Cal Clobberings Continue

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If this weekend's Cal Invitational was any indication of the way the Bears will perform when postseason play rolls around, the other 15 teams playing in the national championship tournament may want to rethink taking the trip.

Cal (9-2) outscored its two opponents, 157-21, over the weekend. The Bears first dominated Oregon Saturday, 85-13, and then took care of Dartmouth Sunday, 72-8. Both are reputable teams, but neither had the strength or the speed to keep up with Cal.

The Bears did battle with a strong Dartmouth team in the championship game of the tourney. The Big Green defeated Arizona on Saturday to move into the game, but its momentum wasn't enough to carry it past Cal.

"I was quite impressed with Dartmouth," said Cal coach Jack Clark following Dartmouth's 85-13 victory over the Wildcats. "I thought that they really took (Arizona) apart today, especially considering the fact that they've been in the snow and they haven't been outside much."

The Bears didn't wait long to welcome their East Coast opponent to Berkeley. Just five minutes into the game, Cal fullback Andy Tamayo recorded a try for the Bears and made the conversion, giving Cal a 7-0 lead. After 20 minutes had passed, the Bears held a 26-5 advantage.

"It's always good to get a quick start on a team," senior Matt Kane said. "Dartmouth can bring it, but you can really demoralize a team when you get out quick on them. You can get them kind of shaking their heads and saying 'We came a long way to get trounced.'"

Cal was helped by the return from injury of back lock Matt Kane and fullback John Bucholz. Although they didn't play many minutes, the fact that the players were able to do battle at all was promising for the rest of the team's season.

"It was good to get back out there," Kane said. "I have a long way to go to get back where I was. I still don't have all cylinders running in my lungs."

Saturday was more of the same for Cal, which built up a 42-13 lead by the intermission. Twice in the first half, the Bears scored on runs from midfield, exploding past the Ducks and into the goal.

But the longest try of the day was recorded by Oregon. The Ducks' lone bright spot came just before the half, and started with an Oregon player intercepting a Cal pass near the Bears' goal and running it all the way down the field and across the try line.

"It's good to see," said Kane, who added that it was the longest try he had ever seen scored against Cal. "Hard scores are nice because you always like to have a little competition."

Over the weekend, Clark used most of his 30-man roster, which is the way that Cal will be forced to play during Sweet-16 competition.

"A lot of young guys contributed," Clark said. "We had heard a lot about the Oregon backs and we put out virtually an entire second-team line against them and were able to have our moments."

Among Cal's impressive youths were freshmen Mike MacDonald and Cameron Bunce. Sunday, MacDonald scored three tries with relentless effort near the try line and Saturday, Bunce recorded five tries for Cal.

"Bunce had a good game," Clark said. "Cameron's a big, fast guy. When he gets the ball in open space he just puts his ears back and finishes. It's interesting, I think we have guys with just as much speed but they don't want to finish tries like Cameron does. When he gets a crack he's going for the line."


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