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October 21, 2009 > American rolls over Irvington

American rolls over Irvington

By Biff Jones
Photos By William Mancebo

Irvington High Vikings of Fremont took on American High Eagles of Fremont last Friday, Oct. 16, at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium in Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) football action. Both teams were sporting a 1-1 MVAL record.

Irvington senior Matt Kaufman received the opening kickoff and returned it to his own 38 yard line to begin a 62-yard touchdown drive. A big play during the drive was a 13-yard pass completion from Scott Bennett to Theo Green for a first down on the American five-yard line. Sophomore fullback Nick Marino scored on a one-yard run with 6:25 to go in the first quarter. Warren Ocano added the extra point for a 7-0 Viking lead.

After both teams failed to score on their next possessions, the Eagles got the ball on their own 20 yard line after an Irvington punt with 0:15 to go in the opening quarter. That is when American junior Roderick Johnson broke loose for an 80-yard touchdown run just before the quarter ended. Max Basilio kicked the point after for a 7-7 tie and the score at the end of one quarter of play.

In the second quarter the Eagles went up 14-7 with 8:08 remaining as junior Shawn Wong had a 34-yard run to the Viking two-yard line. Wong scored on a one-yard run and Basilio added the PAT.

Midway through the second, American's Johnson intercepted an Irvington pass and returned the pick to the Viking eight-yard line. However, he fumbled the interception return and Irvington got the ball back with a new set of downs.

With 0:21 left in the half, junior quarterback Dennis Wheaton hit tight end Jordon Cooper with a 28-yard TD pass. Basilio again converted on the extra point for a 21-7 American half time lead.

After the break, neither team was able to score in the third quarter as the teams either traded punts or had the ball go over on downs.

At the 8:37 mark of the final quarter, Wheaton hit senior wide receiver Adid Mojaddedi with a 10-yard touchdown pass. Basilio's attempted extra point was blocked.

Remainder of the quarter saw each team turn the ball over on downs and the final score was 27-7 American.

For the Eagles, Johnson had 13 carries for 128 yards rushing; Wong, five for 57; and senior Antiwan Martinez, 11 for 39. Wheaton was 5-7 passing for 60 yards with Mojaddedi catching two balls for 18 yards; Cooper, one for 28; and Basilio, one for 14.

Top tacklers for American were Cooper with nine; senior Keoni Marquez, junior Stephen Kay and sophomore Joden Ulep all had seven. Junior Daniel Luty added six. Cooper and sophomore George McCloud each had one sack.

Top Viking players were Green, nine carries for 53 yards rushing and Kaufman, three kick returns for 69 yards.

According to Head Coach Casey Kester, the Vikings had a very troubled week with some suspensions, missed practices and players not showing up on time. However, Kester said, the other players were great as they tried to work through the troubles.

American improved to 3-3 over all and next plays James Logan of Union City on Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at Tak. Irvington dropped to 2-5 overall and will play Kennedy of Fremont, Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., also at Tak.

Thanks to American Head Coach, Nick Amato and assistant, Dan Stamp, along with Coach Kester of Irvington for many of the statistics on this game.

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