Friday, November 10, 2017
San Mateo High School
Capuchino High School
CAP EDGES THE BEARCATS
In San Mateo’s final game of the season Friday night, the Capuchino Mustangs posted a 14-10 victory over the Bearcats, giving SMHS a 6-4 record for the 2017 season. The Bearcats have been unlucky this year with key players out or banged up but they stayed in this game and even gave themselves a chance to win in the final minutes. They came up short on an off night for reliable senior QB Jose Ontiveros who was one of those playing with soreness from last weekend’s tough game against Burlingame.
The night started well for the Bearcats. On their second possession of the game, San Mateo took over on their 49 following a short punt. The O-Line, keyed all year by Steven Escalante, Gino Semenza, Manny Burgeno, Elvis Aquillar and Ari Blemur, opened up some nice holes for running back Jonathan Ramirez who reeled of consecutive gains of 12, 10 and 4 yards. Ontiveros then threw a 25-yard pass to Anthony Villalobos who worked himself free in the Cap end zone. Capuchino came back in the second quarter however with a 25 yard TD pass of their own by Trey Zahursky to knot the game at 7. The Bearcats drove to Cap’s 27 yard line with 26 seconds left in the half, but an errant Ontiveros pass was picked off in the end zone.
On their first possession of the third quarter, the Bearcats struck again. Starting at their 19, the drive included 38 yards on the ground by Ramirez, Villalobos and Joel Fakava and a nice catch and run for 37 yards by Jake Jeffries from Ontiveros. The drive stalled at the 6 yard line however where Jeffries kicked a 23 yard field goal to give the Bearcats a 10-7 lead.
In the 4th quarter, two 4th down plays determined the final outcome. On 4th and 1 on Cap’s 29 yard line, San Mateo was unable to convert and Cap took over on downs. Three plays after that, the Mustangs faced their own 4th and 1 on their 38 but they picked up a first on what would be the winning TD drive. Three plays later, a 41 yard scramble by backup QB Brandon Mailangi put the ball at the Bearcat 2 and the Mustangs punched it in from there. San Mateo had one more chance when Ontiveros hooked up with Gui Pains on a 50 yard strike to the Cap 29, but a couple of costly penalties pushed them back 10 yards and then another interception sealed the victory for the Mustangs.