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October 21, 2009 > Running game propels Huskies past Cougars

Running game propels Huskies past Cougars

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By Mike Heightchew

The Washington Huskies had to overcome their own sloppy play and a weakened starting quarterback, but were still able to dominate Newark Memorial, 21-2, in an early-season - but pivotal - Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) match up at Newark Memorial High School on a warm Friday (October 16) night.

With lefty QB David Ross battling tendonitis in his throwing arm, the Huskies relied upon running back Deandre Carter, and Carter didn't disappoint. The speedy junior ran for 185 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown, making many plays out of "Wildcat"-like formations where Carter often received a direct snap from center.

Carter was the catalyst for Washington's first score with 44 rushing yards on a drive which culminated in Ross's two-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter. Carter carried the ball three times, and his 37-yard dash on a pitch from Carter put the Huskies in scoring position at the Cougar four-yard line.

After an unsuccessful Newark possession, Washington got the ball back and scored their second TD on a 75-yard, 11-play drive. While Carter carried the ball four times for 21 yards on the possession, the Huskies were able to showcase some of their other weapons. Tanner King got the call on third and one and ran 28 yards down the right sideline to the Cougar 38; Ross faked out the entire Newark defense on a brilliant play-action keeper for 12 yards to the Cougar 19, and on the next play, Ross showed no signs of elbow problems when he hit a wide-open Spencer Romero in the middle of the end zone.

At the half, Washington led 14-0.

In the third quarter, Washington put the game away with a score that was easy pickings. The Cougars, after two running plays that lost 12 yards and an incomplete pass, had to punt out of their own end zone. The Huskies began their possession on the Newark 34. It took 2 plays, both by Deandre Carter to put WHS up 21-0. Carter's first touch was a 28-yard run down the right sideline. Carter finished the job with a six-yard scoring run in which he went into the end zone untouched.

Despite the one-sided score, the game was somewhat evenly matched, except for the exploits of Carter, which the Cougar defense had no answer for. A lot of credit should also go to the Washington defense - they sacked Cougar QB Chris Flexen four times and intercepted him twice, both times by Casey Jennings.

The Huskies also stumbled offensively at times. They were intercepted twice (once on a pass by Ross; the other off the hand of Carter, who threw five passes out of the shotgun formation), turned the ball over on a fumble, and gave Newark their only points with an errant punt snap at the WHS 17-yard line which went over the head of Washington punter Josh Wilson and out of the end zone for a Cougar safety.
With the win, Washington, who is the MVAL defending champions, improves to 2-0 in the league. The Huskies also succeeded in sending a message to James Logan that this year's MVAL season will be more than a one-horse race. Logan had routed Newark the week before and appeared to be an early favorite for the league crown.

Next week the Huskies host the cellar-dwelling Mission San Jose Warriors on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Newark, at 1-2 in the MVAL, will have a week to regroup, and then they will try to start salvaging their season at home against American on October 30. American is currently 2-1, but will have to clash with Logan next week before their matchup with the Cougars.

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