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On a cold Saturday night, Las Lomas and the San Ramon Valley Wolves battled in an up and down game. San Ramon Valley’s high powered offense ultimately won this game, 35-28.
A game that started with three straight turnovers ended up being a thriller. An interception thrown by Las Lomas was given right back to it after a fumble in the red zone, which was then given right back to San Ramon Valley on another fumble. All of this was within the first part of the first quarter. The two teams settled down and the scoring began.
Caden Ridley ran up the right sideline, catching a perfect strike from quarterback Jack Quigley. The celebration would not last long, as the 7-0 lead SRV held after the first quarter vanished early in the second.
Enter running back Jermaine Land, who took a screen pass 11 yards to the endzone. He also decided to run someone over on his way to paydirt. The game was tied at 7 with just over 10 minutes to go in the first half.
San Ramon Valley got the ball back and quickly drove down the field with big plays. The San Ramon Valley high powered offense had 11 plays of 20-plus yards throughout the night.
That second scoring drive was capped off by Za’Darion Nardi, who made his first varsity start.
“I was a little nervous,” Nardi said. “Just balling out in my first varsity game – it just shows me that I’m one of the top players in California.”
After Nardi’s first touchdown of the night to make it a 14-7 game, Land struck again. On the ensuing kickoff, Land found a gaping hole through the middle of the field and then cut it down the right sideline, getting to the goal line and pushing a pile into the endzone. The wild first half was capped off with that play, as the score was 14-14 going into the half.
San Ramon Valley came out in the second looking to take control, which it did. For a moment at least.
The second half started with Quigley leading the team down the field and connecting with Caleb Padrid. The incredible catch by Padrid set Quigley up for a 1-yard quarterback sneak. The score was now 21-14, and SRV wasn’t done. Not long later, Nardi ran in his second touchdown of the night from three yards out to make the score 28-14.
Las Lomas was now down 28-14 and needed a spark. That’s exactly what it got when quarterback Dimond Loosli connected with their leading receiver on the night, Jabre Bevineau, for a 4- yard gain. A couple more big plays for Las Lomas brought it inside the 5, where it handed it off to its star of the night, Land, for his third score.
With the score now 28-21 in the fourth, the Las Lomas defense came up big ,pinning back SRV and making it punt from its own endzone. That punt and the return gave Las Lomas the ball at the 30-yard line. A broken coverage by SRV left Lance Heinan wide open for an easy 30-yard touchdown.
With the score now tied at 28, Quigley led his first game-winning drive of the season. Quigley and the offense drove down to the 25-yard line, and with just 50 seconds left in the game, he hit Ridley for the touchdown.
“We did it for our seniors,” Ridley said. “We all know it’s just for the seniors.”
San Ramon Valley moves to 1-0, but Quigley said he expects more going forward.
“We all know we could’ve played better,” Quigley said. “We should’ve scored at least three more touchdowns, but it feels good to get the dub.”
SRV will have its home opener next week, as it looks to move to 2-0 against Bishop O’Dowd next Saturday.
For Las Lomas, this is a hard fought loss, but it will look to bounce back against Acalanes, as it will travel to Lafayette next Saturday and try to improve to 1-1 for the season.
San Ramon Valley
Rushing: Za’Darion Nardi: 11 carries, 100 yards, 2 TD; Jack Quigley: 5 carries, 80 yards, TD; Wyatt Zilk: 3 carries, 14 yards.
Passing: Jack Quigley: 305 yards, 2 TD.
Receiving: Za’Darion Nardi: 4 catches, 30 yards; Caden Ridley: 4 catches, 89 yards, 2 TD; Tyler Hoffman: 2 catches, 21 yards; JP Murphy: 3 catches, 59 yards; Caleb Padrid: 6 catches, 106 yards.
Rushing: Andrew Ergood: 2 carries, 6 yards; Diamond Loosli: 6 carries, 19 yards; Jermaine Land: 8 carries, 32 yards, TD; Emanuel Karnley: 1 carry, 12 yards.
Passing: Diamond Loosli: 228 yards, 2 TD.
Receiving: Jabre Bevineau: 6 catches, 87 yards; Jermaine Land: 4 catches, 61 yards, TD; Lance Heinan: 2 catches, 38 yards, TD; Alex Lisi: 4 catches, 42 yards.
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