November 23, 2010 > Logan one-and-done again, Washington moves on
Logan one-and-done again, Washington moves on
By Jeff Weisinger
Photo by Mike Heightchew
On a cold, rainy, ugly night, the James Logan High School Colts football team opened their North Coast Section Division I playoff in a fashion that best described the weather: ugly.
For the second straight year the Mission valley Athletic League champion Colts entered the playoffs undefeated in conference, riding a six-game win streak, only to make another quick exit, this year being a 23-6 loss to the Berkeley High School Yellowjackets on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Union City.
"We just couldn't move the ball offensively," said Colts coach George Zuber. "We just couldn't get the momentum going."
Logan and Berkeley ended the first quarter scoreless, as both teams struggled against the elements. However Berkeley would end the scoring drought late in the second as Rudolpho James ran it in for the score from 15 yards out, giving the Yellowjackets the 7-0 lead.
The Colts would try to answer with 1:27 left in the half, but Damone Beasley was tackled inbounds after receiving a 12-yard pass from Tony Bua, ending the half down 7-0.
Logan's woes continued at halftime when Beasley took a knee at the one yard line on the opening kickoff of the second half. Logan would go three-and-out and would commit a late-hit penalty on the punt, giving Berkeley the ball at the Colts 25 yard line.
Logan's defense would hold Berkeley to just a field goal, but the Yellowjackets would put the game away on a 78-yard touchdown run by James, who broke away from two Colts tackles on his way to the end zone.
Unlike Berkeley, Logan was held on the ground for most of the game, but avoided the shutout on Beasley's 72-yard touchdown run with 5:40 left in the game, cutting the deficit to 23-6. The Colts, were out-rushed 241 to 203.
The Colts playoff woes continue as Logan is sent home in the first round for the second straight year, also losing the NCS playoff opener at home again.
Last year, Logan fell at home to Foothill High School in the NCS playoff opener. The disappointment comes, again, after the Colts cruise through MVAL play, as they finished this season with another 6-0 conference record.
"We're at the disadvantage that we don't play tough teams week in and week out," Zuber explained. "It's hard to get that playoff atmosphere in our league games. It's a double-edged sword."
The Colts, who were underdogs in the MVAL this season, and in the NCS Division I, seem to be favorites next year, as they look to be returning a majority of the team, losing just five seniors.
"They're not young anymore," Zuber exclaimed.
Washington 34, Las Lomas 14
Where the league champion struggled in their playoff opener, the MVAL runner-up once again prevailed.
Washington High School's Huskies opened their NCS Division II playoff with a bang, defeating Las Lomas 34-14 Friday night, Nov. 19.
Washington's Deandre Carter put the Huskies out in front early with a 62-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The 62-yard dash was the first of three touchdown runs on the day for the senior who ran for 140 yards.
Quarterback Anmol Singh threw for just 67 yards on the night with a first quarter touchdown pass that sparked the Huskies 14-point first quarter.
Washington advanced in the NCS playoffs for the second straight year after losing to eventual MVAL champion James Logan in the regular season finale. The win also marks Washington's second straight playoff opening win at home. Next up for the Huskies is the second-round duel at No. 2 seed Pinole Valley High on Saturday, Nov. 27. Kickoff is 7 p.m.