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September 18, 2007 > Cougars outlast Trojans

Cougars outlast Trojans

By Biff Jones

Despite the close proximity of the two schools (only ten miles apart), it was an intersectional, high school football battle. It pitted visiting Milpitas Trojans from the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League versus the home team, Newark Memorial Cougars from the Mission Valley Athletic League. Milpitas plays in California Interscholastic Federation's (CIF) Central Coast Section while Newark Memorial is a member of CIF's North Coast Section.

Newark started the game on its own thirty-five yard line when the opening kick-off by Milpitas went out-of-bounds. Cougar Miles Gates made the first big play of the game with a forty-six yard run to the Trojan's thirty-three. However, the drive would end when Gates' brother, Michael was intercepted by Trojan defensive back, John Lee. After an exchange of punts, Milpitas struck first as junior quarterback Jacob Cuellar hit wide receiver Charles Satchell with a seventy-nine yard touchdown pass. The extra-point was no good as the snap from center was fumbled. Trojans now led 6-0 with five minutes to go in the first quarter. That is how the first quarter would end when Miles Gates, now playing defensive back, intercepted Milpitas sophomore quarterback, Cameron Hernandez, in the end zone to close out the first period.

Early in the second quarter, the Cougars had third down and two when Milpitas jumped offside to give Newark a first down. Not to let Milpitas off the hook for their mistake, Michael Gates threw a fifty-four yard touchdown pass to running back Robert Hawkins. Anthony Benevente's extra-point gave the Cougars its first lead of the game. NM would strike again when the third quarterback used by the Trojans, senior Angel Arce, dropped back to pass, while in the grasp of a defender, he tried to throw the ball away only to see Newark defensive lineman, Antoine Mabray, pick it off and run it in for the touchdown. Ensuing extra-point by Benevente increased Cougar's lead to 14-6.

Newark added to the lead when Hawkins scored from four yards out after a twenty yard run by Michael Gates. This time the kick was blocked, NM led 20-6. Milpitas would end the first half scoring when running back, Havelock Pomele, scored on a two yard run after taking a direct snap from center out of the "shotgun" formation. Domingo Silva's extra point saw the half end 20-13, Cougars.

The first half of the third period went scoreless until Newark scored on a thirty-seven yard run by Eric Stewart following a twenty-three yard scamper from QB Michael Gates. The extra-point was no good and score now 26-13. About three minutes later in the quarter, Cueller of Milpitas found Pomele on a three yard touchdown pass. Silva's extra-point cut Newark's lead to 26-20. The third quarter would end when another Cougar lineman, Doug Hall, intercepted Trojan's Cuellar deep in Milpitas territory.

The fourth quarter started with NM on the Trojan fifteen yard line. The Cougars would quickly add to their lead as QB Michael Gates took the ball in on a one yard quarterback sneak. The extra-point gave Newark a 33-20 lead. The fourth quarter and game scoring would end with about four minutes remaining when Pomele ran it in for the Trojans from fifteen yards out. Silva's extra-point made the final score 33-27 Newark.

The Cougars improved their record to 2-0 and will host Fremont of Oakland this Friday night at 7 p.m. on the Newark Campus, 39375 Cedar Blvd., Newark. The Trojans fell to 1-2 and will travel to Alameda this Friday and take on the Hornets at Thompson Field, 1899 Walnut St., Alameda. Game time is 7 p.m. Both teams have the talent to make it to their respective sectional play-offs this year.

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