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September 14, 2010 > Prep Football Rundown

Prep Football Rundown

Mt. Eden wakes up in the fourth quarter

By Biff Jones

Campolindo High School Cougars of Moraga traveled to Hayward on Friday, Sept. 10, to take on the Monarchs of Mt. Eden High School in a nonconference encounter. Hayward Area Athletic League's Monarchs fell down early and despite a strong fourth-quarter showing, fell 35-14 at home.

Campolindo took the opening kick off and methodically marched down the field and with just over half a quarter to go, 6:10, quarterback Nick Zolintakis ran it in for the game's first TD and a 7-0 Cougar lead. Zolintakis scored again on Campolindo's next possession with 1:21 to play in the first quarter making it 14-0 at the end of one.

Following a second three and out by the Monarchs, Brett Stephens took over at QB for the visitors in quarter number two. Stephens' 22-yard TD pass to Jaime Vega with 10:06 to play in the second quarter and the added extra point put the Cougars up 21-0.

After nothing doing on the next two Mt. Eden possessions, Zolintakis came back in at quarterback and passed for the Cougars fourth touchdown and a 28-0 lead which it took to the half.

Mt. Eden punted on its first possession of the third and Stephens led the Cougars first, second-half possession to a TD and a 35-0 lead with under two minutes remaining in the quarter.

Mt. Eden began to string together some first downs to conclude the third and begin the fourth and with about a minute gone in the fourth, the Monarchs punched it in for their first TD of the game, making it 35-7.

They tacked on another score with 3:45 to play to make the final score 35-14. According to Mt. Eden coach Ron Thompson, "We need to practice like we want to play in games."

Next for Mt. Eden is at Capuchino High School of San Bruno on Sept. 24. HAAL opener is at home on Friday, Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m. against rival Tennyson High School.

Dougherty Valley wears down JFK
John F. Kennedy High School Titans hosted Dougherty Valley High School Wildcats at Tak Fudenna Stadium Friday night, Sept., 10, and were beat up considerably to the tune of 31-13.

Bob Spain; Pete Michaletos

On JFK's first possession, junior quarterback Jesse Ochoa led his troops down field with the help of running backs Kamron Crook and Isaiah Cortez. Cortez ran in the game's first touchdown from nine yards out for the 6-0 lead after a failed two-point conversion.

Dougherty Valley countered with a four and a half minute drive on the running of Lucas Raventos. They tied the match but failed a two-point conversion also.

The Titans took their next possession 75 yards, culminating in a two-yard Cortez plunge and a 13-6 lead with 35 seconds in the half.

Unfortunately for the hosts, they left too much time on the clock. Tyler Eastman hit receiver Cody Larkin with a 66-yard pass and run touchdown as time ran out in the half. A two-point conversion gave Dougherty a 14-13 half time lead.

And the second half was all Dougherty Valley as they wore down the Fremont-based team. A 25 yard field goal by Mitchell Ward with 5:11 to play in the third quarter upped the lead to 17-13 and would be taken into fourth quarter.

In the fourth, Wildcat running backs Michael Spivey and Raventos continued to make big gains up the middle behind center Aaron Robinson. After the game, Kennedy coach Pete Michaletos would say, "We had some injuries that hurt us. Two linebackers and a fullback were out."

With 4:22 to go in the fourth, Raventos scored on a four-yard run to make it 24-13. Then with 31 seconds left in the game, Xavier Vaesau scored on a five-yard run for the 31-13 final.

JFK is now 1-1 on the year and next travel to Heritage High School of Brentwood on Friday, Sept. 17. They open Mission Valley Athletic League play on Oct. 1 at Tak against Newark Memorial High School.

Elsewhere in prep football
On Thursday, Sept. 9, American High School Eagles of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) hosted the Benicia High School Panthers at Tak Fudenna Stadium in a nonconference game and dropped a close 24-18 decision to the visiting Panthers. Eagles are now 1-1 and travel to Liberty High School of Brentwood this Friday, Sept. 17.

Other MVAL scores last Friday, saw Newark Memorial High School Cougars improve to 1-1 with a close fought 21-19 home victory over Castro Valley High School. Cougars travel to Milpitas High School for an intersectional contest Friday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

James Logan High School Colts traveled to San Leandro High School last Sept. 10 and improved to 2-0 as they rolled to a 25-0 victory. This Friday the Colts will host a tough Foothill High School of Pleasanton at 7 p.m.

Washington High School Huskies dropped to 0-2 with a hard-fought loss to Deer Valley High School, 30-29. Huskies host Amador Valley High at Tak this Friday at 7 p.m.

Irvington High School Vikings dropped to 0-2 on the year with a 36-6 loss at Arroyo High School. Vikings next play this Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. at Tak against San Rafael High School.

Warriors of Mission San Jose High School evened their record at 1-1 with a 27-6 win over De Anza High School. Next up for the Warriors is a 7 p.m. game this Saturday, Sept. 18, against Miramonte High School at Tak.

Friday, Sept. 10, California School for the Deaf Eagles from the Bay Football League went to 2-0 with an easy 34-12 home victory over Encina Prep of Sacramento. This weekend the Eagles travel to Indiana to take on Indiana School for the Deaf before returning home on Saturday, Sept. 25, for a 2 p.m. encounter with Texas School for the Deaf.

Another Friday, Sept. 10, game last weekend had Moreau Catholic High School Mariners of the Bay Shore League host Branham High School of San Jose and the Mariners won their season opener, 27-10. Joey Fiandor had an 85-yard kick off return for a touchdown and Adam Robinson threw two touchdown passes for the host team.

In Hayward Area Athletic League play, Tennyson High School Lancers were clobbered on the road by Northgate of Walnut Creek, 70-18. Lancers next host Mt. Diablo of Concord at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24.

Hayward High School Farmers opened its season in Dublin against Acalanes High School of Lafayette last Saturday, Sept. 11, and fell 10-6. Home opener for the Farmers is this Friday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. vs. Mt. Diablo at Sunset Field in Hayward.

And in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, the Milpitas High Trojans opened defense of its Central Coast Section (CCS) Large School Division Championship at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco. St. Ignatius, a member of the tough West Catholic Athletic League, and the Trojans played to a 14-14 tie.

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