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The game for the battle of Danville was absolutely electric. From kickoff to the final horn, the fans in the stands and the play on the field made this one of the best games of the spring 2021 season. San Ramon Valley (4-2) would be the one who would eventually outlast Monte Vista (0-6) with a comeback and a 28-21 victory.
With the return of a limited student section for the game, there was electricity throughout the game, and the play on the field showed how much high school football has missed the packed houses. San Ramon Valley would once again come out of the gates blazing. Getting down the field fairly quickly, Jack Quigley found his San Diego State bound tight end JP Murphy. That was a great idea because Murphy had himself an amazing night on his final high school game of his amazing career at SRV. His first touchdown catch was a candidate for the catch of the year, as he jumped up and just snatched the ball over the Monte Vista defender. The early 7-0 lead wouldn’t hold up for San Ramon Valley, though.
Dyllan Devitt and the Monte Vista crew have had a tough year, as they came into this game 0-5 with heartbreaking losses all year long, but in the rivalry game the records do not matter. On the first play of the second quarter, Gavin Cribb, the workhorse of this Monte Vista squad, ran it in out of the wildcat formation to make it a 7-7 game. This would be the first of many momentum shifts.
The next momentum shift came from junior running back Za’Dorian Nardi. Nardi rushed the ball well all night long, but his big play in this game came from 39 yards out as he broke through the line of scrimmage and ran down the right sideline and waltzed into the end zone. The blocking of the offensive line and the wide receivers Caleb Padrid and Caden Ridley made running lanes all night. This brought all of the momentum back to the San Ramon Valley side of the field and put it back on top 14-7. A delay in this game would take that momentum away, and Monte Vista would capitalize.
An interception by the Monte Vista defense with just a little time left in the first half gave Monte Vista a chance to tie the game going into halftime. Devitt took advantage of the opportunity as he hit Cole Boscia. Boscia has only played two games on the season, but when he is on the field Monte Vista offense takes another step up. The late first half touchdown would make this a 14-14 ballgame going into the half.
Coming out of the half, Monte Vista kept its momentum going, and it would take its first lead of the night. This time it was the college prospect Jack Endries hauling in the pass from Devitt. Endries has been dominant all season, showing why he is one of the best tight ends in the Bay Area. This touchdown would make it a 21-14 game, and Monte Vista was looking primed to make this its first win of the year.
A goal line stand by the Monte Vista defense put it in position to take a stranglehold on the game. The San Ramon Valley defense did its job, though, forcing it to a fourth-and-short, and Monte Vista ultimately decided to punt the ball away to the high powered offense on the other side.
Murphy made another incredible catch, as he had himself two touchdowns and a huge night in his final game. On another great pass from Quigley, Murphy’s touchdown catch tied it at 21-21.
The young wide receivers that San Ramon Valley has in Padrid and Ridley are a huge reason as to why this offense can be so explosive. It was Ridley’s turn to have an amazing night, and that he did. He ended the night with 10 catches on the night, but none were bigger than the eventual game-winning touchdown from 38 yards out. Quigley had one more dime in his right arm, and Ridley was the receiver of it. This would make the game 28-21 in the latter half of the fourth quarter.
With plenty of time to put a drive together, that is exactly what Monte Vista did. With the fans being very loud and the electricity flowing through the stadium, Monte Vista had a fourth-and-goal from the 7-yard line with a chance to tie the game. That is when it decided to go to Cribb, but this time from the wide receiver position. On a slant towards the middle of the field, Cribb caught the ball, but a great tackle by Jack Catterton kept Cribb out of the end zone and stopped a half yard out of the end zone.
Monte Vista’s defense would give it one more chance, but it could not get into position to score and an interception would end the game and give San Ramon Valley its fourth straight regular season win over the Mustangs.
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