SPRING VALLEY — Mount Miguel's defense, known last year as the Thunder Midgets because it was stocked with little guys who made big plays, has some bigger players this year. And the bigger guys are still making big plays.
Haywood Mathis, a 6-foot 3-inch, 195-pound outside linebacker, and Adam Wilson, a 6-foot, 198-pound inside linebacker, made the biggest plays Friday night as the fourth-ranked Matadors defeated 10th-ranked Madison, 22-0, in a nonleague game at Mount Miguel.
Mathis sacked Madison quarterback Brad Eaddy for a second-quarter safety and Wilson blocked a punt to set up Anthony Rivera's one-yard touchdown run as Mount Miguel took an 8-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Matador defense protected the lead with seven sacks.
Meanwhile, Mount Miguel expanded its lead when Anthony Williams scored on a 36-yard run and Rivera threw a 21-yard scoring pass to Frank Davis.
In all, Mount Miguel's defense had 10 sacks and limited Eaddy, Madison's quarterback, to 121 yards passing on 9 completions in 21 attempts.
Robert Griffith, a 5-9, 153-pound cornerback, provided a link with last year's midget defense by intercepting three passes. Griffith's first interception came in the end zone and stopped a Madison drive that had reached the Mount Miguel 11.
Mount Miguel also shut out Bonita Vista, 14-0, last week in its opener. With its defense playing so well, Mount Miguel's offense needed only to control the ball on the ground and gain some field position. Rivera had 123 yards rushing on 15 carries and Williams totaled 110 yards on 15 rushes.
In other games, all nonleague:
Morse 27, El Camino 6--Halfback Larry Maxey gained 224 yards on 19 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 67, 48 and 9 yards to lead fifth-ranked Morse (2-1) at El Camino. Morse gained 269 yards rushing and quarterback Michael Liera completed 6 of 8 passes for 156 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cortney Holmes. El Camino (0-2) scored on a 6-yard run by quarterback Eric Robinson.
Clairemont 21, Bonita Vista 9--Lamont Jackson threw touchdown passes of 65 yards to Jeff Rutland, 6 yards to Jeff Davis and 32 yards to Ray McDavid at Clairemont. Jackson completed 9 of 18 passes for 209 yards and Cercy Moore rushed 18 times for 73 yards for Clairemont (2-0). Bonita Vista sophomore quarterback Matt Gibbs, who was sacked 4 times, completed 5 of 23 pass attempts for 95 yards. Bonita Vista is 0-2.
Crawford 6, Kearny 0--Keith Williams scored on a 13-yard run midway through the second quarter to lead Crawford (1-1) at Mesa College. The scoring drive was kept alive on a third and 9 from the Kearny 42 when quarterback Keith Gilbert passed to Williams for 30 yards. Gilbert was 15 of 25 passing for 160 yards. Kearny is 0-2.
Granite Hills 10, Grossmont 0--Jon Rice kicked a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter and Brian Giles scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter as Granite Hills (1-1) won at Grossmont (1-1). Giles highlighted the 55-yard touchdown drive with a 16-yard run. The drive was kept alive at one point when Grossmont was penalized for an illegal substitution after forcing Granite Hills to punt. Linebacker Jason Munoz led Granite Hills with 11 tackles.
Mar Vista 27, Mission Bay 15--Quarterback John Amaya threw for four touchdowns, including three to wide receiver Rafael Santiago, to lead host Mar Vista (2-0). Santiago, who rushed for 129 yards on six carries, had touchdown receptions of 32, 25 and 20 yards. Amaya, 10 of 24 for 160 yards passing, also hit John Crocker on a six-yard touchdown pass. Mission Bay is 0-2.
Fallbrook 34, San Marcos 7--San Marcos scored first on a one-yard run by Jesse Berrelleza, but visiting Fallbrook (2-0) took over as quarterback Mike Turiace completed 21 of 40 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns. Darrow Nelson caught scoring passes of 40 and 17 yards and Aaron Tapia scored on a 40-yard reception and a 2-yard run. San Marcos is 0-1-1.
Chula Vista 6, Castle Park 6--That's two ties in two games for Chula Vista. Quarterback Paul Geering hit tight end Steve Trainor on a 15-yard touchdown pass to give Chula Vista a 6-0 first quarter lead. Steve Stride's extra point attempt was missed. Castle Park (0-0-1) tied the game on the final play of the third quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run by tailback David Carpenter. After Carpenter scored, Manuel Aguilar's extra point attempt was blocked.
University of San Diego High School 16, Hoover 14--Free safety John Montali intercepted two Stacy Domaile passes, returning one 47 yards for a touchdown, to lead host USDHS (2-0). Running back Germaine Odom had 12 carries for 179 yards for Hoover (0-2).
Mater Dei 33, Oceanside 7--Running back Robert Clifford gained 164 yards on 14 carries and quarterback Mark Ramstack completed 10 of 25 passes for 126 yards to lead Orange County's ninth-ranked team in a game played at Oceanside. Mater Dei was helped by 80 yards in penalties against Oceanside in the first half. Oceanside dropped to 0-2.