Redskins take opener from Amador, 27-20
A crisp night at Frank Meyer Field saw fans opposing each other’s chants; it felt like the first game of the playoffs instead of the league opener. The players fed off the atmosphere and played a close and physical encounter.
Led by senior wide receiver Christian Moore, who caught four passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, and Mike Seawell’s game-winning 25-yard touchdown reception on fourth and six, Calaveras (5-1 1-0 MLL) squeaked out a thrilling 27-20 win over Amador (5-1 0-1 MLL) to hand the Buffaloes their first loss of the season.
“It was a big win for us,” Moore said. “This is a great start for the league.”
In the first half, both teams came out with all guns blazing. After a critical fourth down stop deep inside their territory, Calaveras scored on the next play with an 85-yard touchdown reception by Moore to put Calaveras up 19-14.
The Redskins’ lead was short lived as Amador responded in only two plays as quarterback Jacob Griffin scampered 20 yards to put Amador up 20-19 heading into halftime.
The game was primed for a high-scoring second half, but both teams bogged down on offense. The lone touchdown scored in the second half was the game decider.
On fourth and six from the Amador 25, quarterback, Zach Johnson 10-27 for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns, found Seawell down the sideline for a 25-yard touchdown reception that put Calaveras up permanently.
Amador kept threatening the Calaveras end zone, but each time Calaveras came up with the big play on defense.
Calaveras recovered two fumbles by Griffin in the second half and Seawell came up big picking Griffin off in the end zone with only five minutes left.
“The receiver ran a go route and the quarterback kept looking at him. I needed to make a play,” Seawell said.
Still the Redskins couldn’t put the game on ice.
After going three and out, Amador drove down to the Calaveras 11. On fourth down and with 1:17 left to play, Griffin found a wide-open Keith Thomas but he dropped the potential game-tying reception.
Amador gave Calaveras all they could handle and outgained them 359-342 on the night.
“They are a pretty good team. They were undefeated and we knew they weren’t pushovers.” Seawell said.
Troublesome for Calaveras was the amount of pressure Amador got on Johnson and their three turnovers on the night.
“They had a good nose guard who gave us trouble all night,” Coach Jason Weatherby said. “We had holes, but we were manhandled. We were injured up front, but the new guys stepped in and fought hard.”
Weatherby added, “Our guys have a lot of heart and they stepped up in the second half.”
Next week, Calaveras travels to Linden (2-4 0-1 MLL) who are coming off a 41-3 loss to Argonaut. Weatherby is weary of the threat the Lions pose and hopes his line can get healthy.
“They have a big line both on offense and defense plus they have a very good running back. They could give us problems.”
In JV action, Amador beat Calaveras 18-0.