Wolves suffer disappointing loss to rival Mustangs
Molly O'Brien, Staff Writer
November 17, 2011
Filed under Sports
San Ramon faced the rival Monte Vista Mustangs on Thursday, Nov. 10, in a night that ended in a terribly bitter defeat for the Wolves when the Mustangs scored the game winning field goal with 9.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The final score was 34-33.
Five minutes into the first quarter, Monte Vista kicked a field goal and took the lead until four minutes later when Zach Kline (12) ran the ball in for the Wolves’ first touchdown to put the score at 7-4.
The second quarter was a battle of offense and defense and remained without further points until a 1-yard run by Jordan Weiss (12) with 1:28 remaining in the first half gave the Wolves an 11 point lead. The Mustangs scored with nine seconds (it seems like nine is the Mustang’s magic number) left in the half and cut the Wolves’ lead to four points going into halftime.
Four minutes into the third quarter, Matt Turner (11) scored on a 40-yard pass from Kline followed by another successful extra point attempt by Matt Anderson (11), giving the Wolves an 11 point edge once again. Monte Vista responded three minutes later with a touchdown and a successful two point conversion for a total of eight points to make the score 21-18 with San Ramon still in the lead. Three minutes later, Anderson kicked a successful field goal and put the score at 24-18. The tension could be felt throughout the stadium, and the San Ramon fans banded together to support their home team through the cold as the fourth quarter began.
San Ramon scored first on an 18-yard run by Weiss, followed by an unsuccessful two point conversion attempt. Regardless, Wolves fans became a bit more comfortable with the 12 point lead SRVHS had over Monte Vista.
Monte Vista scored twice within the next five minutes, followed by a successful extra point and an unsuccessful two point conversion for a score of 31-30 that left the Wolves down a point and the San Ramon football fans screaming out for a last minute rally. That rally came in the form of Anderson’s 22-yard field goal after a controversial call on whether Turner had stepped out of bounds on the way to a potential game winning touchdown. The officials’ decision to call the play out of bounds led to no avail for a critical clinch first down.
Wolves fans and players alike held their breaths as they helplessly watched Monte Vista offense roll down the field and score a 27-yard game winning field goal to leave the final score at 34-33.
Kline completed 18 of 25 attempted passes for 269 yards. Weiss rushed a great game with 265 of the team’s 299 rushing yards in 28 attempts, averaging over 10 yards per carry. Marcus de la Peña (10) rushed 46 yards in 6 attempts. Turner had 116 yards in 6 receptions, and Patrick Worstell (12) had 102 yards in 7 receptions.
Colin Nelson (12) had 11 tackles, 9 solo and 2 assists, and Eric Yehl (11) successfully sacked Monte Vista quarterback Jeff Lockie once for a loss of 5 yards.
On Friday, Nov. 18, come support the Wolves at their home field as they face the 6-4 Castro Valley Trojans in the first round of the NCS playoffs.