It’s officially fall ball for Mother Lode League footballers. Blankets in the stands, extra adrenaline on the field.
Summerville and Amador came into Friday’s game with a 1-2 league record.
Amador got the win. Summerville will live with a one-MLL win season heading into next week.
Action began with the Bears on defense and a quick first down for the Buffaloes.
Amador took the aggressive route on a fourth and one, but Summerville gifted the first down with a penalty call.
On the next set of downs Amador gouged their way up the field for a big gain. The Bears’ Noah Cashman nearly picked off a pass into the endzone with less than eight to go in the first.
Summerville managed to keep the score 0-0 after a failed field goal attempt by the Buffaloes.
Enter sophomore Jaden Brocchini who was tested early on a third and long. He converted on the six-yard run to keep the possession alive with less than four to go i the first quarter.
But the momentum was short-lived after Brocchini threw an interception and the Buffaloes got back to work on offense. They pounded their way down to the 15 yard, but an offensive pass interference call served up a third and long. The Buffaloes tried a trick play, but Summerville’s Nicholas Veach intercepted the ball and the Bears were back in the hunt.
Bad snap. Fumble. Ball loose. A mad scramble. Summerville ball. Minus 15 yards.
End of a wild first quarter, no score.
The second quarter? Another back and forth of possessions with neither team able to capitalize on first and second yard gains. A first half with no score.
The Bears received the ball to get things underway in the second half.
What looked like a three and out for the Bears turned into a personal foul on the Buffaloes.
The Bears pounced on the mis-step as Veach took the ball into the endzone for the first score of the game.
A sigh of relief for Summerville and a 7-0 lead minutes into the second half.
The Buffaloes games roaring back, picking up multiple first downs on their next possession.
Amador took the plunge on a fourth down and earned another series. First, second, third down. A goal line hold by the Bears.
And then a fumble and the Bears hand the ball right back to the Buffaloes on the seven yard line.
Buffaloes score. Score tied, 7-7 in the third.
The Bears struggled to get the ball back into Amador territory on their next possession. Faced with a fourth a five they were forced to punt, giving the Buffaloes decent field position near their 30 yard line as the fourth quarter began.
With 9:20 to go, the Buffaloes fumbled the ball, recovered and incurred a holding penalty.
On a big third and one in Bears territory Amador’s ball carrier found the endzone for a touchdown. The PAT was good and the Bears were down 14-7.
On the next possession, Amador handed the Bears excellent field position near the 50 after a defensive pass interference call.
With less than six minutes to go the Bears went for it on a fourth and two.
No dice. Buffaloes ball with the power of the clock in their hands.
Amador would chew up the clock, adding another touchdown to their season.
Next week Summerville is on the road at cross-town rival Sonora. The game starts at 7 p.m.