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Mateo Comes up Short: 2019 Little Big Game

The San Mateo defense takes to the line of scrimmage. Image courtesy of Edward Huang

With 8 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, the 92nd annual Little Big Game looked like it could go either way. The matchup between perennial rivals San Mateo and Burlingame was exciting as always, and much more competitive than in previous years. The Bearcats had several standout performances, with senior linebacker Kevin Paleaz racking up 12 total tackles on defense, a strong offensive line presence from junior center Shadi Qobti, and an impressive two-way showing from senior quarterback and linebacker Luke Bergstrom, going 9 for 14 from the pocket and picking up an interception from the defensive end. 

Midway through the 2nd half, the Bearcats had pulled away from the Panthers after a touchdown catch from Senior Wide Receiver Michael Vendel, and things were looking up for the senior-led San Mateo squad. The Bearcats led Burlingame 10-7 for a large portion of the 3rd quarter, until yet again, the Panthers formidable rushing squad added another 6 to the board for the panthers. 

At the beginning of the 4th quarter, the Panthers came in with a sufficient 12 point lead after a 2-point conversion with 1 minute to go in the 3rd. At the end of the 4th quarter the ball had already changed possession twice, and the Bearcats failed to convert a 4th down, ceding possession to Burlingame. While Mateo was able to yield the Panthers scoreless in the 4th, it was not enough to recover from the aforementioned 12 point deficit, leaving the final score 22-10, Burlingame. 

Speaking about the standout moments of the game, veteran Coach Jeff Scheller said “The game is always better at San Mateo… The crowd, the atmosphere,” and noted that “When we made mistakes, [Burlingame] took advantage of them.” This year’s edition of the annual battle was won on offense and lost with penalties. Burlingame had more than double the rushing yards of San Mateo, and San Mateo lost a total of 90 yards on various penalties, an element of the game that proved frustrating once the Bearcats reached the red zone, Coach Scheller adding that the Bearcats had “Too many [penalties] at the wrong time.”

Albeit this year’s annual faceoff ended in heartbreak, the Bearcats fought hard until the very end, making us proud like they do every year. The spirit squads performed wonderfully, inspiring a fiery chant of “We won halftime” from the San Mateo stands. Although the PAW will stay in Burlingame’s possession for the 10th year in a row, the Bearcats will come back fighting after a game that was closer than the score, hoping to redeem themselves in CCS playoffs, which begin Friday, November 15 at King’s Academy. 

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