October 7, 2009 > Eagles win second straight; Warriors still battling
Eagles win second straight; Warriors still battling
By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew
American High Eagles and Mission San Jose High Warriors, both from Fremont, faced off last Friday, Oct. 2, at Fremont's Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium in Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) football action.
American came in at 1-2 having won its previous game and MSJ at 0-3 as it finally got on the scoreboard for the first time in 2009 in its last outing.
First quarter saw the defenses dominate play aided by turnovers. American's junior running back Shawn Wong did have a 28-yard run early in the quarter and fellow RB, senior Antiwan Martinez, added a 20 yarder.
Midway through the first, the Eagles fumbled a Warrior punt and it was recovered by Mission senior Dylin Tyhurst. A few plays later MSJ returned the favor by throwing an interception to American junior linebacker Jordan Cooper. Opening quarter ended on a screen pass for a first down from Eagle senior quarterback Abed Nekrewash to Wong. Score was still tied at zero.
American finally got on the board at the 8:02 mark of quarter number two when Wong broke-off a 55-yard touchdown run. Extra point by junior Max Basilo was good for a 7-0 Eagle lead.
About two minutes later, Wong struck pay dirt again on a 36-yard TD run. Point after by Basilo was again good to put American up, 14-0. Final scoring of the first half came on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Nekrewash to Cooper with 1:04 to play. PAT made the halftime score 21-0.
Second half began with the Warriors trying an onside kick. However, it was recovered by the Eagles on their own 43. On the ensuing drive, Nakrewash completed a 26-yard pass to senior wide receiver Adil Mojaddedi only to see the drive stall as Nakrewash was picked-off by Mission senior defensive back Alvin Cheng. Score remained 21-0 after three quarters of play.
With less than a minute gone in the fourth quarter, Wong scored again, this time on a 38-yard TD run. Junior Roderick Johnson ran in the two point conversion for a 29-0 lead. Basilo could not go as he came off the field earlier with what appeared to be leg cramps.
MSJ finally got on the scoreboard with 2:37 to go when senior running back, Christian Gonzalez, caught a three-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Robyn Torrence.
PAT was no good as the snap from center was fumbled and the score was now 29-6.
Final scoring of the night came with 18 seconds remaining when American's Mojaddedi tallied on a 75-yard pass interception return. This time the two-point attempt was not good and the final score was 35-6, American.
According to American Head Coach Nick Amato, they only have 18 players on the varsity roster and 21 on JV's, so it is difficult for them to compete against teams with large rosters. MSJ is in a similar situation to American, and their Head Coach, Rob Vandeusen, says his kids never quit and continue to play despite the losing streak.
Next up for the Eagles is on Friday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. against Washington of Fremont and the MVAL at Tak. For the Warriors, it is Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. vs. Irvington of Fremont and the MVAL, also at Tak.