it 26-20 Patrick Henry, a lead they would not relinquish.

Castillo threw another TD pass to Kadeem Bakare for a 19-yard scoring strike, after the 2-point conversion the Patriots lead 34-20 at the end of the third.

Mount Miguel would make it interesting late in the fourth as Miller both started and finished the final scoring drive.  He started it by intercepting Castillo and returning the pick 50 yards.  He would end it by catching a short pass, just four plays later.

Laverdiere would cap the scoring with a short three-yard QB sneak.  But it was too little, too late.

Mount Miguel will travel to Chula Vista (0-1) as someone will exit with their first win of 2019.  Meanwhile, Patrick Henry will host idle Morse (0-0) in its home opener next week.


PREVIEW

The Patrick Henry Patriots will travel the nine miles to Mount Miguel Matadors to kick off the 2019 season on Friday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Spring Valley.  Both teams are in Division IV of the CIF rankings and haven’t met in more than 15 years.

The Patriots are looking forward to the beginning of the JT O’Sullivan era.  O’Sullivan has NFL, CFL and NFL Europe experience as a player.  He will have Matthew Castillo (5’8”, Senior) under center.  Last season Castillo threw for over 680 yards in nine games.  Joining him in the backfield will be Running Back Ray Bernard (5’10”, Senior) who played in seven games a season ago.  Two of the top three pass catchers are returning for the Green and Gold.  Wide Receiver Bryce Johnson (6’0”, Senior) and Tight End Cameron Stoklosa (6’3”, Senior) both caught over 100 yards in 2018.

Defensively, the Patriots will feature Free Safety Jack Gingrich (5’11”, Senior), Middle Linebacker Raymond Bernard (5’10”, Senior), Defensive End Cooper Smith (6’2”, Senior) and Vicente Alvarez (6’0. Junior) who all had 20 or more tackles a season ago.

Mount Miguel is in year two with former Helix coach and former PPR analyst Troy Starr.  The Matadors are returning a bunch on offense.  Quarterbacks Jacob Laverdiere (5’9”, Junior) will return to the field for his Junior year.  Last season he threw for nearly 3,000 yards.  He’ll have some talented receivers to threw to including Jahiem Allen-Pompey (5’7”, Senior) and Kojo Miller (5’11”, Junior).

Most of the Matadors will be playing on both sides of the ball at some point, the roster is slim with less than 30 players on the roster.

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