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The long wait is over, as spring football is finally here. Here are five takeaways from the opening weekend of Bay Area high school football.
Fast starts at Cal and Heritage
New eras at California and Heritage High School started off with a bang over the weekend.
Cal, in its first season under head coach Danny Calcagno, scored 63 points in its season opener in what turned out to be a 63-33 rout of the Dublin Gaels on Saturday evening. It was a 21-21 tie at the half before the Grizzlies outscored Dublin 42-12 in the second half.
Grizzlies quarterback Teddy Booras accounted for three touchdowns, with two coming through the air and another one on the ground. Jake Hubbard also accounted for three scores – two rushing and one receiving.
Heritage did just about everything right in its first game under Dave Fogelstrom, obliterating Granada in 46-6 fashion on Saturday evening.
Sophomore running back Devon Rivers was named the West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week after rushing for 267 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries, including 207 yards in the first half on 18 touches.
Acalanes, now the No. 21 team in the Bay Area, showcased its depth throughout Saturday’s 33-27 victory over No. 14 Monte Vista.
Senior quarterback Brady Huchingson – tabbed as one of the region’s top signal-callers – extended play after play, completing 18 of 26 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns, with another 42 yards on the ground. This comes after he tossed for 2,646 yards, 29 touchdowns and just five picks as a junior.
Three different Dons receivers surpassed 60 yards, led by junior Dante Montgomery’s 68 yards on two catches, adding a 68-yard rushing touchdown. Junior Evan Malmquist had 67 yards and his first career varsity score on four catches. Junior Will Berrien totaled 64 yards on four grabs.
Nic Rossi needed only 11 carries to reach 86 yards.
“Our receivers, they might be young, but they’re super talented and they know what they’re doing out there,” Huchingson said. “They’re all making plays all the time.”
Monte Vista’s incredible perseverance
Monte Vista provided one of the more heroic efforts in the sporting realm.
With only 23 players on the roster and more than 20 players out due to contact tracing, the Mustangs never folded, nearly pulling out a road win at Acalanes before falling in 33-27 fashion. They even led for a brief time in the game, overcoming a 13-0 deficit to take a 14-13 lead.
They also had two fourth quarter possessions while trailing 33-27 to take an advantage before time ran out.
Senior running back Gavin Cribb, who boasts a George Fox offer, was unstoppable in the form of 231 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries, sprinkling in an 18-yard touchdown pass on a trick play to senior Josh Zeising – typically a linebacker who also played receiver in this game – and bringing in four catches for 36 yards.
Junior tight end Jack Endries, who recently received a Fresno State offer, led Monte Vista with 40 receiving yards. Zeising notched 31 yards and a score on two catches. Junior Rocco Schramm recorded 73 yards of offense (47 rushing, 26 receiving) and scored his first varsity touchdown.
Dyllan Devitt, making his first-ever varsity start as a junior, was never rattled on the field or on the sideline despite the adversity and was 12-of-24 for 100 yards.
“They played awesome,” said Acalanes head coach Floyd Burnsed. “They’re going both ways a lot of them. Some of them were cramping and they still came back. No. 36, the running back (Cribb), he’s a warrior. I couldn’t believe he stayed on the field as long as he did.”
Quigley and company due for big things
San Ramon Valley’s offensive attack shined in a 35-28 victory at Las Lomas.
The Wolves, now ranked No. 8 in the Bay Area, were guided by the capabilities of junior quarterback Jack Quigley, a Division I prospect with a William & Mary offer. In his second full year as the starter, Quigley opened it up on a tear, throwing for 305 yards and two touchdowns in addition to 80 yards and a score on five catches.
Two receivers – sophomore Caleb Padrid (106 yards on six catches) and junior Caden Ridley (89 yards and two scores on four receptions) – reached 80-plus yards, followed by 59 yards from San Diego State tight end signee JP Murphy, an all-league selection at both tight end and defensive end in 2019.
Junior Za’Darion Nardi, who brought in two interceptions in one game in the club football season with Cal Strength, tallied 100 rushing yards and two scores on 11 carries, alongside 30 receiving yards.
The scary part: San Ramon Valley said it could have scored a lot more points.
“We all know we could have played better,” Quigley said. “We should have scored at least three more touchdowns, but it feels good to get the dub.”
Some stellar defensive efforts
Half Moon Bay, one year following a campaign where it completed an undefeated regular season and allowed 12.4 points per game, picked up right where it left off and surrendered just 10 points in a 19-10 victory against Burlingame.
Clayton Valley Charter senior linebacker Dylan Seeley intercepted two passes in the No. 5 Ugly Eagles’ 20-15 win at Inderkum. Seeley was the 2019 state championship game MVP.
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