Ugly Eagles’ play even surprises coach
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.