Holiday Classic story and box score

My story from the Holiday Classic didn’t make it into a few of our early editions, I believe. I also didn’t get the box score into today’s paper. So here’s the story and the box score from last night’s game.

By Jimmy Durkin

A stout defense propelled the East Bay to a 12-9 victory over Sacramento in the Holiday Classic all-star football game at Monte Vista High on Friday night.

The East Bay allowed just 165 yards of offense to Sacramento, which had Folsom quarterback Tanner Trosin, the state record-holder for passing yards in a season.

“We did incredibly good,” Livermore’s Damariay Drew said. “Our coach was telling us all week he’s a good quarterback, he’s got a good arm. We just came out here and did our jobs.”

Drew had two third-down sacks to force Sacramento punts. He also had 51 yards receiving and a team-high 37 yards rushing.

California quarterback Kevin Farley was 15 of 26 passing for 221 yards and connected with Grizzlies teammate Armani Washington (three catches, 106 yards) for a 61-yard touchdown to put the East Bay on top 12-9 in the third quarter. The duo also clinched the victory with a 36-yard pass play to help run out the clock.

“It felt pretty sweet,” Farley said. “(Washington) had been making plays all season. I just throw it up to him, and he makes the play.”

The East Bay had the early scoring opportunities but didn’t cash in on its first as Liberty’s Kyle Rainsford missed a 29-yard field goal.

The East Bay defense held the next two times Sacramento had the ball, using three sacks to force a punt and turnover on downs. The turnover on downs came when Sacramento went for it on fourth-and-three from midfield, and Vista del Lago quarterback Aaron Young was dropped for an 11-yard loss.

Three plays later, Deer Valley running back Matt Smith burst 27 yards for a touchdown to give the East Bay a 6-0 lead.

The East Bay recovered a fumble on Sacramento’s next possession but was forced to punt. That led to Sacramento’s only points of the first half.

A 30-yard pass from Trosin to Folsom teammate J’juan Muldrow and two penalties set up Sacramento at the 12-yard line, and Trosin hit Vacaville’s Melvin Mason on a screen pass for a touchdown with 55 seconds left in the second quarter. The point-after gave Sacramento a 7-6 halftime lead.

A safety on the first offensive play of the third quarter gave Sacramento a 9-6 lead.


Holiday Classic

East Bay 12, Sacramento 9
Sacramento 0 7 2 0— 9
East Bay 0 6 6 0— 12
EB — Smith 20 run (kick failed)
Sac — Mason 12 pass from Trosin (Vue kick)
Sac — Safety, intentional grounding in end zone
EB — Washington 61 pass from Farley (kick failed)
Rushing: Sac — Mason 3-50, Wiernicki 4-16, Milan 4-11, Graves 2-10, Patalano 1-4, Young 4-(-18), Trosin 5-(-26). Totals 23-47. EB — Drew 9-37, Smith 3-32, Heard 2-7, Samuels 2-6, Martin 3-2, Farley 7-(-22). Totals 26-62. Passing: Sac — Trosin 5-12-0 78, Young 4-10-0 40, Graves 0-1-0 0. Totals 10-23-0 118. EB — Farley 15-26-0 221, Scritchfield 1-1-0 36, Heard 1-2-0 3, Drew 0-1-0 0. Totals 17-30-0 260. Receiving: McMurtrey 3-34, Jones 3-22, Muldrow 1-30, Patalano 1-23, Mason 1-12, Wagner 1-(-3). EB — Scritchfield 4-29, Washington 3-106, Drew 3-51, Barnes 3-50, Johnson 2-10, Miller 1-12. Fumbles/lost: Sacramento 1/1, East Bay 3/0.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

  • FNL680

    Nice story Jimmy. The defense WAS hard hitting last night. The Sac passing game was ineffective and there were sacks galore with blitzing and essentially no fullback formations. It was 35 degrees in the stands…was there a heater in the pressbox?

  • East Bay Fan

    It didn’t seem either team took advantage of their very talented running backs.

    With Sac’s Mason going 3 – 50, a drive up field could have been a game changer.

    And rather than rotate in Smith who was 3 – 32 and had scored the game’s only rushing TD, East Bay continued to remain solely focused on Drew, even though he wasn’t producing any rushing numbers.

  • Thanks FNL680. There was definitely some hitting. Drew absolutely decked Trosin on one play, but Trosin popped right back up. Farley took some big hits too and kept getting up.

    Not sure if they press box had heat. I was on the sidelines. Was very cold down there too.

  • Prep Fan

    Congrats to the East Bay team, and the Cal High connection of Farley to Washington for 2 huge plays in the big win over Sac last night. Farley outplayed Trosin and the East Bay defense came up big, holding Sac to just 47 yards rushing and Trosin to just 78 yards and Sac to 118 yards passing for the game. Heard got injured in the first half and didn’t return.

    East Bay Fan, there is no need to knock Drew, who had an outstanding game on defense and rushed for over 4 yards per carry. Smith had a nice TD run to open up the scoring. I’m not sure if they had one, but Drew or Farley should have gotten player of the game, along with the entire East Bay defense.

    Only the East Bay special teams kept them from running away with this one. A couple of trick play attempts by the East Bay coaching staff on a kickoff return and the next play from scrimmage resulted in the safety for Sac and a 9-6 lead at the time, prior to the game winning Washington TD grab.

