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October 5, 2010 > Prep football unbeatens suffer road woes

Prep football unbeatens suffer road woes

By Biff Jones

Photo by Mike Heightchew

Last Friday night, Oct. 1, California School for the Deaf (CSD) traveled to San Jose to take on Harker School in a Bay Football League encounter. Both teams came into the game undefeated with identical 4-0 records.

CSD received the opening kick off and immediately fumbled it where Harker recovered on the CSD 25. On the ensuing possession, Harker was faced with a fourth and 13 and decided to go for it, but the CSD defense was up to the task, stopping their opponent and retaining possession.

CSD then drove the ball to the Harker 20 behind the running of quarterback Carlos Lopez and running back Dion Rubio before stalling when the Harker defense equaled the feat of the Eagles, making a fourth-down stop. After one, the teams changed fields at a scoreless tie.

With 4:37 to play in the half, Harker started a drive on the CSD 34. Led by the air and ground attack of quarterback Rishi Bhatia, as well as the two-headed running back monster of Christopher Mccallacreay and Gerard Glasauer, Harker was able to open the scoring up with 2:29 to go before halftime -- an eight-yard sprint by Glasauer. On the point after try, holder Gautam Krishnamurthi received a bad snap from center and, after scrambling around, found receiver Greg Cox in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

Lopez was intercepted by Harker cornerback Alex Kablanian on CSD's first play from scrimmage. Kablanian returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. Harker converted a more conventional two-point conversion -- Bhatia to Daanish Jamal -- to give them a 16-0 halftime lead.

In the second half the defenses took over as both teams either exchanged punts or turned the ball over. Then with 3:10 to play in the game, Krishnamurthi intercepted a Lopez pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown to give Harker a 23-0 edge, which they held onto for the victory.

For CSD, wide receiver and punter Steve La had a good game as did defense back and kick returner Conrad Baer. After the game, CSD coach Kevin Bella said, "We have to get our running game going and reduce the number of turnovers. Next week we are off and this will give a chance to regroup and get ready for the second half of the season."

Next up for Harker is Capuchino High School of San Bruno, at home Friday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. while CSD next plays at home on Thursday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. against Valley Christian High School of Dublin.

Another unbeaten, Milpitas High School Trojans (2-0-1) traveled to Los Gatos High School Wildcats (1-0-1) last Friday night, Oct. 1, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, De Anza Division game.

Los Gatos took the opening kick off and drove 69 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. After the kick off, the Trojans fumbled their second play from scrimmage and it was recovered by the Wildcats. Two plays later, the Cats had a 14-0 lead.

Milpitas junior quarterback Tony Sauceda, who had been outstanding in his first three starts this year, did not have a very good game. This and the fact that Los Gatos stopped the vaunted Trojan rushing attack, allowed Milpitas to score only a third-quarter touchdown as they fell 23-6 and dropped to 2-1-1 overall, 0-1 in league.

Next up for the Trojans is a home tilt on Friday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. against undefeated Homestead High School of Cupertino.

In Hayward Area Athletic League play last Friday afternoon, Mt. Eden High School Monarchs traveled to Tennyson High School Lancers. Tennyson jumped out to a 6-0 first quarter lead and led 28-0 at the half. Mt. Eden then stiffened in the second half and held the Lancers scoreless. However, the Monarchs could only muster 15 points in the fourth quarter and fell 28-15. Tennyson is now 3-1, 1-0 in HAAL; Mt. Eden is 0-4, 0-1.

Leading the Lancers was QB Pablo Magellan (11-16, 165 yds., TD, INT). Magellan's TD was 84 yards to Alson Paxton. Paxton caught four balls for 112 yards. Santos Huesso also threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Michael Head. For the Monarchs, quarterback Isaac Robinson was 12 of 21 for 114 yards and an interception. Tennyson is home against Bishop O'Dowd High School Friday, Oct. 8, 3:30 p.m. while Mt. Eden hosts San Leandro High School, also Friday at 3:45 p.m.

In other HAAL play, Hayward High School Farmers traveled to San Lorenzo High School last Friday and the Farmers' John Hughes accounted for four touchdowns. Hughes: a 99-yard fumble recovery; receptions of 91 and 72 yards (from Rayshawn Martin); and on 45-yard run. William Carro also scored a Farmer TD on a 36-yard interception to give Hayward a 42-27 win. Farmers are now 2-2 overall, 1-1 in HAAL, and next play Friday at 7 p.m. against Arroyo High School at Sunset Field.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, Moreau Catholic High School traveled to John F. Kennedy High School of Richmond in a Bay Shore Athletic League game. Mariners improved to 3-0-1, 1-0 in BSAL, with a 27-20 victory. Next game for the Hayward school is this Saturday, Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary's of Albany.

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