VISALIA — The McClymonds Warriors are developing quite a niche as a small-school powerhouse among the state’s elite football programs.
The Warriors added to their illustrious athletic history with a second straight CIF State championship Saturday night, and they did so in very convincing fashion.
McClymonds thumped the host Golden West Trailblazers 42-12 in the Division 5-AA final at Visalia Community Stadium.
“The second time is really sweet,” McClymonds coach Michael Peters said. “This team went undefeated, something they have over last year’s team. They really wanted to go undefeated this year. That really motivated them.”
It’s been an impressive two-year run for Peters and the Warriors:
In 2016, McClymonds became the first Oakland Section team to win a CIF State title by capturing the CIF Division 5-A state crown. The Warriors went 13-1, and their average margin of victory was 30.5 points per game.
In 2017, McClymonds was even better. The Warriors posted a perfect record of 14-0, and their average margin of victory was 36.6 points per game.
“It’s a special achievement. It’s something we’ve worked really hard for over the last few years. The work to get here just didn’t start last year,” Peters said. “We want to continue to play at this level, and see how far we can take it.”
It’s not very often that a lopsided 30-point margin belies a team’s overall dominance, but that’s what happened against Golden West.
The Oakland Section champion Warriors overwhelmed the Central Section Division 4 champion Trailblazers in every facet.
Golden West (12-3) notched a first down on the game-opening drive, but didn’t record its second first down until the 7:30 mark of the second quarter.
In between those small offensive feats by the Trailblazers, McCylmonds scored four touchdowns to take a commanding 28-0 lead.
And it was a case of the Warriors being very efficient with its offensive execution.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports