Sports: M-A Routs Silver Creek in Offensive Highlight Reel
The Bears came out in the sweltering afternoon heat Saturday to dominate the visiting Silver Creek Raiders. M-A had a dazzling offensive performance, ultimately winning the game 52-13, and giving them a huge momentum boost going into a bye week.
However, despite what the final score might suggest, the Bears struggled in the early going. After receiving the opening kickoff, a penalty and a sack pinned M-A on their own ten yard line, and forced them to punt on their first possession of the game. Coming of the big three and out defensive stand, the Raiders came back with a quick score. They continued to hold the early momentum, recovering a surprise onside kick on the ensuing kickoff.
The Bears’ defense found themselves in a tough situation and Silver Creek marched the ball inside the five yard line. But a strong goal line stand gave M-A the ball back with six minutes left in the quarter. This subtle momentum shift was all the Bears needed to get the ball rolling offensively. Senior Brian Jaggers electrified the lulled crowd with a strong 30 yard run to bring the ball to midfield. On the next play, fellow senior Isiah Nash matched the run with an even more exciting 53 yard touchdown run. The Bears would continue to go for the two point conversion, a trend that lasted the whole game, as their kicker has struggled earlier in the season. After a successful conversion, M-A took its first lead of the game, 8-7.
From here, the Bears never looked back, dominating both offensively and defensively. Finding great success in the running game, M-A continued to pound the ground all game long. Their second touchdown would come just a minute into the second quarter, when senior quarterback Brian Keare scampered 12 yards for the score. On the next Bear possession, Keare punished the Raiders defense through the air, connecting with senior Ryan Roberts for the 82 yard touchdown.
In complete control of the game, M-A continued to put on a clinic until half time. A defensive fumble recovery put the ball back in the hands of the offense, where Nash put up his second touchdown of the game. Once again, the Bears' defense shut down Silver Creek, when, on the next Raider possession, senior Quinn Sweetnam came up with a rare sack in the endzone for a safety, pushing the score to 32-7. Minutes later, M-A finished off the half when Keare connected with tight end Grant Henniger for a score in the last seconds. The Bears trotted confidently into the locker room for halftime with the 38-7 lead.
Coming out in the second half, the Bears began to cycle in their second string players on both sides of the ball. Sophomore Robby Beardsley came into the game as quarterback, but struggled to gain traction. On his first possession, he threw a pick-six to give the Raiders their second and final touchdown of the game. The Bears rounded out the third quarter with a punt return touchdown by Spiro Papadakis. Finally, the game ended on a rushing touchdown by junior Tyrique Johnson to further extend the M-A lead to 52-13.
Though the win was relatively certain going into a game, such an outstanding offensive showing is always beneficial. Especially with a bye week next week, it will give the Bears a good amount confidence as they move forward in the season.
“I think this game shows much more about our team than it does about individual players,” said Brian Jaggers. “We came out a little slow, but as a team, we bounced back and took control.”
“Our team has a lot of momentum with a big win like this, and it will definitely continue throughout the rest of the season,” added junior Alex Garcia.
In two weeks, following their bye week, the Bears will come out against South San Francisco.