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November 11, 2009 > HAAL football report

HAAL football report

By Gary van den Heuvel

Look up the word "barnburner" in the dictionary and you're likely to read an account of Friday night's football game between Mt. Eden High School and the visiting Hayward High School. Unfortunately for the hosts, it was the Monarchs who got torched by the Farmers in a wild 56-33 loss.

The Farmers seemed to end this game early when they led 35-7 and later 42-14 in the first half, but Mt. Eden fought back to close to within 15 points at 42-27 after a 76-yard touchdown run by Emmanuel Jigba; a 68-yard pass from Joe Latu to Antoine Williams; and a 10-yard run for a score by Latu after a Hayward fumble.

Hayward reasserted their dominance and put the game out of reach with a 21-yard scoring run by Mumu Yates, and a 42-yard TD dash from John Hughes.

After this game, Latu may justifiably suffer post-traumatic stress disorder caused by the Farmer defense, who notched a brutal 14 quarterback sacks.

With the win, Hayward improved to 5-1 in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), 7-2 overall. The Farmers are in second place in the league, behind the only HAAL team to beat them - San Leandro High School (6-0 HAAL, 7-2 overall) - who hung a 66-20 loss on Hayward in early October.

The unenviable task of lining up against San Leandro last week fell to Tennyson High School, who hosted the Pirates and played them very respectably - for the first half, which the Lancers actually led 7-6 going into the locker room. Tennyson's points came on a three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter by J.R. Pabalate to start the scoring. Pabalate led Tennyson with 112 rushing yards.

The Lancer lead ended abruptly in the second half when San Leandro's Victor Huguley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. And so began the deluge, a 30-point explosion in the third quarter which ended Tennyson's upset hopes.

Chris Musni threw touchdown passes to Ellis Cummings and Clifton Jones in the third quarter; Kyrian Obidiegwu legged out a 92-yard TD run; and George Roberson ended the scoring with a 38-yarder. Roberson led all rushers with 122 yards.

The win clinched at least a share of the HAAL title for San Leandro. Tennyson remained in the cellar with a 0-6 league record, 2-7 overall.

In other HAAL scores, Bishop O'Dowd High School (3-3, 3-5-1) edged Castro Valley High School (2-4, 2-7) 14-13; San Lorenzo High School (5-1, 6-3) beat Arroyo High School (2-4, 3-6) 20-14.

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