The McClymonds High Warriors took their 13-0 record into Visalia, southeast of Fresno, to take on the Golden West High School Trailblazers Saturday night in the California Division 5AA Football Championship, and they achieved perfection.
The Warriors won CIF Championship Trophy 42-12.
“This is the best team to come out of McClymonds,” said Head Coach Michael Peters, who has been leading the team for 26 years.
Having never faced the Trailblazers, the McClymonds players weren’t sure what they would see, but they knew they needed to focus on the run, because that was the heart of the Golden West offense.
And for the first three quarters, the Warriors dominated. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 21-0. At halftime, it was 35-0.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Trailblazers were able to put any points on the board.
“We went harder, we played faster. Once we got their tempo down, we controlled the game,” said McClymonds senior quarterback, Emoreea Fountain, who threw three touchdowns in the win.
The defense from West Oakland dominated almost the whole game.
“Blessed,” is how senior linebacker, Huruma Zulu summed up the way he feels. “I’m excited all the hard work paid off. I can’t even describe it. This is my biggest accomplishment for sure. I’m going to tell my family about this for the rest of my life. Back to back State Champs!”
One year ago, McClymonds won the State Division 5A Championship, becoming the first ever Oakland Athletic League football team to win a state championship.
This year, they stepped up a division to 5AA and put together an even more dominant performance. “It’s everything. I never expected to have this in my last high school game. I feel great… to have a second state championship,” said Fountain.
Coach Peters was beaming after the game. “They deserve every bit of the accolades. This team deserves all they get because they put in the work. 14-0.”
Planning is now underway for a celebration for the team, the school and the entire West Oakland community.