ANTIOCH, Calif. -
No dramatic finishes needed for the San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.)
High School football team this week.
To the contrary, this one was all but decided six seconds into the second quarter as the visiting Wolves (2-0) rolled to an easy 41-14 victory over an athletic but inexperienced Antioch (Calif.)
squad on Friday night.
San Ramon Valley, which needed a 47-yard yard field goal by Brett Barbier
with 17 seconds remaining to beat visiting Mitty last week, scored on its first four possessions to take a 27-0 lead and was never really threatened.
Junior quarterback Zach Kiline
, who on Sunday committed to Cal, fired three touchdown passes in a little more than two quarters of play and the Wolves intercepted four passes, two by junior Michael Tagliaferri
who returned one for a 45-yard touchdown.
Following the first 12:06 onslaught, the Wolves weren't exactly sharp, but it was still a solid win.
"We came out in the first quarter and did what we expected to do," San Ramon Valley coach Mark Kessler said. "We were a little rocky in the second quarter, but that's a product of being young. "
Despite the lopsided score, the Wolves only held a 273-232 edge in yards, but Antioch moved the ball long after the game was decided.
Most everyone got involved for the winners, as six different players scored.
Kline fired touchdowns passes of four, eight and 27 yards to Nicholas Eckel
, Kaulin Blair
and Keaton Harvey
, respectively, and Michael Summers
and Benjamin Teichman
scored on runs of 12 and two yards.
The Wolves (2-0) also sacked Antioch quarterbacks Billy Cloninger
and Troy Amate
six times. Antioch did complete 19 passes in 40 attempts for 221 yards in its no-huddle, spread attack, but it managed just 11 rushing yards in 27 attempts.
Summers and Trent Patterson also contributed interceptions.
"Overall, I think we did what we wanted to do tonight," Kessler said. "And the main thing is a lot of people contributed."
For the second straight game, Tagliaferri came up huge. He intercepted a Cloninger pass in the end zone when the Panthers (0-3) were threatening in the second quarter, then he jumped a rout in the third quarter and sprinted 45 yards untouched down the right sideline for his third pick of the season.
He had a key interception against future Cal quarterback Kyle Boehm in last week's win.
"Michael is a heck of a player," Kessler said. "The irony is I'm not sure he knows exactly what he's doing out there yet. When he does, he's going to be a key cog for us both offensively and defensively."
Said Kline of Tagliaferri, who is also a lacrosse standout: "Michael is on fire. He's one of the greatest athletes I've seen. He's just awesome. He makes key plays when we really need him to make plays."
Said Tagliaferri: "I'm just doing my part. We have great senior leadership and the juniors are stepping in to do their jobs."
Kline doesn't mince words when asked just what the Wolves are capable of accomplishing this season.
"Personally, I think we can win an NCS championship," he said. "We have great team chemistry, a great line, great players and great coaches."
Kessler isn't nearly prepared to go that far yet.
"We're still very much a work in progress," he said. "But we're definitely headed in the right direction."
Though Antioch was cooked after the first four drives, the Panthers never quit and played hard to the final gun, scoring with two seconds left on a 1-yard sneak by Amate, who also completed a 14-yard TD pass to Anthony Borrelli
in the third quarter.
The Panthers also got solid all-around games from James Hickman
(10 tackles, five catches, 83 yards) and UC Davis-bound Shamawn Wright
(five catches, interception).
"We made too many mistakes early and never could overcome them," Antioch coach John Lucido said. "But that's a very good team we played. This should help us get ready for (the Bay Valley Athletic League)."
——————————San Ramon Valley 41, Antioch 14
San Ramon Valley 20 7 14 0 - 41
Antioch 0 0 7 7 - 14First quarter
SRV – Eckel 4 pass from Kline (Rider kick), 8:26
SRV – Summers 12 run (Rider kick), 5:15
SRV – Teichman 2 run (kick failed), 4:27Second quarter
SRV – Blair 8 pass from Kline (Rider kick), 11:54Third quarter
SRV – Harvey 27 pass from Kline (Rider kick), 9:08
SRV – Tagliaferri 45 interception return (Rider kick), 7:16
A – Borrelli 14 pass from Amate (Lucido kick), 2:29Fourth quarter
A – Amate 1 run (Lucido kick), 0:02Individual Statistics
Rushing (Car-yards): SRV – Summers 7-55, Reed 3-32, Kline 2-3, Gurule 2-3, Teichman 1-2, Barbier 1-2, Wang 1-2, Eckel 1-2, Clancy 1-0. A – Robinson 10-29, Simmons 1-11, Lewis 4-2, Wright 1-2, Cloninger 1-(-5), Amate 9-(-27).
Passing (comp-att-yards-ints): SRV – Kline 10-19-156-1, Love 2-10-16-0, Villa 0-2-0-0. A – Amate 15-30-191-1, Cloninger 4-10-30-3.
Receiving (rec-yds): SRV – Peterson 3-65, Blair 3-49, Harvey 2-32, Barbier 1-11, Summers 1-6, Hamblin 1-5, Eckel 1-4. A – Hickman 5-83, Wright 5-47, Borrelli 4-54, Robinson 2-4, Simmons 1-20, Curcio 1-10, Bosely 1-8.Team statistics
Rushing yards: SRV - 101, Antioch 11.
Passing: SRV 12-31-1-172, Antioch 19-40-4-221.
Total yards: SRV 273, Antioch 232.
Records: SRV 2-0, Antioch 0-3.