The Calaveras High School varsity football team started Mother Lode League play Friday night with a 42-0 shut out of the visiting Summerville Bears from Tuolumne.
Calaveras put on a strong performance for the packed stands at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas, who were also celebrating the school's homecoming.
Summerville was heading into the game fresh off a bye week, while Calaveras was looking to build off a 34-8 stomping of Stellar Preparatory High School from Tracy.
The opening minutes of the game couldn’t have gone much worse for the Bears, or better for Calaveras.
Calaveras won the coin toss but deferred to the Bears, who elected to receive the opening kickoff.
Summerville started their first drive in good field position on the Calaveras 32 after a big return by Eliceo Avila.
However, a short pass to Avila on the left sideline resulted in a fumble that was scooped up by Calaveras’ Nolan Dart, who ran more than 60 yards into the end zone for the touchdown.
The point after kick by Calaveras’ Andrew Celli was good to give the home team a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
An attempt at a handoff during the kickoff return by the Bears resulted in another fumble that was recovered by Calaveras’ Ronnie Garcia on Summerville’s 14.
With a short field to go, it wasn’t long before Calaveras was in the end zone again on a 8-yard run by Jake Hopper.
Celli’s point after kick was good to bring Calaveras’ lead to 14-0 with 9:34 remaining in the first quarter.
The Bears started their next drive on their own 20 after the kickoff by Calaveras resulted in a touchback.
Disaster struck on the opening play, a 5-yard run by Summerville’s Nick Veach, who went down with an injury that required him to be carted off on a stretcher.
Veach, a senior and team captain, screamed words of encouragement to his teammates as he was being wheeled off the field.
The drive ended with the Bears punting on fourth down.
Calaveras next scoring drive came after a pair of three-and-outs by both teams.
A short punt that bounced out of bounds gave Calaveras good field position around Summerville’s 35.
Calaveras kept the ball on the ground to push their way down field and, ultimately, into the end zone again on a short run by Clayton Moore.
The home team extended its lead to 21-0 following a successful point after kick by Celli, with 2:19 still to go in the first quarter.
Summerville showed some spark on offense in the second quarter, with Bear quarterback Jaden Brocchini completing a pass to receiver Titus Shirley on fourth down to bring the ball past midfield.
Calaveras kept the Bears from getting much farther and soon got the ball back on a Summerville punt.
The punt bounced out of bounds around Calaveras’ 12, but a penalty pushed them back to their own 6.
Calaveras kept running the ball to pick up a couple of first downs and get to about their own 30.
On a rare passing play, Calaveras quarterback Nolan Dart connected with receiver Jake Black who was wide open with nothing but end zone in front of him for a 70-yard touchdown.
Celli got the point after to make the score 28-0 for Calaveras with 6:57 remaining in the half.
Calaveras wasn’t done scoring in the first half, however, after preventing the Bears from getting more than a few yards past midfield and forcing them to punt on fourth down.
Moore got the handoff on the first play of the drive from the Calaveras 9 and picked up 45 yards before stepping out of bounds at the Summerville 46.
The relentless ground attack by Calaveras continued until they were back in the end zone on a short run up the middle by Moore.
Calaveras took the 35-0 lead with a minute remaining in the half following the point after kick by Celli.
Summerville kicked off to start the third quarter following the halftime festivities, which included the traditional crowning of the homecoming king and queen.
Calaveras appeared to be picking up right from where they left off, marching down the field to the Summerville 10 before turning the ball over on a fumble.
The Bears were unable to capitalize on the turnover and ended up punting to Calaveras, who took over around midfield.
After multiple touchdowns were called back due to penalties, Calaveras' Phoenix Nguyen finally ran the ball in for an additional 6 points.
Celli's point after kick was good to give Calaveras the 42-0 lead with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.
Calaveras improved its record to 4-2 with the win, while Summerville fell to 2-4.
Summerville will host Argonaut High School next week at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne, while Calaveras travels to Sutter Creek to play Amador High School.
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