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Clayton Valley wins old-fashioned way

Omari Taylor ran for 232 yards in Clayton Valley's 21-14 win over Monte Vista. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Omari Taylor ran for 232 yards in Clayton Valley's 21-14 win over Monte Vista. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

It was another game for the Clayton Valley Charter Ugly Eagles where they played ugly. Their football team really fits their mascot, as the No. 7 Ugly Eagles (3-1)  have won ugly all year long and ended up giving Monte Vista (0-4) a third heartbreaking loss. This game, which had a wild finish, ended 21-14, with Alex Bush catching the game-winning touchdown. 

This game felt like it was old school football. Both of these teams decided to keep this game up to the trenches and had both lines working hard all night long. There were a total of 77 running plays in this game, not including multiple shovel passes. Sixty of those rushing plays were run by Clayton Valley, and 37 of those 60 were run by the explosive Omari Taylor. 

The Ugly Eagles came out with their first drive and looked like they were going to dominate the line of scrimmage all night, as they ran the ball all the way down the field before giving it to Taylor from a yard out for their first touchdown of the night. This would be Taylor’s only touchdown of the night, but he had a major impact on the game, as he rushed for 232 yards.

Monte Vista also decided to run the ball a ton on the night, and it used its workhorse, Gavin Cribb. Cribb decided to match Tayloe early on with his own touchdown from a couple yards out with just a few minutes left in the first quarter. That would also be Cribb’s only touchdown of the night, but he finished with a total of 70 yards in the game. At this point, the game was tied at 7 and it would stay that way for a while. 

At this point, the defenses shined. The defensive talent on the field was amazing, as you had the likes of Josh Zeising, Dylan Seeley, Rex Archuleta and Rocco Schramm, among many many others. And the next portion of this game belongs to them. Nathan Price, who will be a college punter, really was a big part of the game as he changed the field position a couple times in this game. 

The Clayton Valley defense also played ugly all night, with multiple sacks and big hits, breaking up balls, which gave the offense multiple opportunities to score. Eventually that ground and pound formula worked again. This time it was the linebacker star Seeley playing fullback as well by getting the ball at the goal line. A little shovel pass from quarterback Jake Kern to Seeley gave the Ugly Eagles the lead again.

The offense was not done yet either, as Kern decided to throw it deep, this time to an open Bush, who fought his way into the endzone for a 42-yard touchdown. This touchdown put the Ugly Eagles up 21-7 with just over five minutes left, and it seemed like Monte Vista was about done. 

The Mustangs needed a big play, and they turned to their star. Jack Endries, who has multiple Division I football offers, decided to make it for them. Devitt scrambled and extended the play, giving Endries time to get open down the right sideline, and Devitt hit him. It was a footrace to the end zone, and on 4th-and-9, the Mustangs’ big play put them right back into the game. 

The Mustangs defense needed one more stop, and after giving up one first down to Taylor, they got it. Four hard runs by the Ugly Eagles only got them about nine-and-a-half yards, and the gutsy performance by the Monte Vista defense was impressive to watch. 

Now the offense was looking to make a heroic drive with no timeouts and just under two minutes left in the game. The Devitt-Endries connection was working again, as they connected a few times on that final drive, bringing the Mustangs to the 7 yard line. Time was not an issue, but the time forced them to throw the ball. Charlie Saylor intercepted a pass for Clayton Valley to win the game.

That would be the end of the game, as Saylor got the game-winning interception. The Mustangs have now lost all four of their games, and three of the four games have been heartbreaking, while the other was to No. 1 De La Salle. They are still searching for their first win and will try to get that done against Jesuit next week. The Clayton Valley Charter Ugly Eagles are now 3-1 and bounced back very well after losing to a very good Monterey Trail team. They have a big game against EBAL foe and No. 8 San Ramon Valley (3-1), which will decide the regular season EBAL champions.

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Box Score: 

Clayton Valley

Passing: Jake Kern – 112 yards, TD.

Rushing: Omari Taylor – 37 carries, 232 yards, TD. Rahsaan Woodland – 14 carries, 88 yards. Dylan Seeley – 3 carries, 27 yards. Brenden Bush – 3 carries, 10 yards. Jake Kern – 2 carries, 10 yards. Tariq Adams – 1 carry, 8 yards.

Receiving: Alex Bush – 1 catch, 42 yards, TD. Dylan Seeley – 5 catches, 26 yards, TD. Andrew Woolard Jr.: 2 catches, 17 yards. Tariq Adams – 1 catch, 12 yards. Quincy Lockett Jr. – 1 catch, 5 yards.

Monte Vista

Passing: Dyllan Devitt – 231 yards, TD.

Rushing: Gavin Cribb – 14 carries, 70 yards. Dyllan Devitt – 3 carries, 12 yards. 

Receiving: Jack Endries – 4 catches, 117 yards, TD. Judah Sheppard – 2 catches, 58 yards. Matt Nurre – 2 catches, 23 yards. Gavin Cribb – 4 catches, 22 yards. Jackson Nishihira – 2 catches, 16 yards. 

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