Plenty of football highlights from the MCAL opening roster

After four weeks of non-league games, the MCAL soccer season officially kicked off last week with Tam, Redwood and San Marin all earning wins.

Running backs across the county had a pretty good week, with running backs from San Marin and Redwood topping 100 yards from scrimmage. Although Tam’s Jake Son lines up all over the field, one of his three big plays against San Rafael came while he was lined up in the offensive backfield.

Although there were no surprises in terms of the final results (every favored team had wins), there was a surprise in how long San Rafael stayed in the game against Tam. The Bulldogs were at it until the last minute. WR/returner O’Marion Beard scored both touchdowns, including a dramatic fourth-quarter punt return that thrilled the home crowd at Miller Field.

Elsewhere, we saw the top two women’s tennis teams battle it out for the first time since meeting for the MCAL title last year. Also two of the three giants of women’s volleyball faced each other in a battle for eternity.

Jake Son, Tam football

The Red-tailed Hawks’ Swiss army knife stood out all over the field as Tam held on to win 14-12 against San Rafael on Friday night. On defense, he forced a couple of critical turnovers: he intercepted the Bulldogs just before halftime and then forced a fumble in the final minute of the game. Son also had a key 20-yard run on offense when Tam was eager to run out the Bulldogs’ clock. He also caught four passes for 56 yards, prompting his coach to compare him to a San Francisco 49ers star. “It’s basically Deebo Samuel,” said Tam’s trainer, Matthew LemMon. “He plays running back, he plays receiver, he runs back, all that kind of stuff, he puts it on a screen, he returns kicks, everything. He is pretty crazy.

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Jordan Marotto, women’s tennis Redwood

The Giants had been waiting a long time to get another shot at Branson after the Bulls beat them for the MCAL title last season. Redwood had won both regular-season meetings, but the Bulls cruised to a 4-3 win in the one that mattered most. The Giants established themselves as the team to beat this season with a 6-1 victory against Branson on Tuesday. Marotto got the match of the day in the No. 1 singles: a 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 against Anna Rende.

Barba O’Marion, San Rafael football

The Bulldogs’ emerging receiver nearly made the list a couple of weeks ago after a three-catch, 147-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 31-28 loss to Piner. Beard had another big game in the loss to Tam, giving the Bulldogs a much-needed lifeline with a punt return touchdown with 9 minutes remaining. Beard then caught a 29-yard touchdown run from Charlie Grant with about 3 minutes remaining to bring San Rafael within two points once again. Beard finished with six receptions for 95 yards. “He’s a really explosive athlete, a hard worker and one of the leaders on our team,” San Rafael coach Casey Sully said. “Watching him solidify as a No. 1 receiver … and being that explosive threat on the field has been great.”

Molly Harrison, Catholic volleyball from Marin

Facing a Branson team that many expect to win MCAL this season and against an opposing setter many consider to be the best in the county, Harrison racked up 43 assists as the Wildcats outscored the Bulls 25-23, 22-25, 25-12. , 19-25, 16-14 battle. “That was officially the longest volleyball game I’ve ever played,” Harrison said after the game. Harrison set up a variety of batters to help MC stay top of the league with the win, as five different Wildcats had six or more kills. Emily Greene (15 kills, 14 digs), Izzy Adam (10 kills), and Brooke Brilliant (nine kills) were his favorite targets.

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Charlie Singleton, Saint Marin football

Singleton only carried the ball eight times, touching it only nine times, but he had 127 rushing yards and three touchdowns to help the Mustangs accelerate away from Archie Williams en route to a 50-7 victory. The game remained scoreless for most of the first quarter, but Singleton opened it up, scoring San Marin’s first two touchdowns on runs of 13 and 26 yards, respectively.

Sam Janowsky, Redwood Football Team

Janowsky racked up more than 200 scrimmage yards as Redwood opened league play with a 55-0 victory against Novato on Saturday. Janowsky carried the ball 15 times for 182 yards and scored the Giants’ last touchdown of the day. He also caught a pass for 23 yards.

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