Clayton Valley Charter loses lead over Del Oro-Loomis

CONCORD — Clayton Valley Charter had a monster night throwing the ball on Friday but couldn’t slow down a resilient Del Oro-Loomis side in the fourth quarter.

Leading by nine, the Ugly Eagles allowed two touchdowns in the final 9:09 of regulation time, including one with 3:45 left in what became a 31-27 non-league loss to the Golden Eagles.

On the 1st and 15th, Del Oro quarterback Caden Pinnick rushed to his right to escape the pressure and found receiver Tommy Poe open in the end zone for a score of 33 yards, capping an impressive 93-yard drive.

Clayton Valley got the ball back with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get past the Golden Eagles 35-yard line as they suffered a second straight one-point loss to start the season.

The Ugly Eagles (0-2), ranked sixth in the Bay Area to start the year, lost 21-14 to Salinas at home last Friday.

“It’s a team loss at the end of the day. It’s not just offensive or defensive,” Clayton Valley junior wide receiver Davin Amos said. “So we just have to go back to the lab, watch a movie (Saturday). We will come back stronger and better.

Amos was the No. 1 target of Ugly Eagles quarterback Christian Aguilar, who took the lion’s share of snaps on Friday after primarily sharing those duties with Mason Lovett last week.

Aguilar threw 40 times for 374 yards and three touchdowns against Del Oro. Amos caught two of those scores, including a 37-yard reception at 9:27 of the third quarter as Clayton Valley took a 27-18 lead.

Amos, taking advantage of unique coverage on the outside, finished with 13 catches for 236 yards. Hank Phifer caught a 6-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds left in the first quarter to give Clayton Valley a 6-0 lead and finished with 56 yards on five catches.

Clayton Valley also attempted 45 passes last week, unprecedented numbers for a team that has heavily favored the run in previous seasons.

“The key was matchups and just making plays,” Amos said of his night. “I love the passing game. I mean, I’m a receiver. But I think it’s new for all of us. We just have to get going.

The Ugly Eagles had a chance to take control of the game late in the third quarter as they headed the ball towards Del Oro’s 6-yard line. But on fourth and second, Clayton Valley had a touchdown from Cody DeMartini canceled out by a hold call, which pushed the ball back to Del Oro’s 24.

Clayton Valley couldn’t convert his long fourth down and after taking over, Del Oro (3-0) ran for 76 yards on 13 plays, a drive capped by Thomas Graham II’s 9-yard touchdown with 9: 09 to play. the fourth trimester. The Clayton Valley defense was also called for a personal foul on possession.

To go along with some accurate passes from Pinnick, Del Oro also used a killer running game, which hurt the Ugly Eagles defense.

Senior running back Kainoa Acia, who had 244 yards on 24 carries in Del Oro’s first two games, rushed for two touchdowns in the first half but gained 52 yards on eight carries in the second half.

Del Oro started his go-ahead — with 5:54 left in the fourth quarter — on his own 7-yard line. Graham caught a 26-yard pass on first down to give the Golden Eagles better field position before Acia had three carries for a combined 28 yards.

Pinnick went for 11 yards and after a play call delay on Del Oro, completed the touchdown pass to Poe. Pinnick was 14 of 16 for 260 yards and two touchdowns, both caught by Poe.

Clayton Valley now heads to Las Vegas for a game next Friday against Canyon Springs.

“We just have to fix the mistakes and stop taking penalties,” Amos said.

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