Mount Miguel's Jovon Richardson takes the ball upfield against Poway.
POWAY An old coach once said you could show up at a game in the fourth quarter, not know the teams or the score, and tell who was winning by the way the piles were moving.
Mount Miguel won the battle of the piles and the scoreboard Friday night, throwing over and running through the Poway defense en route to a 38-3 nonleague win.
“We had it clicking pretty good,” said Mount Miguel coach Shaun McDade. “We felt we could play at this level. I think we showed the caliber of our team.”
The Matadors (4-2) had 14 plays of 10 yards or more while holding Poway to nine plays of a yard or less.
“The defensive guys watched a lot of film,” said Mount Miguel running back-defensive back Davaughn Murray. “Poway’s a good team.
“Honestly, I thought the score would be closer.”
Matadors quarterback Brad Moreno threw for 151 yards, completing 11 of 18 passes.
The Matadors had two rushers go over the 100-yard mark — Ben Lomibao with 123 yards on 14 carries and Murray with 142 yards on 22 carries.
Mount Miguel rolled up 444 yards total offense.
The Matadors held Poway (2-3) to 83 yards rushing and 88 passing. The Titans completed just 8 of 23 passes.
Poway scored on the game’s first series as junior Jordan Choukair booted a school-record 50-yard field goal, breaking the record of 47 held by three players.
It was all Mount Miguel after that.
The Matadors drove 80 yards on 11 plays with Lomibao going the last 2 yards for the score.
Mount Miguel lost a chance for a score late in the first quarter when Poway forced a fumble at its 4 and Issaih Aguero recovered for the Titans.
After an exchange of punts, the Matadors were on the move again, going 80 yards, this time needing just six plays with Murray going in from 4 yards out midway through the second quarter.