Miramonte High senior quarterback Ross Anderson didn't hide his excitement after his football team's 33-28 victory over Las Lomas on Friday night.
Anderson and the Matadors are now a perfect 7-0 this season, but they were well aware that beating the Knights, who also came into the game unbeaten, was their biggest win to date.
"This is huge," Anderson said. "We came in as underdogs for the first time this year. We came out and played as hard as we possibly could. They were keying on me a lot of the night, and I thought our running backs and receivers did a great job."
The host Matadors used a quick-strike offense and weathered a late Las Lomas surge to stay atop the Diablo Foothill Athletic League standings at 3-0.
Anderson threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns, but his 80-yard scoring run with 6:49 remaining was possibly his biggest play. It came just after Las Lomas had closed the deficit to 26-21.
Las Lomas (5-1, 1-1 DFAL) gave one final push, driving 88 yards in under two minutes capped by a 34-yard touchdown catch by David Brys to get within five points with 1:02 left.
But Miramonte recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
The Knights were playing without starting quarterback Jackson Miller, who was injured at practice this week. They got a strong outing from backup Adam Wood, though. After some early miscues, the junior finished the night 18 of 28 passing for 354 yards and three touchdowns.
"We'll get better from this, there's a lot of season left," Las Lomas coach Doug Longero said. "We played great defense all season but had some breakdowns at times tonight."
Jake Villa rushed for 128 yards and a score for the Knights.
Jack Pietrykowski caught four passes for 101 yards, including a 74-yard score for the Matadors.