East County Sports

Mountain Man effort by Clark not enough

Mountain Empire teams up to tackle a La Jolla Country Day player. / photo by Heather Cunnington



By Heather Cunnington

Special to EastCountySports


Mountain Empire’s Larry Clark carries on Friday night. / photo by Heather Cunnington

CAMPO – The Mountain Empire RedHawks lost a tough battle to the pass-happy attack of the La Jolla Country Day Torreys on Friday night (Mar. 26) in a 24-7 loss to the visitors all the way from the coast.

The RedHawks hung tough and were down to 12-0 at halftime and came out with a big play to ensure they were going to have a serious opportunity to pull off the upset in the second half.

The offensive highlight for the RedHawks came early in the third quarter when freshman quarterback Corey Vann completed a pass to junior running back Larry Clark, who turned it into a 60-yard completion to the 1-yard line.

Mountain Empire wraps up on LJCD.

Clark had a huge effort for MEHS with 178 yards of total offense, to go along with four sacks on defense, which set a single-game school record.

On the very next play senior running back Aiden Hamada punched it in and the extra point was good to make it 12-7.

The RedHawks’ young offense produced some good drives in the third and fourth quarters but could not sustain them.

Late in the fourth quarter senior free safety Marcus Smith intercepted a pass to keep the Torreys from making the game a blowout.

The RedHawks travel to Crawford next Friday seeking their first victory of the season

Defensive leaders for Mountain Empire
Larry Clark 11 tackles/3 TFL/4 sacks
Chaz Ennis 5 tackles/2 TFL/1 sack
Marcus Smith 11 tackles/2 pass def/ 1 int
Zayne Higeura 5 tackles/1 TFL
Efrain Penuelas 3 Tackles/2 TFL/2 sacks
Rod Gonzales 5 tackles/2 pass def
Offensive leaders for Mountain Empire
Larry Clark 25 attempts for 97 yards/2 receptions for 81 yards
Aiden Hamada 1 yard TD run
Marcus Smith 2 receptions for 23 yards


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