December 2, 2009 > Huskies ground Falcons
Huskies ground Falcons
One win from NCS Championship Game
By Jeff Weisinger
They didn't win the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) Championship, but the Washington High School football team are one step closer to the NCS final as they defeated the College Park High School, 31-9, on Saturday, Nov. 28.
"We just worked hard all week and we handled our business," said Huskies junior wide receiver Deandre Carter. "It's a gigantic win for the team and the school."
Washington entered Saturday night's game defeating California 19-7 on November 21. It was also their second win against California this season as they beat the Grizzlies in the season opener 30-28 back on September 4.
College Park entered Saturday night's game winning three in a row, including a 34-21 upset over Amador Valley High School in the opening round of the NCS DI tournament on November 20. The Falcons racked up a total of 95 points during their three-game win streak, but the Huskies' defense took down the high-flying Falcons on Saturday night, holding them to just nine points along with forcing three turnovers.
Huskies senior quarterback David Ross threw for 171 yards on the day with a touchdown and an interception on the night.
Washington's offense struggled to find consistency to start the game.
After holding the Falcons to a three-and-out on their opening drive, Washington was forced to convert two fourth downs on their 13-play opening drive that ended in a 35-yard field goal by senior kicker Josh Wilson.
The Huskies nearly started the game with a 7-0 lead as Ross found Carter in the end zone from eight-yards out on fourth down and three, however, the play was called back for offensive holding.
"We just weren't playing Washington Husky football," Ross said. "But we picked it up in the second half.
Washington took a 10-7 halftime lead off a two-yard touchdown run by Carter in the second quarter. College Park responded to an early 10-0 Husky lead as Falcons junior quarterback Taylor Valdez connected with senior tight end Matt Guilliaume for an 18-yard touchdown with 47 seconds left in the half.
Washington came out the gates strong in the third quarter, driving straight downfield and ending the nine-play drive with a 20-yard touchdown run by Carter to put Washington up 17-7 with 7:52 left in the third. Carter finished the day with 63 yards on the ground, scoring three times along with 121 yards receiving.
Ross and the Huskies took charge in the second half, outscoring the Falcons 21-2 to end the game, highlighted by Carter's 34-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and a 46-yard touchdown pass from Ross to senior running back Tanner King with 5:17 left in the game to put the Huskies up 31-9.
The Huskies travel to Pittsburg High School to take on the Pirates in the NCS semifinals on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. The winner of this game will play the winner of De La Salle High School vs. Monte Vista High School in the NCS Championship at Dublin High School the following week.