Humbling trip for Analy: Tigers lose at McClymonds, 55-14

By PHIL BARBER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

OAKLAND — The Analy football team, which breezed to an undefeated Sonoma County League season last year and was rated as the top contender in the Redwood Empire coming into this weekend, is used to playing in one-sided games.

This time, though, it was the Tigers who wound up on the wrong end of a running clock. Entering a hostile environment and facing a McClymonds team that is big, fast and aggressive, Analy was run off the field in a 55-14 loss.

“I feel like we came out and kind of got hit in the mouth early, and didn’t respond well to that,” Tigers coach Daniel Bourdon said. “They were a little bit faster and more physical than what I thought we were gonna see.”

McClymonds quarterback Kevin Davidson — tall and strong, with a cannon for an arm — passed for 437 yards and six touchdowns for the Warriors. His receivers were a step too fast for the Analy defensive backs, and Davidson’s first three scoring passes each covered 45 yards or more. Wide receiver Qadry Wesley had two of those long touchdowns.

The Tigers had outscored their first three opponents 137-42, and may not have been hardened enough for a challenge like this.

McClymonds made it to CIF Northern California title game last year and lost a close one, 17-14 to Central Catholic of Modesto.

The Warriors are probably even better this year with Davidson, who transferred from San Ramon Valley, in the pocket.

Analy also isn’t used to playing in such an urban environment. Behind their bench was a 15-foot fence topped with razor wire. There were stands on just one side of the field, and another fence separated the two rooting sections.

On the field, things spiraled away from the Tigers.

After both teams exchanged a couple punts, McClymonds found its rhythm. Davidson hit Kevin Shaa with a 58-yard touchdown pass. Analy followed with a sustained drive, but settled for a field-goal attempt; even that went awry when holder TJ Acheson took off running and was stopped well short of the first down.

Davidson began the second quarter with a 60-yard strike to Wesley, and the Warriors were on their way to a stunning 26-point quarter. Davidson’s passing was complemented by the running of Lavance Warren, who would finish with 158 yards and two touchdowns. Warren isn’t all that big, but he can push the pile with his leg drives.

While McClymonds was opening up the floodgates, Analy’s offense was stymied. The Tigers thrive on short passes — slant and bubble screens — that quick receivers like Kerr Johnson Jr. turn into big gains. Against McClymonds, though, the Analy receivers just couldn’t find any separation.

“We just had trouble with their speed,” Bourdon said. “They had guys spying on our best receivers, and that made it difficult for us.”

Analy was down 34-0 at halftime, and any hopes of a second-half comeback were dashed when the Warriors drove 90 yards on the opening drive after halftime and finished on a short pass from Davidson to Jerrell Alberty.

Amazingly, the score could have been worse. McClymonds was penalized 22 times for more than 200 yards.

You can reach staff writer Phil Barber at phil.barber@press
democrat.com.