Ugly Eagles’ play even sur­prises coach

The Mercury News - - Bay Area Preps - By Mike Le­fkow mle­fkow@ba­yare­anews­group.com

When Clay­ton Val­ley Char­ter lost its first two games this sea­son — the first time in a decade it had started 0-2 — it looked like the Ugly Eagles were in a re­build­ing year.

But the Uglies’ re­build­ing process lasted for a cou­ple of weeks. Af­ter opening the sea­son with three out of state op­po­nents and go­ing 1-2, Clay­ton Val­ley vis­ited in-state ri­val An­ti­och on Fri­day night and crushed the Pan­thers 55-22.

An­ti­och en­tered the con­test 3-0 and ranked 12th in the Bay Area News Group’s Top 20 poll, five places ahead of Clay­ton Val­ley. Plus the Pan­thers had the home-field ad­van­tage.

But the Ugly Eagles had a 34-0 half­time lead, and were up 49-0 be­fore An­ti­och scored with 4:20 left in the third quarter.

“I can’t say I ex­pected that. An­ti­och is a good team,” Clay­ton Val­ley coach Tim Mur­phy said. “But we have a tal­ented group. I ex­pected us to get go­ing a lit­tle ear­lier than we did. But it took a lit­tle longer be­cause of all the youth on this team.”

The Uglies opened at Reed in Sparks, Nev., and then fell at home against Hawaii power Mililani. Now they might not be chal­lenged again un­til the play­offs.

Thomas Ala­tini led the way Fri­day for Clay­ton Val­ley with 186 yards rush­ing on 16 car­ries.

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