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October 2, 2012 > Football: Mission comes close but Irvington prevails

Football: Mission comes close but Irvington prevails

Submitted By Mike Heightchew, Photos By Mike Heightchew

With Just 46-seconds left in the fourth quarter, Irvington scored two touchdowns including one on a 1-yard run by Randon Navarro, leading to an Irvington 44-35 victory over Mission San Jose at Tak Fudenna Stadium on Saturday, September 29. Navarro's touchdown was set up by a fumbled snap recovered by Ariel Hercik, giving Irvington the ball at the Warriors four yard line and a score and 38-32 lead.

Irvington quarterback Jack Shank then diced his way through the line from 45 yards out to put the game away for the Vikings who rushed for 326 yards. Although the Mission San Jose defense pressured Shank, he had a great night with 135 rushing yards and two scores plus another 66 yards passing. Ariel Hercik led the Vikings with 149 yards and a touchdown.

Mission San Jose poses a greater threat to other Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) teams with each game; Warrior quarterback Tamim Sarwary threw for 222 yards and found an open James Gao in the Viking backfield as he hauled in touchdown passes of 29 and 20 yards. Ismail Shafi ran for 101 yards including a 50-yard scamper to the end zone in the fourth. Mission San Jose's league losing streak is now at 42 games. With its new passing attack, it is all but certain that the MVAL losing streak will come to end very soon - they came very close in this game.

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