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September 30, 2009 > Warriors lose third straight

Warriors lose third straight

By Biff Jones

Mission San Jose High School's football team was shut out in their first two games of the 2009 season. On Friday, Sept. 25, at Tak Fundetta Memorial Stadium in Fremont, they hosted a 1-2 Hercules team that also went scoreless in their first two games before shutting out Kennedy of Richmond the previous week.

On Hercules' first possession, Mission held them to a punt attempt. However, the Hercules punter turned the ball over to the Warriors on Hercules' 46 yard line when his knee touched the ground. MSJ was unable to convert it into any points.

First score of the game came midway through the first quarter on a 59-yard Hercules touchdown pass. Extra point was good for a 7-0 lead and the score at the end of one quarter.

Second Hercules score came on another TD pass, this one from 42 yards out. Point after was added and the first half ended, 14-0, in favor of the visitors.

Third quarter saw Hercules strike again through the air, this time on a 29-yard halfback pass. Another successful kick, followed later in the quarter by a 25-yard Hercules field goal, ended the third quarter 24-0.

After the team from the northern East Bay scored their fifth touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter and the extra point was missed for a 30-0 lead, the Warriors finally hit pay dirt in 2009. Senior running back Alvin Cheng showing the same speed similar to his father, Henry, broke through the line and would not be caught from behind as the younger Cheng scampered for a 69-yard TD run at the 6:13 mark of the fourth quarter. Senior Christian Gonzales' point after made the score 30-7.

On Gonzales's ensuing kickoff, a successful onside kick gave the ball right back to Mission. Although the Warriors continued to battle to the end, the final score remained 30-7.

According to Head Coach Rob Vandeusen, the players never quit despite the losing streaks and being out-manned in both size and speed.

MSJ opens MVAL play Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., when they play American at Tak.

Mission San Jose student Theodore Fong contributed statistics for this article.

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