  • East Bay Fan

    Prep Fan, I wasn’t knocking Drew. Simply making the point that there were other skilled players with better offensive stats that watched the game from the sideline.

  • Guys…How big was the crowd????….I missed the whole thing as i didn’t finish work until 8 P.M and it would take me an hour to get to Monte Vista…From what you guys commented on…the East bay played Sac tough…good for the players….

  • Prep Fan

    It was nice to see Trevor Taft from Cal High (Nevada)and Ricky Lloyd (So. Miss) from Concord High on the sidelines tonight at the Hawaii Bowl rooting on their teams. They were teammates at last year’s Holiday Classic and on opposing sidelines as red shirts tonight. Some other locals on the Nevada roster included Corbin Louks (SRV), Al Rosette (DLS), Jeff Meads (Cal), Zach Madonick (SRV), Lenny Jones (San Leandro) and Brandon Grinstead (SRV).

  • MoreauFan2

    Glad to see two of our guys participate in the All-Star game last night, and play well. OL-Sean Godfrey, and TE-Chris Baca. They represented Mariner Country very well! Should have used Baca more in passing game, but glad he was able to make some good blocks and show that he can block and run and catch passes. Can’t wait to see both of these guys playing D1 ball next season!

  • lol

    how did Ve’e do?

  • panther4

    East bay fan, did your kid/friend’s kid not get the # of carries that you hoped for? I felt that Drew was the best player on the field on either team. That touchdown that he had called back was amazing. That first run for the TD by the DV kid was impressive too. That was the first time I got to see him play.

  • Falcon Fan

    Drew could have played any position he wante to. hHe ws a beast at RB and End and at SS!!!!!! and any where else he wanted to p[lay!!!!

  • Prep Fan

    I agree that Drew was the best athlete on the field. Known mostly for his rushing, he was an absolute beast on defense against a pretty good lineup of Sac players. with good players around him for once, he really showed what he capable of doing.

    As far as attendance goes, the visitor side was full with about 20 people standing along the fence. The east bay home side was about half full, but it holds probably 4 times as many people as the visitor side. Maybe 1000 to 1500 people? About the same as the amount of people at grant high for last years game.

  • FNL680

    Prep fan nails it as usual. The East Bay crowd was into it. “Let’s go East Bay!” a la A’s baseball. As Jimmy said, Drew made a monster hit on Trosin and Sac returned the favor in the fourth when Farley was crunched with a late hit personal foul. He did get up though. Ve’e was warming up late (he played very well at LB) after that PF but with 60+ plays in the MV style offense, and probably very few reps in the four practice days, EB coaches seemed confident in giving Farley the reins in the second half in order to keep drives going and seal the win. With Heard out that half (training staff said after his ankle tweak would be ok) Farley appeared very determined to finish out his last HS game, despite at least 5-6 sacks, and an early game botched snap (from Max Preps only his second fumble this year, the other vs. DLS, none lost) in which he picked it up and Sac’s MLB crushed him after two yards. His final career pass for the win clinching first down to Cal teammate Washington was not a jump ball grab but a strike on the outside shoulder in tight 1 on 1 coverage just inside the sideline. Those two connecting were nails all season. Looks like Washington now holds Cal’s most receiving TDs in a season, while Farley gets most YPG passing, highest QB rating in Cal history and only second to Reil in TDs thrown. East Bay represented though with just lights out defense. Trosin came in with 5000 yards passing (!) but held to 5-12-78? Wow.

  • dave55

    No one has mentioned the two picks that were dropped
    at mid field by Sac, the first of which would have resulted in six points. No doubt Sac beats East Bay
    9 out of 10 times. A great effort by east bay none the less. I think Sac still has won 5 out of 6.

  • Dave55,
    Actually, the East Bay and Sac are an even 1-1-1 split. This game is in its sixth year, but the first three years it was Sac vs. the Modesto area. Those were so lopsided, they combined the whole Sac area to play the East Bay. They tied 13-13 the first year, Sac won last year (I think 28-10 was the score) and the East Bay won this year. So it’s been very even between the two areas.

  • Prep Fan

    Probably no one mentioned it because there weren’t 2 picks dropped at midfield by Sac. That makes it sound like there were 2 sure pick sixes that fell right out of the defenders’ hands. There may have been 2 tipped balls (and probably some for EB as well), but nothing where everyone was breathing a sigh of reief that it wasn’t picked. You gotta love that revisionist thinking, from the near game winning pick sixes to Sac winning 5 out of 6 when only 3 have been played. Who could forget Langford’s 57 yard FG (we could have used him this year) to tie the game 2 years ago? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJv6vmvIDzs

    So 2 games have been played in Sac and 1 in the East Bay and the series is all tied up at 1-1-1. Sounds like the East Bay is holding its own in this series.

  • Not A Grinch

    Indeed, there almost was a pick 6. The EB Right CB jumped an out, got two hands on it right in front of Alberghini, but the Sac WR got his hand in there at the last possible moment. The Sac fans, right there, if you know the MV field layout, did audibly gasp.
    A middle field bullet thrown was hardly a drop as alluded to, and I’m guessing the fingertips of the Sac LB went numb for a few plays.