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September 28, 2010 > Mariners dig in against aerial bombs

Mariners dig in against aerial bombs

By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Moreau Catholic High School hosted San Lorenzo High School Friday, Sept. 24. Normally the Mariners and Rebels play in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) in all sports. However, Moreau chooses to play in the Bay Shore Athletic League (BSAL) in football.

San Lorenzo took the opening kickoff and had the reputation of being a big play passing team. After starting out using the running game and getting a first down on the Mariners 47, Rebel quarterback Brandon Murphy found wide receiver Eric Johnson with a 47-yard scoring pass with less than three minutes gone in the first quarter.

Moreau started the second quarter near mid field and drove it down to the Rebel 10-yard line only to lose it on a fumble. Following the fumble, the Mariner's forced a fumble of their own, and senior lineman Roman Gonzalez picked up the loose ball and ran it in for a touchdown to tie the game.

San Lorenzo then went on a drive that took 8:58 off the clock with the help of a personal foul penalty on the Mariners on a third and long play. Murphy's one-yard sneak with just over a minute left in the half made the score 14-7.

In the third quarter, San Lorenzo struck again with an aerial bomb at the 6:45 mark. Murphy hit Johnson with a 69-yard pass and run play. Point after was no good and the Rebels led 20-7. Mariners would again rise up and with a methodical march down the field, Mariner senior running back Brendan Nugent ran it in from 15 yards out with 4:30 to go in the third quarter. This extra point was also no good and the score was 20-13 and it remained that way going into the fourth quarter.

Moreau would score on a 15-yard pass and run from senior quarterback Adam Robinson to Shahin Marzband with 11:54 to go. Moreau coach Andrew Cotter then elected to go for two on the point after and it was no good leaving the Rebels up 20-19.

Mariners controlled most of the fourth quarter but would come up empty once they reached the red zone. That was enough to allow the Rebels to again go bombs away as Murphy hit Johnson again; this time for a 76-yard pass and run to go up 27-19 with under three minutes to play.

Once more the Mariners went to work and moved the ball down field. With 33 seconds left in the game, Robinson scored on a one-yard plunge. Needing two to tie, Moreau senior running back Joey Fiandor ran it in to tie the score at 27-27.

San Lorenzo had a chance to win the game at the end, but Moreau blocked a potential game-winning field goal to end in a 27-27 tie. Both teams are now 2-0-1 for the year. Next up for the Mariners is John F. Kennedy High School of Richmond on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 1: 30 p.m.

According to Cotter, "We made some mistakes but the kids never quit." When asked why he went for two at 20-19, he said, "I do not ever like to play for a tie, although I do not like losing either."

Eagles destroy Texas team, now 4-0
California School for the Deaf (CSD) Eagles hosted Texas School for the Deaf Saturday, Sept. 25, and they were not very gracious hosts as the home team jumped out to a 29-0 lead in the first half en route to a 36-23 win.

It was 15-0 after the first quarter (two touchdowns, a safety and a missed extra point) and then two more touchdowns in the second quarter made it 29-0. However, Texas would answer with two TDs of their own and a two-point conversion for a 29-15 score at the half. Defenses took over in the second half as CSD scored a touchdown in the third quarter and Texas in the fourth with another two-point conversion for the final.

CSD's offense was largely the ground game as sophomores Brian Freeman and Jacy Pedersen rushed for combined 214 yards on 35 carries. Junior Dion Rubio ran 10 times for 61 yards. Junior quarterback Carlos Lopez completed two passes on six attempts with two interceptions. Junior wide receiver Cody Mitchell caught one ball for 44 yards. Next up for the 4-0 Eagles is at Harker School of San Jose on Friday, Oct. 1.

Irvington drops to 0-4 with loss to GW.
Irvington High School Vikings were defeated by George Washington High School of San Francisco last Saturday, 28-21, in a game played at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium.

GW jumped out to 7-0 and 14-7 first half leads only to see the Vikings take a 21-14 lead at halftime. However, that would be all the scoring for the host team as GW would score two, fourth-quarter touchdowns for the 28-21 final.

Leading Irvington was sophomore quarterback Ariel Hercik who went 3-11 for 97 yards and an interception. One of his passes was a 72-yard scoring strike to junior Raeshawn Lee. Hercik also led the Vikings in rushing with 85 yards on 12 carries and a TD. Sophomore fullback, Laron Floyd scored Irvington's other TD. Vikings next play Washington High School on Friday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. at Tak.

In other Mission Valley Athletic League action last Friday, it was Newark Memorial High School over Arroyo High School, 35-25; American High School losing to Concord High School, 68-34; Mission San Jose High School falling to Hercules High School, 44-3; John F. Kennedy High School shutting out De Anza High School, 54-0; James Logan High School defeated by Heritage High School, 24-12; and Washington clobbered by San Ramon High School, 55-8. On Friday, Oct. 1, Newark hosts JFK, 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 2, it will be American vs. Logan, 7 p.m. at Tak.

Other HAAL scores saw Hayward High School get pounded by Monte Vista High School, 70-21; Tennyson High School beating Mt. Diablo High School, 13-7; and Mt. Eden High School traveling to Capuchino High School of San Bruno and dropping a difficult game to play, 14-12. On Friday, Oct. 1, Mt. Eden will be at Tennyson and Hayward is at San Lorenzo, with both games kicking off at 3:30 p.m.

Milpitas High School Trojans traveled to the Salinas Sports Complex where they took on North Salinas High School on Friday, Sept. 24. Trojans improved to 2-0-1 with a 14-13 victory behind the two touchdown passes from Tony Sauceda to Dela Harlley and Sammy Fauna. Milpitas opens Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, De Anza Division play this Friday at Los Gatos High School. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

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