Friday, October 6, 2017
Carlmont High School
San Mateo High School
BEARCATS COME UP JUST SHORT
In a wonderfully played game, SMHS came within a few feet of having the chance to tie or beat the undefeated Carlmont Scots Friday night. The Scots prevailed however 21-14 to give San Mateo its second heartbreak loss in a row after staring the season 4-0.
The game started well for the Bearcats. They were facing one of the top running attacks in CCS, with Demarri Blanks leading the way. Blanks had another good night, but the Bearcat’s strong defense shut him down more than he has been used to this season. The Scots were forced to punt on their first possession and the Bearcats did something they had not done all season, they scored in the first quarter. Starting at midfield, San Mateo drove 21 yards in 6 plays capped with a 29 yard Jose Ontiveros pass to TE Jake Jeffries put them on the board 7-0.
San Mateo stopped Carlmont’s next drive as well, but at the end of the 1st quarter Ontiveros was hit as he threw causing an interception that eventually lead to a quick strike by Carlmont. The 55 yard drive included a 32 yard scamper by Blanks and three plays later scored from the one for his the first of 3 TDs with 10:56 to play in the second quarter.
Opening the 2nd half knotted at 7 all, the teams traded possessions and on Carlmont’s second possession of the half Blanks delivered on their first play. This time it was a 45-yard TD run to give Carlmont a 14-7 lead. After another exchange of the ball San Mateo started their next scoring drive toward the end of the third quarter from their own 20. A key play in the drive was a 31 yard pass from Ontiveros to Kevin Grant. It looked like the ball was being intercepted, but Grant ripped the ball from the defender’s hands as they fell to the ground giving San Mateo first down at the Carlmont 33. Three plays later Ontiveros connected with Jeffries again from 13 yards out to even the contest at 14 all.
The final 9 minutes was as about as exciting as football gets. Carlmont started their final scoring drive chewing up over 7 minutes. The drive was highlighted by a successful 4th and 3 run by Carlmont from their 12 yard line. Blanks finally pushed it over the goal line on 3rd and 1 after a strong stand by San Mateoâs defense with a 1:36 to play. San Mateo came back firing. Ontiveros completed a series of short passes to move into Scot territory with under a minute to play. Then the improbable happened and it was a heartbreaker for the Bearcats. On a play that already delivered a TD earlier this season, coach Scheller called for a handoff to running back DaHareeha Allen from the Carlmont 29 who then threw downfield to Grant. Grant caught the ball and just as he was a stride from the end zone a Carlmont defender dove at him from behind and punched the ball out of his grip and the Scots recovered it in the end zone for a touchback to prevail 21-14.