OVERTIME WIN – Castro Valley VS Monte Vista – GetSportsFocus 2013 Football
GetSportsFocus.com – The Castro Valley Trojans came into Monte Vista High School determined to pull off a shocker. They did that Friday night, winning 57-56 in overtime.
This game started with a powerful Monte Vista running game led by running backs Matt Rood and Zach Cribb. Rood rushed for two touchdowns to give the Mustangs at 14-0 lead in the first quarter. He would carry the ball 15 times for 118 yards and five touchdowns in the game.
Castro Valley could not get their offense started until junior running back Namane Modise electrified on a 27-yard run that led to his 7-yard touchdown. After forcing the Mustangs to a three and out in the second quarter, the Trojans had a chance to tie it up at 14. Modise was fantastic all night on the sweep and zoomed down the right sideline for 62 yards, tying the game.
Zach Cribb had 123 yards on 14 carries for two touchdowns all night and set up the Mustangs with a 47-yard run, his longest of the game. Rood would finish it off for 19 yards, scoring for a third time and Monte Vista was in the lead again 21-14. The Trojans would answer right back as Damon Mitchell scored on a 6-yard run, tying it at 21 all.
Monte Vista quarterback Nikita Zamora would drive the Mustangs down the field before halftime but the possession stalled in the redzone on 4th and three when Matt Rood was stuffed for no gain. Capitalizing on the opportunity, Namane Modise ripped off another ridiculous run down the sideline for 80 yards, making it 28-21 at the half.
Trojans running back Demaryeh Lane went off in the second half, carrying the ball 26 times for 163 yards and a touchdown. Damon Mitchell would score again for Castro Valley while Rood and Cribb each rushed for a TD in the third quarter. It was 42-35 when Lane’s biggest play of the game was picking off Zamora on a seam route that the Mustangs quarterback loves to throw. In the fourth quarter, Lane snatched the ball in the middle of the field and took it to the house. Castro Valley stunned the crowd and had a 49-35 lead.
Zamora bounced back on the very next drive by hitting receiver Marco Zamora on a quick slant who took it 68 yards into the redzone. After Rood’s fifth score, the Mustangs were down 49-42. Both defenses would step up and with three minutes left in the game, Zamora and his unit would have a chance to tie it up. On 3rd and 10 on the Trojans 31, Zamora threw a perfect skinny post to Marco Zamora for a 19-yard first down. The Mustangs would line up right on the ball with about a minute left and run a draw play to Zach Cribb who scored from 12 yards. 49-49 and this game would head into overtime.
Overtime rules state that each team start at the opponent’s 10-yard line. Monte Vista would get the first shot and on 3rd and 5 Nikita Zamora would roll right and find Ben Wesley right at the goaline for a touchdown. Zamora finished the night 15-of-29 for 240 yards, one TD, and 2 interceptions. The Mustangs could win it with a 56-49 score if they could just stop the Trojans.
Castro Valley’s spark all night was Namane Modise and on the first play of the Trojans possession, Modise scored on the same sweep to the right. Down 56-55, the Trojans coaching staff decided to go for two to win it all. Quarterback Kevin Galvan threw only four passes the whole game and nobody remembered him completing any. On the two-point conversion, Galvan ran the same type of play Zamora had just executed, rolling right and hitting Nicholas Alfaro in the endzone. The Monte Vista crowd silent, Castro Valley fans roaring, and the Trojans in pandemonium on the Mustang field. This was a classic high school football finish.