November 16, 2010 > Logan on top of MVAL again
Logan on top of MVAL again
By Jeff Weisinger
Photo by Mike Heightchew
Who said James Logan High School football was rebuilding in 2010?
Logan, despite not having many star players all season, finished another undefeated Mission Valley Athletic League season, defeating Washington High, 28-6, at Logan to capture their 11th MVAL title in 12 years.
Despite finishing non-conference play with a 2-2 record, and numerous questions going into conference play, the Colts (8-2, 6-0 MVAL) simply walked through league play, allowing a total of 19 points in their final three games of the season.
"Our defense played well tonight," said Colts Head Coach George Zuber.
As well as the defense played, holding Huskies quarterback Anmol Singh to just 186 yards on 22 completions with a touchdown run and one interception, the Colts also forced Washington to fumble in the first half, which sparked the Colts to a 21-0 halftime lead.
Sophomore Miles Long ran for 172 yards with three touchdowns, including the game-clinching play in the fourth quarter.
Singh avoided the shutout with a 24-yard run for the score with 8:39 left in the game, cutting Logan's lead to 21-6, but Long's 51-yard touchdown run after Logan recovered an onside kick sealed the fate for the Huskies.
The Colts secondary also kept Washington wide out Deandre Carter in check, allowing the Huskies most dynamic player to reel in just 11 catches for 93 yards.
Washington, despite starting the season 0-4 through non-conference play, finish the year with an even 5-5 record, including a 5-1 conference record for the second consecutive year.
Newark Memorial 34, Irvington 14
Cougars quarterback Nick Pohndorf tossed two touchdowns and Hunter Rockwell and Osana Futi both ran for scores as Newark Memorial ended a struggling year on a high note, defeating Irvington, 34-14, Friday night, Nov. 13, at Tak Fudenna Stadium.
Newark Memorial (5-5, 3-3 MVAL) and Irvington (2-8, 2-4 MVAL) went back and forth through the first half, keeping the score tied at 14 when the two sides went to the locker rooms. Vikings quarterback Ariel Hercik opened the scoring on a one-yard sneak and later threw a seven-yard pass to Dylan Werth in the first half.
Newark answered back in the third as Jacob Rael caught a two-yard touchdown from Pohndorf, putting Newark up 20-14.
Anthony Morales helped Newark seal the win, returning a Vikings fumble 36 yards to put the Cougars up 27-14 with 6:04 left. Trevor Hubby's 30-yard touchdown reception with 3:53 left solidified Newark Memorial's win.
North Coast Section Tourney
Logan enters the North Coast Section tourney with confidence high. As the 10th seed in the Division I tourney, Logan will host No. 7 seed Berkeley High School on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.
Washington qualified for the NCS DII tourney (divisions based on school enrollment) with its strong MVAL season. As the No. 7 seed, the Huskies will host No. 10 seed Las Lomas High School on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
Also making it to the NCS DII tourney from MVAL was American High School. American finished its season with a 62-0 romp of Mission San Jose High on Saturday, Nov. 13. They will travel to No. 4 seed Casa Grande High for their first-round match-up on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.