Thought I’d post this so it gets online quicker — congrats to SRV! Six straight playoff wins and they will take on the winner of Cal/Pittsburg next week.
By Kyle Bonagura, Staff Writer
DANVILLE — All year long the San Ramon Valley High football team has felt like it has been playing with something to prove. After Friday night’s thrilling 43-36 against second-seeded Monte Vista, there shoulnd’t be any doubters left.
The Wolves jumped out to a 36-14 lead on its first drive of the second half, but Monte Vista fought back with 22-straight points. Eventually tying the game on a 27-yard pass from quarterback Brett Nottingham to Tom Hemmingsen with 4:50 left in the game.
But as he has done several times over the past two seasons, San Ramon quarterback Joe Southwick stepped on the field and swiftly guided the Wolves on 79-yard touchdown drives in just six plays. Facing a third-and-six from the Monte Vista 26 yard line, Southwick rolled to his left, saw nothing, then was about ready to take off when he saw Bryce Peterson all alone in the right side of the end zone. He lofted a pass to Peterson, he made the catch and the Wolves retook the lead, 43-36.
“We had been flat the whole second half so to come out like that on that drive was huge,” Southwick said. “Monte Vista is a great team and we knew all week that this was going to be a high scoring game this time.
Brett (Nottingham) played great for them, but I think it just came down to execution.”
No stat was more telling than the turnover margin. The Wolves’ defense forced three fumbles and picked off Nottingham off four times, while the Mustangs did not force a single turnover.
The seven turnovers were simply too much for Monte Vista to overcome.
Southwick turned in a game for the history books — he completed 21-of-30 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns and came up with a key interception with under three minutes to play that essentially sealed the game for San Ramon. Byron Gruendl caught six passes for 184 yards and scored on a 66-yard play to make the score 22-7 in the second quarter. Peterson finished with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
“We have a great leader and quarterback in Joe Southwick and a team that is trying to prove people wrong,” Gruendl said.
The Wolves will play the winner of tonight’s game between No. 2 Pittsburg and No. 6 California.
Nottingham finished the game 28-for-45 for 384 yards and five touchdowns. Hemmingsen caught six passes for 182 yards and three scores. Little used running back Chris Borges had the game of his life, carrying the ball 25 times for 126 yards after being inserted after three first-half fumbles.
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No. 7 San Ramon Valley 43, No. 2 Monte Vista 36
San Ramon 16 13 7 7— 43
Monte Vista 0 14 13 9— 36
SRV — Trimble 26 pass from Southwick (Vandevanter kick)
SRV — Vandevanter 31 field goal
SRV — Peterson 9 pass from Southwick (kick failed)
MV — Tuckness 10 pass from Nottingham (Garcia kick)
SRV — Gruendl 66 pass from Southwick (kick failed)
MV — Hemmingsen 9 pass from Nottingham (Garcia kick)
SRV — Southwick 1 run (Vandevanter kick)
SRV — Southwikc 2 run (Vandevanter kick)
MV — Hemmingsen 68 pass from Nottingham (Garcia kick)
MV — Ertz 17 pass from Nottingham (pass failed)
MV — Safety
MV — Hemmingsen 27 pass from Nottingham (Garcia kick)
SRV — Peterson 26 pass from Southwick
Rushing: SRV — Trimble 5-11, Southwick 14-2. Totals: 19-13. MV — Borges 25-126, Wilkerson 4-27, Johnson 1-0, Nottingham 9-(-2). Totals: 38-151.
Passing: SRV — Southwick 21-30-0 459. MV — Nottingham 28-45-4 384.
Receiving: SRV — Peterson 8-173,, Gruendl 6-184, Trimble 7-86, Bradley 1-3. MV — Hemmingsen 6-182, Tuckness 7-72, Ertz 7-64, Brewster 5-41, LaBarbara 3-25,
Fumbles/lost: San Ramon 1/0, Monte Vista 5/3
Records: San Ramon Valley 9-3, Monte Vista 8-3.