Modesto 26 San Mateo 51
September 13, 2014 @Modesto
The Pirates had an upset on their mind when fourth ranked San Mateo visited Modesto. MJC traded punches with San Mateo in the first half matching their fast spread offense with San Mateo’s powerful Wing T.
MJC’s offence was led by running back Anthony Cota (pictured) who scored on an 88 yard run to put the pirates up 6-0. Cota scored two touchdowns in the first half on 170 rushing yards. Cota ended the game with 226 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns. Quarterback Joseph LeGerrette-Luke started the game for MJC going 6-11 with 57 yards passing.
“I thought it was a pretty good game, we gave the game away I thoughts it was hard fought game and I thought we had it, just the errors added up”
Noted Cota who had a career day.
The rest of MJC’s first half scoring was from kicker Thomas Langley, who nailed two field goals from 40 and 41 yards.
MJC had lots of help from their defense that limited one of the most dominating offenses in the state. In the first half, San Mateo wore down the Pirates defense by controlling the ball for 21 minutes compared to MJC’s 9 minutes of possession in the first half. San Mateo came out in the second half and quickly drove down the field to pressure MJC. The Bulldogs would score twice at within the period of two minutes to take the lead 30-19 going into the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Spencer Thomas entered the game with 50 seconds left in the third quarter; staying in the game to lead the Pirates on a 90 yard drive highlighted by a 22 yard touchdown pass to Ronny Holly to cut the lead to 11 with nine minutes remaining in the game.
The Pirates would have a few more offense opportunities, but those yielded no change as they lose their second game of the season to San Mateo 26-37.
“I thought we played a great strong football game even though the game score got out of hand, late in the game, we were victims of our own mistakes, we played great for three quarters, San Mateo is a great football team and we were neck and neck with them. “For improvement against Diablo Valley College, In general we need to run our offense faster”
Noted Head Coach Sam Young.
Next week MJC will face another tough opponent in Diablo Valley College (2-0).
“There is always room for improve, before Next week against DVC, the Leaders will step up and stop all these errors that we had in this game I think we should play a great game. To improve our team we need to eliminate mental errors as much as possible, we were in the game until the mental errors started.”
Stated Anthony Cota, who is a team leader.
Some notable statistics leaders for MJC TJ Williams led MJC receivers with two catches for 56 yards. On defense Jordan Faatiga had the game high nine tackles. Ronny Holley had 113 return yards on 6 returns.
Overall MJC ran with one of the best teams in the state and held their own for three quarters. One problem for Modesto was third down efficiency as they were 1-11 on third down conversions. Turnovers were also an issue for MJC as they committed five in the second half.
MJC will play next against Diablo Valley College at DVC on Friday Night.