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December 9, 2009 > Pirates end Huskies run at title

Pirates end Huskies run at title

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By Mike Heightchew

"It was fantastic. The kids played well and played their hearts out."

The "fantastic" ride that Washington High School Coach Ken Wittmer described came to a disappointing end on Saturday, Dec. 5, as the Huskies fell to the Pittsburg High School Pirates at Pittsburg, 39-24.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game going in," said Pirates Coach Victor Galli.

Washington entered Saturday night's game defeating California High School 19-7 in the first-round of the North Coast Section (NCS) Division 1 playoffs and then beat College Park High School 31-9 at home in the quarterfinals.

"They were a better team than us, that's all," said Huskies senior quarterback David Ross.

Ross played very well in his final game as a Husky, throwing two touchdowns in the second half as Washington played from behind all game. Ross also had 192 yards passing on the day with 60 yards rushing.

"I'm going to miss him," Wittmer said about his senior quarterback. "He played his heart out and made some plays tonight."

"It felt good taking my team here," Ross added. "I felt like I just left everything on the field."

Washington came out flat on their opening drive of the game, turning the ball over on downs after deciding to go for it on fourth down and inches on their own 19 yard line. Pittsburg would score three plays later on their opening drive when senior quarterback Julius Mozee dove in from a yard out to give the Pirates to opening 6-0 lead.

"We came out too pumped," Ross said about his team's play in the first quarter.

Washington fought back on their next drive in the first quarter as Ross led his team downfield, ending the drive in a 37-yard field goal by senior kicker Josh Wilson.

The Huskies' second drive was highlighted by a 47-yard pass from Ross to senior tight end and fellow captain Cedric Lousi. Ross rolled to his right, cut back left, evaded a sack and found Lousi deep to get the Huskies inside the Pirates 20 yard line.

Pittsburg answered the Huskies field goal with another touchdown from the one-yard line, this time ran in by Victor Perez Jr, as Pittsburg went up 13-3 to end the first quarter. The Pirates would take a 16-3 lead at halftime, as the Washington defense held strong, only allowing a field goal in the second quarter.

"We played bad in the first half, but it was only 16-3," Ross said.

"We just told the kid to settle down," Wittmer said about his halftime adjustments. "They were nervous and a little bit uptight."

Washington might have came out too loose in the second half as the Pirates went up 23-3 immediately to start the third quarter when senior running back Tracy Clark returned the halftime kickoff 91 yards for the touchdown.

"We just played our game the way we've been playing," Galli said.

Ross would find Lousi on a middle screen in the third quarter, and Lousi took it the rest of the way (30 yards) for the Huskies first touchdown of the night. Ross would also hit senior Deandre Carter on a seam pattern from 46 yards out in the fourth quarter as Washington tried everything to fight back.

But a two-yard touchdown run by Alex Foster in the end of the third and another one-yard quarterback sneak for a score by Mozee did the Huskies in.

Senior Tanner King scored for Washington on a one-yard run late in the fourth quarter to make the score 39-24, where the score would hold for the final.

"They didn't want to go away too easy," Galli added.

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