East County Sports

Tigers are star in neighborhood game




By Dave Dickens



SAN DIEGO (8-17-2018) – Trust the process is what can be said of these youthful Matadors of Mount Miguel.

“I’m really proud of the kids, they played with class,” said head coach TROY STARR. “It was a sloppy game for both squads, a lot of mental mistakes. ”

Morse Tigers’ Shamar Martin, Isaiah Thompson, and Julian Stafford had multiple touchdowns.

Morse led 14-0 at intermission as Thompson scored on a short play.

With the same momentum taken into the second half, Morse scored three touchdowns on four possessions.

“We have a lot of fundamentals to work on,” Starr continued.

Martin scored one touchdown as Stafford would add a pair of scores.

Stafford scored in the third quarter with an interception that went for 51 yards. Stafford would add the other on a kickoff return that went for 53 yards to give the Tigers a 33-0 lead in the third.

Quarterback JACOB LAVERDIERE, a sophomore, was 8-21 for 141 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception for Mount Miguel.

Laverdiere hit JAHEIM ALLEN with a 25-yard pass early in the game to move Mount Miguel past midfield.

The quarterback hooked up on a nice pass down the left side in the second half with ERIC GRAHAM, who jumped above his man to haul in a 29-yard reception. Laverdiere found Graham again on a crossing route to take the Matadors into Morse territory.

Yzaguirre was also a target in the fourth quarter, hauling in a 14-yarder from J.D.

Mount Miguel senior LARRY YZAGUIRRE and ULICES MONJE combined on high-low strip tackle that resulted in a fumble recovery by junior QUINCY SNIPES.

“It’s a process and we are in the early stages,” Starr said. “What is most impressive to me, the way J.D. stood in the pocket and made the throws in the heat of the rush, you don’t see that too much anymore. ”

The Matadors (0-1) will host the Chula Vista Spartans (1-0) who defeated La Jolla Country Day 27-14.

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