The instant analysis after SC’s first possession of the second half is the eggs are cooling, the jello’s jiggling and the butter is getting hard. The refrigerator door is closed (R.I.P. Chick Hearn/The Greatest Announcer of All-Time).
SC picked up a couple of first downs. MV’s Troy Madden should have had an interception on one play where the ball hit him in the face mask. The MV crowd cheered, but D.C. was quick to point out you don’t cheer when the ball hits your player in the face mask.
But I’m not getting down on Madden because he more than made up for that play when he picked off Duke Lancellotti at midfield and returned it 50 yards for a TD. That gave MV a virtually insurmountable 35-10 lead with 8:45 left in the third.
I know it’s early, but SC has shown no ability to consistently stop MV on offense.
There is becoming less and less to analyze about this game. I might be forced to start writing Halloween leads for every game in the county even though Halloween leads have been banned from tomorrow’s O.C. Register by the Big Boss, a.k.a. Todd “The Man with The Plan” Harmonson.
SC drove to the MV 36-yard line before stalling. It looked like Aaron Jones, who hit a 50-yard FG earlier in the game, was lining up for a 53-yard FG, but then he punted. And it wasn’t a very good punt. MV’s high-powered offense took over at its own 23.
MV goes three-and-out, then SC shows some signs of life. It’s alive. IT’S ALIVE!!!
Duke DeLancellotti connected with Dominick Ela on a 57-yard flea-flicker to the MV 3-yard line. david Espino took it in untouched for a 3-yard TD to cut the deficit to 35-17 with 3:47 left.
Did I put this one in the fridge too early? The answer is … yes. What was I thinking. Ben Gomez justed picked off Allan Bridgford and returned it to the MV 17-yard line. SC’s in business.
But MV’s Marc Millan comes up with a big sack to bring up third-and-8. DeLancelotti hits Graham Tenney over the middle. It looked like Millan was stopped at the 5-yard line, but Millan buliied his way into the end zone. SC has cut it to 35-24 with 1:56 left in the third.
I never doubted San Clemente for one instant of “Instant Analysis.” MV trailed 31-14 at halftime last year against the Tritons and came back to get a tie. Can SC do the same thing this year.
MV wide receiver Joey Branker just got some crazy YAC of a quick little slant from Allan Bridgford that went for a 60-yard gain to the SC 18-yard line.
Three plays after the big pass, Jake Marshall pounds it into the end zone with 44 seconds left in the third. The Diablos have pushed their lead back to 42-24.
The fridge is closed, open and closed again. I better stop with this fridge stuff. Never count a man out until the count reaches 10. Never start celebrating when the Fat Lady hasn’t even started warming up her pipes.
Stay tuned …