CMS Runs Through La Verne Defense

With an injured Shane Pico CM
’18, the running back who ignited the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ (2-2, 1-1
SCIAC) offense in the previous game against Chapman University, the Stags realized that someone needed to step
up offensively. While the Stags’ whole team played well in a dominant 40-24
win over University of La Verne (1-3, 0-2 SCIAC) on Oct. 11, the main force behind the win was none
other than Nick Gott HM ’17.

Gott
came alive in the Stags’ homecoming game. Standing at 5’11” and 215 pounds, he looks
like an athletic running back. And Gott is as equally respected for his character
as he is for his football skills. 

“Nick is a lot of fun to have on the
team,” head coach Kyle Sweeney said. “It seems like there isn’t much he can’t do on or off the football
field. He is an exceptionally hard worker and has a lot of talent.”

During the game against La Verne, Gott set the tone of play from the very beginning. The sophomore
broke free during the Stags’ first possession and ran for 54 yards. Gott would
go on to rack up 100 yards in the first half alone and finish the game with a
total of 174.

“The offensive line did really well,”
Pico said. “They opened up holes, which allowed Nick to make big plays in open
space. I also think we played really well with the homecoming atmosphere.”

For Gott, the charged atmosphere of such a game and field fueled his own playing.

“It felt awesome to have
such a great game against La Verne,” he said. “This is one of the best
performances I’ve ever had.” 

Throughout his athletic career, Gott
has consistently been an admired teammate and competitor. A local of San Marino,
California, the running back earned awards during his senior year for not only his
running game, but also for his personality and work ethic. He earned the 2012
San Marino High School Most Inspirational Player award.

His
inspiration has clearly carried over to the collegiate level. On the Stags football team, he is a
well-respected teammate. 

“There isn’t a guy on our team
that doesn’t like Nick,” Sweeney said. 

Even
in the midst of both his own success, Gott was not distracted. Rather, he seized the
opportunity to improve and saw the game as a chance to learn.

“I gained more confidence in my awareness of
where the defenders are at all times and making decisions on the fly,” Gott
said. 

In the wake of the team’s win over La Verne, the Stags are looking to carry the energy from their recent success into upcoming matches, and Gott hopes to maintain that intensity going forward. 

“The team takes away momentum into our next game and shows everyone that
we are a contender with anyone in our conference,” Gott said. 

The
Stags look ahead to their game on Saturday, Oct. 18, against University of Redlands (2-2, 2-0
SCIAC) at 7:00 pm. CMS will aim to make a statement to the rest of the
conference against the first-place Bulldogs. 

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