The Orinda Miramonte regular season ended on a down note when it lost 21-20 at rival Campolindo on Nov. 9.
But the Matadors (10-3) have been
smoking since then, winning three consecutive playoff games to make Saturday's
Coast Section 2A title game against
Included in that three-game winning streak was a payback 42-7 victory at Campolindo two weeks ago.
"We've just put it together and have been playing some sound football," Matadors coach John Wade said. "We're playing arguably our best football of the season."
Wade said after the
That set up the second game against Campo.
"Our kids had great focus in practice that week," Wade said. "Campolindo is only about 2 ½ miles away from our campus. All the kids from both schools grow up together. They've all known each other since they were 5 or 6 years old."
The victory against Campo put
Miramonte into the
Free safety Brad Peck, with 11 interceptions, leads the Matador defense.
But it will be Miramonte's offense
that is under pressure Saturday against stingy
"It's not something that we're
hyping up," Wade said of
Jeff Weller, moved from fullback to tailback, has rushed for about 300 total yards in the Matadors' last two games.
Another Miramonte standout is quarterback Trevor Boswell, who has thrown or 1,900 yards and 16 touchdowns, with 10 interceptions.
The Hornets offense is paced by
quarterback Travis Senhaux, running back Shaun Campas and wideouts Chris Peters
Miramonte is a bit of an underdog tonight, but it has a history of success in championship games.
The Matadors have won 10 NCS titles since 1975 and have played in seven NCS titles games in the past 10 years, winning six of them.