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Merced High football dominates Golden Valley

Merced quarterback Allen Huddleston (5) leaps out of a tackle by Golden Valley's Ralf Vasquez.Merced controlled this game from the start, and pulled within one of Golden Valley in the all-time series.
Merced quarterback Allen Huddleston (5) leaps out of a tackle by Golden Valley's Ralf Vasquez.Merced controlled this game from the start, and pulled within one of Golden Valley in the all-time series. SUN-STAR PHOTOS BY KEITH DENNIS

Matt Martin might still be seeing orange today.

The Golden Valley quarterback will definitely be moving around a little slower after being battered and bruised by a constant swarm of Merced defenders.

Martin was sacked seven times as Merced -- wearing all orange for the first time this season -- cruised to a 41-16 win Friday night at Stadium '76, retaining the Mayor's Cup for the third straight year in the process.

"We wanted this one for our seniors," said Merced defensive tackle Marques Barron. "This was their last home game.

"We wanted to send them out with a Mayor's Cup win."

The win put Merced (3-0 Central California Conference, 6-1 overall) all alone atop the conference standings.

Barron and his teammates along the defensive line -- Nathan Mayfield, Joseph Tejada and Jarred Mounce -- caused havoc in GV's backfield all night.

"I was a little disappointed in our O-line play," said GV coach Jon Betschart, whose team is winless in eight games.

"Last week against Los Banos, we were able to protect Matt with some play action.

"You have to give Merced credit. They're athletic up front. We weren't able to protect at all in that first half."

While the defense dominated, Merced's offense again displayed it's big-play ability.

Stephon Mathis put on another show with touchdown bursts of 51 and 43 yards.

The senior was also dragged down on the 1-yard line after a 44-yard run.

He finished with 204 yards on just 11 carries.

Mathis is showing what he can do after playing through an ankle injury last season.

"Last year, I hesitated going through the hole because I was worried about my ankle," he said.

"This year, I'm healthy. I don't have to worry about anything."

It was Mathis' second straight 200-yard game, putting him over 1,200 yards this year.

Mathis feels he has a shot at the school record of 2,115 yards -- set by Garrett Turner two years ago.

"If I keep getting these 200-yard games, I'll get there," Mathis said.

Allen Huddleston tossed touchdown passes to Kenny Cooper and Eddie Beavers.

He also had a highlight run of his own -- where he cut across the entire field through the GV defense -- and actually turned his head to look for defenders as he jogged into the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown run.

"I thought Allen showed amazing explosion on that play to get in the end zone," Merced coach Rob Scheidt said.

"It was like going through the lane for a dunk in basketball."

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