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November 30, 2010 > Another second round exit for Washington

Another second round exit for Washington

By Jeff Weisinger

In the end, the Washington High School football Huskies just didn't have enough fight.

Seventeen unanswered Pinole Valley High School points ended Washington's hopes of a North Coast Section Division II title as the Huskies fell 38-28 to the No. 2 Spartans Saturday, Nov. 27.

The loss marks the second straight year that Washington has fallen in the second round of the NCS playoffs and the second straight year that they lost it on the road. In 2009, the Huskies fell to Pittsburg High.

Washington found themselves down 7-0 early as Carvonte Hill outran the Husky defense for a 61-yard touchdown for the game's first score. The Huskies answered back quickly on Deandre Carter's four-yard score, however a missed two-point conversion put Washington down one. Maxwell Naterman's 39-yard field goal put the Spartans up 10-6 after the first quarter.

Then Pinole Valley took charge, mainly on the legs of James Lewis.

Lewis dashed straight through the Huskies defense for both Spartan touchdowns in the second quarter on 86- and 85-yard runs as Pinole Valley took a commanding 24-6 halftime lead.

Lewis would finish the day with 251 yards rushing on 11 carries and three touchdowns, as the Spartans ran for a combined 349 yards on the night.

After a scoreless third quarter for both sides, Lewis would open the Spartan's fourth quarter scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run followed by Hill's nine-yard rushing touchdown, giving the Spartans the 38-6 lead.

The Huskies would try to fight back in the fourth quarter as Carter would score three touchdowns, one receiving and two rushing as Washington outscored Pinole Valley 22-14, however it was not enough as the Huskies would see their season end after Carter's six-yard touchdown run.

Washington opened the year 0-4 in one of the toughest non-conference schedules in years. The Huskies went on to win the next five games once MVAL play started, however lost to James Logan in the MVAL championship game.

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