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After 2019 state title, Ugly Eagles win EBAL

Omari Taylor and Clayton Valley won an EBAL Mountain Division title. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Omari Taylor and Clayton Valley won an EBAL Mountain Division title. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

This game was for the championship and was the game that these two teams had been waiting for all year long. Clayton Valley visited the San Ramon Valley Wolves. Coming into this one, it was a contrast of two teams. A high-powered spread offense from the Wolves against the ground-and-pound Ugly Eagles, who just ran it 60 times against Monte Vista the week before. It was No. 7 Clayton Valley (4-1) coming out with the crown, defeating No. 8 San Ramon Valley (3-2), 17-14.

The Wolves came out firing on all cylinders. They would get the ball first and go on a drive that ended with a Jack Quigley 9-yard touchdown run. The snap went over his head, and he scrambled around until finding a seam into the end zone. This first drive by the Wolves lasted over 8 minutes long. They took off more than 66 percent of the time on the clock in the first quarter. Right after the drive, the defense came onto the field and forced a very quick three-and-out. San Ramon Valley had a great chance to take a grasp on the game early. 

It did not do it, though. Clayton Valley’s defense put the clamps on SRV’s offense. That’s when the ugly offense that the Ugly Eagles run came in and announced themselves into the game. They ran the ball on just about every play behind a great offensive line, and Dylan Seeley, Omari Taylor and Rahsaan Woodland started gaining some yardage on the SRV defense. 

They then called on a reverse to wide receiver Andrew Woolard Jr. Woolard took the reverse and had an open field until he got to the goal line, where he then stretched his way and plowed his way into the end zone to tie the ballgame at 7. The defenses took over for the rest of the first half before the Ugly Eagles just got into field goal range. A great kick brought tons of momentum and the lead to the Ugly Eagles sideline. 

Clayton Valley started with the ball in the second half after kicking the field goal. It looked to score on back-to-back possessions, but San Ramon Valley didn’t allow it. Clayton Valley would strike first, though. Quarterback Brenden Bush hit Woolard for his second touchdown of the night. All of a sudden the Ugly Eagles had put up 17 unanswered, and frustration started to mount for the Wolves. The Wolves were not going out without a fight, though. 

In a COVID season, the fans in this game were loud. While there was no student section, a couple students made their voices heard, and the band gave an electricity like there has not been all season long. The SRV offense responded to the energy and brought itself right back into the game. Set up by a great defensive stand, Quigley found wide receiver Caden Ridley. Ridley got all the down to the 1-yard line, and Quigley decided to run in his second touchdown. This time all he needed was a quarterback sneak to make it 17-14. 

With just about 3 minutes left, the ground-and-pound Ugly Eagles were trying to run the clock out and win the championship. It looked like SRV’s hopes were over, but a couple crucial mistakes gave it a chance. Clayton Valley stepped out of bounds, took holding calls and then threw an incompletion. However, the final incompletion also had a roughing the passer call. That call gave Clayton Valley a first down, but with all of the drama going the Wolves had forced a field goal attempt and they missed.

There were 54 seconds left, and SRV needed a field goal to force overtime against one of the best defenses in the league. It could not get it done. Quigley ran around every single play trying to create time and find someone open, but SRV couldn’t get away from the defensive backfield of the Ugly Eagles. A last second heave, though, was somehow caught by JP Murph,  but he was brought down at the 27-yard line and could not find a teammate to lateral it too. 

The Ugly Eagles stormed the field. The championship was won. Emotions were flying high dancing at midfield, as they celebrated the EBAL championship they had just won. A team that had won many titles the year before missed one thing, and in all of the craziness that is this 2021 spring season, they captured the EBAL Mountain Division championship.  

Box Score:

Clayton Valley

Passing: Brenden Bush: 63 yards, TD. Jake Kern: 37 yards.

Rushing: Omari Taylor: 24 carries, 109 yards. Dylan Seeley: 7 carries, 39 yards. Andrew Woolard Jr.: 2 carries, 26 yards, TD. Rahsaan Woodland: 6 carries, 15 yards. Brenden Bush: 1 carry, 12 yards. Jake Kern: 1 carry, -3 yards. 

Receiving: Alex Bush: 3 catches, 53 yards. Omari Taylor: 5 catches, 31 yards. Andrew Woolard Jr.: 1 catch, 26 yards, TD. Rahsaan Woodland: 2 catches, 16 yards.

San Ramon Valley

Passing: Jack Quigley: 94 yards.

Rushing: Za’Darion Nardi: 12 carries, 50 yards. Jack Quigley: 6 carries, 25 yards, 2 TD. Charlie Tagliaferri: 5 carries, 18 yards. Caden Economos: 2 carries, 5 yards.

Receiving: Caden Ridley: 3 catches, 52 yards. Caleb Padrid: 3 catches, 41 yards. Joshua Johnson: 1 catch, 18 yards. JL Moore: 1 catch, 15 yards.

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