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November 18, 2009 > Hayward, San Leandro to represent HAAL in NCS

Hayward, San Leandro to represent HAAL in NCS

By Gary van den Heuvel

Hayward High School football locked up second place in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) with a 35-20 home win over third place San Lorenzo High School on Friday, Nov. 14.

Hayward's win came courtesy of a rushing attack which produced 250 yards, 178 coming from Amani Stockstill on 18 carries, and 78 yards by Carl Yates on 19 carries. Yates's 38-yard touchdown run was the first points of a high-scoring first quarter, which ended with Hayward leading 21-13.

After the Rebels tied the game 7-7 on a two-yard TD run by Aoese Noa, Stockstill put Hayward back in front with a 29-yard scoring run. Minutes later, Yates had his second score with a four-yard touchdown, but San Lorenzo stayed close on a 24-yard TD pass from Nicholas Stewart to Eric Johnson (the extra point failed).

Following a scoreless second quarter, the Farmers salted the game away early in the second half with two touchdowns, Stockstill's second (a three-yard run), and Yates's third (a 26-yard dash).

Dillon Pereira had two interceptions for Hayward, both of which led to scores, and Jacob Finau recorded two sacks for the Farmers, who finish their regular season with an 8-2 record and a 6-1 mark in the HAAL.

Hayward will advance to the NCS Division II playoff tournament, where they will be seeded 10th. Their first-round game is Saturday, Nov. 21, at number-7 seed Las Lomas High School at 7 p.m.

The loss for San Lorenzo was especially brutal as their 6-4 record, 5-2 and third place showing in the HAAL, is not good enough for them to continue - they weren't extended an invitation to any NCS post-season tournament.

Across town, Tennyson High School ended a difficult season on a high note, winning their first HAAL game by beating host Mt. Eden High School 38-26. Tennyson overcame an early 20-6 deficit with 4 unanswered touchdowns in the second and third quarters.

J.R. Pabalate was the Lancers' most productive player, leading in rushing (75 yards on 15 carries), and receiving (three receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown). T.J. Ner ran for 50 yards and scored two touchdowns on short runs. Quarterback Kyle Johnson was sharp, completing nine of 12 passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Alston Paxton had two catches, both for touchdowns; and Torrance Shanklin scored on his only carry, a four-yard TD in the second quarter which started the Tennyson rally.

Quarterback Joe Latu led the Monarchs with 113 yards on 11 carries, with two touchdowns, and Emmanuel Jigba ran for 78 yards on 10 rushes.

Both teams finished with a 1-6 HAAL record and a share of the league cellar. Tennyson was 3-7 overall and Mt. Eden 1-9.

At the other end of the spectrum are San Leandro High School, who clinched the HAAL title outright (7-0 in the HAAL, 8-2 overall) with a 34-6 win over Castro Valley High School. San Leandro earned a number 12 seeding in the Division I tournament, and they will go on the road to play number-5 Berkeley High School on November 21 at 7 p.m.

Bishop O'Dowd High School beat Arroyo High School 20-17 to finish the season in a disappointing fourth place (4-3 HAAL, 4-5-1 overall). Arroyo ended their season tied with Castro Valley in fifth (2-5, 3-7).

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