Varsity Boys Football

Gunn 14, San Mateo 6

Date of competition: Friday, August 31, 2012

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Gunn moved the ball effectively on the game’s opening drive. After going 11 plays and chopping six-plus minutes off the clock, San Mateo stepped up and stalled the drive at the 5-yard line. Five plays later, the Bearcats struck for their lone touchdown of the game. A missed extra point made it 6-0.

A 64-yard gain from Andre Guzman to Kevin Sharp set the Titans up at the San Mateo 13-yard line. Four plays later, Gunn went to Sharp on the fade route, with Sharp out-leaping the San Mateo corner for the touchdown. Ben Sampson's kick was good and the score was 7-6.

The teams combined for 377 yards of offense in the first half — 210 of those belonged to Gunn.

San Mateo came out determined to begin the second half. The Bearcats were cruising down the field before a fumble turned the tide. Gunn made the turnover really sting, taking 10 plays to cover 76 yards for another score. Sean Lydster gets credit for that touchdown, taking the ball off the right side and bruising his way from 33 yards out to make it 14-6 with 4:22 left in the third quarter.

San Mateo did its best to respond. The Bearcats got as far as the Gunn 39-yard line on the next drive before a sack forced them to punt. The Titans ate up a bunch of clock on the ensuing drive, but left about six minutes for the Bearcats to work with.

San Mateo dinked and dunked its way to the Gunn 15-yard line with just over three minutes left to play. But an errant pass on third down was intercepted by the Titan Nabil Hamadi with 3:27 left in the game.

Gunn forced San Mateo to burn their lone time-out early and iced the game with a pair of first downs.

posted by Kathy Sharp, parent on Sep 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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