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Hallgrimson making most of senior season

Matt Hallgrimson catches a pass against Granada on March 27, 2021. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo
Matt Hallgrimson catches a pass against Granada on March 27, 2021. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo

Amador Valley senior outside linebacker and receiver Matt Hallgrimson waited for the opportunity at a season season.

Now it’s finally here.

After long months of limbo, Hallgrimson is in the midst of his final high school campaign, three games into the year with just two remaining with the Amador Valley Dons before the next chapter of his journey begins.

“I’ve been waiting,” Hallgrimson said. “They were saying that we might not have a season, and now we’ve got it, so we’ve got to do everything we can.”

Well, Hallgrimson is making the most of it – backed by a strong offseason.

Hallgrimson worked on his speed and strength over the extended offseason, adding some muscle in the weight room at home while working out there every chance he could to prepare for the campaign.

“I’ve definitely seen speed and I’ve gained a couple more pounds,” Hallgrimson said. “It’s been going better and better every day.”

And he’s certainly built off a strong junior season when he was a first team all-league linebacker in the East Bay Athletic League Valley Division – a year in which he totaled 76 tackles and brought in a team-high four picks while the Dons captured a league crown.

The production is at 14 tackles and one tackle for loss through three contests. But he’s also a threat offensively with a pair of touchdown grabs.

Whenever Hallgrimson makes a play, he’s driven by his other Dons teammates.

“We’re all a family,” Hallgrimson said. “We have chemistry. We’ve been playing for so many years now, and I just feel like everyone together, that just motivates the whole team to be better.”

While Amador Valley is 1-2, both of its defeats came to ranked opponents in No. 11 Campolindo and No. 14 Livermore – the former was a one-score game over the weekend.

Two games remain, and Hallgrimson is ready to make the most of it while building on some preseason goals he had.

“Individual goals are just be a leader on the defense, just be in control of the game,” Hallgrimson said. “Don’t try to do too much for my team. Just got to do my job.

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