September 7, 2010 > Logan finds new star in win; Washington falls to Cal in season openers
Logan finds new star in win; Washington falls to Cal in season openers
By Jeff Weisinger
Call it possible tale of two teams.
With the high school football season officially underway, two of the favorites for the MVAL title took completely different turns in their season openers last weekend as James Logan defeated Arroyo in a thriller on Saturday, Sept. 4, afternoon, 23-20, and the Washington Huskies collapsing in the second quarter to California High, 35-20, in their season home opener Saturday night.
The Colts (1-0) may have found a new star in San Lorenzo on Saturday as sophomore Damond Beasley took his first career kickoff return 87 yards to put Logan up with an early 7-0 lead.
Beasley also racked up 132 yards on 20 carries, including a 70-yard dash on the Colts first play from scrimmage to give Logan a one-touchdown lead after Arroyo scored on their opening drive.
"He's very explosive," said Logan coach George Zuber of Beasley.
Arroyo answered Beasley's opening touchdown return with a seven-play, 70-yard drive capped by Michael Young's 17-yard touchdown, and tied the game again at 14-all with a 20-yard run by Micah McMurray.
The Colts put the game away before halftime, going up 23-14 with a 13-yard score by Miles Long and a safety by Ronald Broadway who sacked the Don's Joey Fisher in the end zone.
Arroyo clawed back to a three-point deficit off a Jordan Fogal 24-yard touchdown pass to Young late in the third quarter, but two scoreless drives in the fourth sealed the Dons' first loss of the season.
Logan travels to San Leandro (0-1) to take on the Pirates on Friday, Sept. 10, at Pat Burrell field in San Leandro.
As for the other favorite, the orange and black of Washington High didn't fare so well against Cal in their home opener at Tak Fudena field Saturday night, falling 35-20.
After taking an early 7-0 lead after the first quarter off a one-yard touchdown run, the Huskies allowed a 20-point second quarter as Cal quarterback Drew Reil threw two touchdown passes and Cal also returned and interception 67 yards to go up 20-13 at halftime. The Huskies cut the Grizzlies lead to seven as Deandre Carter brought in a 40 yard pass.
After a scoreless third, Cal put the game away with back-to-back touchdown runs in the fourth quarter.
Washington will look for win number one of the season on Friday night against Deer Valley (1-0) at Antioch.
Alameda 20, Newark Memorial 19
It just took a blocked point after by Alameda to get the Cougars off on the wrong foot to begin the season in Newark Memorial's 20-19 loss to the Hornets Friday, Sept. 3, night.
Senior quarterback Nick Pohndorf was picked off twice by Alameda in the loss. Newark powered in from a yard out for what seemed to be the potential game-tying score late in the fourth, but the Hornets blocked the point-after try to secure the one-point win.
Newark Memorial (0-1) will take on Castro Valley at home Friday night.
Kennedy 28, Balboa-S.F. 26
Three touchdown runs by junior Isaiah Cortez pushed the Kennedy Titans past Balboa 28-26.
The junior running back scored from four yards out, one-yard out and scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 17-yard scamper in the fourth quarter as Kennedy came back to take the lead after being shutout in the second and third quarter.
Kennedy (1-0) takes on San Ramon's Dougherty Valley at Tak Fudena field on Friday night.
American 32, Valley Christian 14
Shawn Wong stole the show in the Eagles opener Saturday night with three touchdown runs as American High defeated Dublin's Valley Christian 32-14.
Wong powered in from one yard out and 14 yards out, and opened the second half with a 50-yard dash to give American a 19-0 lead to begin the third. He led the team with 142 yards on the night on 13 carries. Teammate Deshane Hines also carried over the century mark on the night, rushing for 124 yards on 11 carries, including a 69-yard run. He also had a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
American (1-0) takes on Benicia (1-0) on Thursday night, Sept. 9, at Tak.
Pinole Valley 27, Irvington 0
It was an opening night disaster for the Vikings on Friday night as Irvington lost their opener 27-0 to Pinole Valley.
The Vikes struggled offensively, being outgained 270 yards to 131.
After a scoreless first, Pinole Valley's offense controlled the second quarter, scoring 20 unanswered points against Irvington with back to back touchdown runs and a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Pinole would recover a fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter to complete the season-opening blowout.
Irvington (0-1) takes on Arroyo (0-1) on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 11, in San Lorenzo.
Berean Christian 42, Mission San Jose 0
Mission San Jose's losing streak hit 19-games, dating back to the 2008 season, after the Warriors fell to Berean Christian 42-0 in their home opener Thursday night, Sept. 2.
MSJ allowed four touchdown runs and two touchdowns in the air on the night, including allowing Berean Christian to a 21-point second quarter.
The Warriors offense struggled to gain just 133 yards, while allowing Berean Christian to 422 yards, 352 of which on the ground.
The Warriors (0-1) will look to end their winless streak Saturday night against DeAnza High at Tak Fudenna Stadium.
In other scores, California School for the Deaf got off to a solid start in 2010 with a 31-14 beat down of Calistoga on the road and Mt. Eden High School fell 27-7 at home to Terra Linda High.