Friday, September 8, 2017
Los Altos High School
San Mateo High School
BEARCATS FLYING HIGH
San Mateo’s Varsity Football Team is gaining momentum and attention after pitching a 34-0 shutout Friday night at home against the Los Altos Eagles to move to 3-0 on the season. QB Jose Ontiveros threw for three touchdowns, one to Jake Jeffries and two to wide receiver Kevin Grant who seemed to be playing catcher the entire game. Grant had an earlier touchdown grab thrown by running back Da’Hareeha Allen and also snared two interceptions on the night. Running back Jonathan Ramirez added the Bearcats’ fifth TD of the game for his first of the season.
The big story of the game was the Bearcat defense. Sacks came from middle linebacker William Bradford (1) and defensive tackle Ariel Blemur (2) who were joined by the Bearcats leading tackler Chris Lopez in the Eagles backfield seemingly all night. The SMHS defense not only held Los Altos scoreless, they never even let the Eagles near the red zone. The staunch play against the run and continued pressure on Los Altos’ QB led to 4 interceptions by the Bearcat backfield. In additions to Grant’s two, Juan Guzman snared an Eagle pass in the 3rd quarter and Gui Pains returned an interception 24 yards with just under 3 minutes to play in the game. In their first 3 games the Bearcat defenders have allowed only 22 points by their opponents. They have also forced 8 turnovers over that span, all interceptions, while not giving up the ball once on offense.
While they have yet to post a first quarter score this season, it only took the Bearcat offense until the 2nd quarter on Friday before flying over the Eagles. Grant started the first Bearcat drive with his first interception, then caught the first of his 3 second quarter TD receptions on a fake run by Allen who swung right then stopped and threw a 29 yard TD strike. Ontiveros took over the throwing duties after that, hitting Grant for 40 and 34 yard touchdowns to put the Bearcats up 21-0 at the half. The senior QB added his 3rd and longest TD of the night in the 3rd quarter on a 57 yard pass play to tight end Jake Jeffries. Grant picked off his second Eagle pass of the night early in the 4th quarter and returned it 31 yards to the Los Altos 25. That set up a short drive capped by a powerful 13 yard, tackle breaking run up the middle by Ramirez.
The game’s result was dampened somewhat by a scary moment in the 3rd quarter when Allen, playing safety for the Bearcats, went up high for an interception and took a hard hit in the back and then landed face first. He stayed still on the ground for over 15 minutes while play was suspended and medical staff could attend to him. Allen was taken to the hospital where xrays and a CT scan were normal, but he was diagnosed with a concussion. The team gathered together after the game for the picture above to wish D’Hay a speedy recovery.
The Bearcats travel to San Francisco next Friday to face off with Mission High School. The game will be significant in that it will the first played by SMHS at historic Kezar Stadium, the original home of the 49ers. Come out and cheer the both the JV and Varsity teams starting at 5pm. There will be plenty of great views to choose from with 10,000 seats available!