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October 30, 2012 > Newark remains undefeated in league play

Newark remains undefeated in league play

Submitted By and photo by Mike Heightchew

Both the Newark Memorial Cougars and Washington Huskies arrived with perfect Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) standings, but only one could emerge with that record intact. The winner would retain the top spot in MVAL play at 5-0 and with an additional win, the MVAL football crown.

The game started with plenty of offense. Newark showed why they are now just one game away from their first MVAL title since 1985, scoring just six minutes into the game with a 16-yard pass from Pivin to Morton capping a great show of offense and a well-balanced ground and air attack. Washington was no pushover as they fought back, countering with a well-timed pass from Kyle Malpede on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Ahmed Ayrobi that gave the Huskies an 8-6 lead after a two-point conversion.

Three minutes later, the Cougar line opened holes in the Husky defense for Marty Leggett as he took the ball into the end zone on a 10-yard run that gave Newark Memorial a 12-8 lead. The first half was a hard fought battle; both teams knew the probable outcome of the MVAL championship was on the line.

In the second half, the Huskies took a 14-12 lead with the first play of the second quarter, a 24-yard touchdown pass from Malpede to Jones. However, the turning point of the game in favor of the Cougars came when the Huskies had the ball on the Newark 5 yard line in the third quarter and the Cougar defense closed the door. The Huskies failed to score and fell behind with a final score: Newark Memorial 32, Washington 14.

Both Quarterbacks gave impressive performances. Although Newark Memorial's Riley Pivin threw for just 78 yards, they included three passing touchdowns. His 7-yard scamper into the end zone capped the scoring with 2:01 left in the game. Malpede, in a losing effort, was 21 of 32 with 209 yards passing and two touchdowns. His top target was Terrance Jones, who caught eight passes for 90 yards.

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