Mountaineers victorious in debut
Clarkston Everest Collegiate pounds Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 31-0 on Saturday, August 31, 2013 to win inaugural high school football game
It was a picture-perfect debut for the Mountaineers.
Clarkston Everest Collegiate pounded Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 31-0 on Saturday, Aug. 31, to earn its first-ever high school football victory.
The game was played at Everest in front of hundreds of enthusiastic students, parents, faculty, and alumni. Portable light towers were donated to allow the game to be started at 7 p.m.
Several Mountaineers played on the Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes varsity or junior varsity the past three years as part of an athletic co-op program between the two schools.
Junior quarterback Sal Mastermatteo, a Lakes’ starter as a freshman and sophomore, led the Mountaineers’ offense for the first time.
After a scoreless first quarter, Everest stopped an Oakland Christian drive early in the second quarter at the five-yard line as junior Ben Bellestri knocked down a pass on fourth and goal to end the scoring chance.
Mastermatteo then led Everest on a methodic 10-play, 95-yard drive for the first touchdown in school history. The drive culminated with an 18-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Andrew Hayosh with 2:55 left in the half. Junior Elliot Fenske nailed the extra point to give Everest a 7-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, Everest senior Chris Bradley tackled the Oakland Christian quarterback at the one-yard line to force the Lancers to punt from the end zone. The snap went over the punter’s head for a safety and extend the Mountaineers’ lead to 9-0 with two minutes left in the quarter.
Mastermatteo wasn’t done yet in the first half, leading the Mountaineers on a 52-yard drive that concluded with a one-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown with 14.4 seconds left. Mastermatteo connected with junior Elliot Fenske for the two-point conversion to make the halftime score 17-0.
Bellestri’s one-yard run and Fenske’s extra point in the third quarter made the lead 24-0. Bellestri finished with 120 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Sophomore Isaiah Hellner’s five-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter finished the scoring. Fenske’s third extra point of the night made the final 31-0. The touchdown was set up when Bellestri recovered a fumble on Oakland Christian’s five-yard-line.
Hellner had 21 yards on the ground for Everest. Junior Lucas Neme had 65 yards rushing and Junior Elliot Fenske added 51 yards as Everest pounded out 270 yards rushing in the game.
Mastromatteo finished the game 3-for-4 passing for 53 yards and one touchdown. He rushed for eight yards and one touchdown. Senior Noah Beauchamp had two receptions for 35 yards.
Everest is coached by Michael Pruchnicki. Assistant coaches are Joseph Pruchnicki and Nic Rainwater.
“I am very pleased with our team play,” Mike Pruchnicki told the Oakland Press after the game. “Having a couple of veterans out there helped, but I thought our offensive line stepped up and played a great game. We didn’t have very much experience there at all. That surprised me.
“I thought guys like Sal Mastermatteo did a great job. Ben Bellestri had a great game and we had several other guys step up. I thought we did a good job especially because Oakland Christian has some nice athletes. The score was not indicative of how the game was played. It was much closer.”
The Mountaineers’ inaugural roster includes: Senior Noah Beauchamp, junior Lucas Neme, junior John MacLean, sophomore Andrew Hayosh, sophomore Daniel DeWitt, junior Sal Mastromatteo, senior Ben Idzik, sophomore Xavier Engle, junior Adam Legg, freshman Alex Legg, senior Joseph Terbrack, senior Steven Scott, junior Ben Bellestri, junior Elliot Fenske, sophomore Isaiah Hellner, senior Chris Bradley, senior Ryan Bradley, senior Jeremy Schupbach, and senior Aaron Murawa.
Everest looks to keep its winning streak alive against Catholic High School League Intersectional foe Riverview Gabriel Richard on Sept. 6, at Riverview. Gabriel Richard beat Flat Rock 49-12 on Thursday.