Mount Miguel’s Auggie Baltazar makes a play on special teams, blocking a kick, during the Matadors’ 42-21 victory over host El Capitan on Friday night in Grossmont Valley League action.
Lakeside The Mount Miguel Matadors were unranked and unnoticed until Friday night. That’s when they visited El Capitan and posted their fourth straight victory over the Vaqueros.
Most likely this latest 42-21 conquest will earn Mount Miguel its fourth straight Grossmont Valley League championship.
Senior running back Ben Lomibao scored on runs of 23, 17 and 5 yards to help stake the visiting Matadors to a 28-14 halftime lead. He also closed the scoring with a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Lomibao was not available for comment as he left the game with a concussion.
Perhaps the backbreaking play of the opening half was delivered by Davaughn Murray, who returned a kickoff 86 yards with 90 seconds left in the first quarter.
Both quarterbacks — the Matadors’ Brad Moreno and the Vaqueros’ Brad Cagle — were under pressure throughout the night, neutralizing their usually potent scrambling ability.
The Matadors sacked Cagle three times in the opening two quarters, while the aggressive Vaqueros notched two sacks of Moreno.
Moreno completed 5 of 9 for 79 yards.
“You know when you play El Capitan they have a whole boatload of trick plays,” Moreno said. “It’s hard to guess what’s coming. In the films we’ve seen them throw several defenses, including a 5-2. We tested them with the run and did pretty well early on, but they caught on and shut back down.
“I mean, these guys still run the whole gamut of junk offenses, including the Statue of Liberty — nobody runs that. You never know what to expect from them.”
Added Moreno, “The main thing is we met our goal, which was to become four-peat league champions.”
“That’s all we’ve been talking about all week,” said running back Tre Breyers, noting that the Matadors (5-2) still have three games remaining.
El Capitan fell to 6-1.