October 26, 2010 > American fights to return to .500
American fights to return to .500
By Jeff Weisinger
Lets be honest, they were the sleeper pick in the Mission Valley Athletic League going into this season. However, American High School was still the underdog in the calendar in their week eight match-up against Newark Memorial.
But after Friday night's 19-13 win at Newark Memorial High School, it's safe to say that the "sleeper" may have finally awakened.
"(Newark) pounded us every time we played them," said Eagles coach Nick Amato, who's in his fourth year at the helm. "So for us to come out and play a game like this and win was huge."
The Eagles opened the scoring with 3:49 left in the first quarter off a one yard touchdown run by Roderick Johnson. Johnson finished the day with 103 yards on the ground along with a pair of touchdowns.
Newark answered on their following possession as Hunter Rockwell scored on a 12-yard rushing touchdown, capping an 11-play, 80-yard drive. However, Newark missed the kick on the point after, giving American the 7-6 lead. The Cougars would take the 13-7 lead early in the second half as Rockwell brought in a Nick Pohndorf pass and took it 51 yards for the score.
However, American stayed resilient defensively in the second half as Deshane Hines intercepted Pohndorf's pass in the third quarter and took it all the way back, 35 yards, for the score, tying the game at 13. Shawn Wong's five-yard run toward the end of the third quarter gave American the go-ahead touchdown and a 19-13 lead.
Then came the fourth quarter.
The Eagles dominated the time of possession in the fourth quarter, holding the ball for about eight minutes before eventually punting the ball to Newark who would take over on their own 35 with 1:13 left in the game.
On that drive, Pohndorf hit Samsom Tai on a 14-yard completion on a fourth down and four to keep the drive alive with 56 seconds left. Tai would get the call again two plays later on the Eagles 31 with 17 seconds left, however Tai could not get out of bounds and time ran out on the Cougars potential comeback.
The Eagles (4-4, 3-1 MVAL) will play a crucial game at Washington (3-4, 3-0 MVAL) on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will take sole possession of second place in the MVAL.
James Logan 48, Irvington 0
Five rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns by sophomore quarterback Jeffrey Prothro kept the Logan Colts undefeated in MVAL play in their 48-0 rout over the Irvington High Vikings on Saturday night, Oct. 23.
Logan (5-2, 3-0 MVAL) took charge early, scoring 33 points on the Viking defense in just the first quarter, and scored all 48 points in the first half.
Running back Warren Long had a career day on the ground, rushing for 226 yards on just 11 carries and three rushing touchdowns, two of which came from over 75 yards as the Colts ran for a combined 377 yards on the night.
Irvington (1-7, 1-3 MVAL) struggled offensively once again, totaling just 146 yards of total offense. Logan will look to stay undefeated in MVAL play when they host Kennedy on Friday night.
Kennedy 41, Mission San Jose 0
Sophomore running back Isaiah Cortez had the night to remember against the Mission San Jose Warriors, racking a career high 333 yards with four touchdowns as the Kennedy Titans easily handled the Warriors 41-0 on Friday night, Oct. 22.
Cortez's 178 yards on the ground in the first half sparked the Titans' 20-0 halftime lead. Cortez scored on runs of 57, seven, 87 and 39 yards. The Warriors had three chances to get back into the game forcing and recovering three straight fumbles by Kennedy; however the Titan defense stopped them each time.