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November 18, 2009 > Newark Memorial wins season finale

Newark Memorial wins season finale

By David J. Nicolas
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Saturday night's football game between Newark Memorial High School and Mission San Jose High School was a game of opposites.

After losses to tough James Logan and Washington High School teams, momentum tipped toward the Cougars (4-2-0 Mission Valley Athletic League, 6-4-0). Their 24-7 victory on November 14 at Tak Fudenna Stadium was their third in a row.

This outcome was the 10th loss of the season for the Warriors who went 0-6-0 in the MVAL and 0-10-0 overall. Opponents held Mission San Jose scoreless six times this season.

The Cougars allowed the Warriors only one touchdown. The Warriors' quarterback was 6-15 in passes with four interceptions and one sack.

Three separate Cougars found the end zone for Newark.

The Cougars struck first with one play on its own 37-yard line when sophomore quarterback Chris Flexen found an open Kendall Andrews. Andrews avoided two tackles and earned the Cougars six points. Newark led 7-0 after the extra point with 11:38 left in the second quarter.

Later in the same quarter, the Warriors began their drive on the Cougars' 21-yard line after a bad punt. Mission San Jose ran for a touchdown and kicked for an extra point to tie the score at 7-7 before the end of the quarter.

A blocked Warrior field goal attempt in the third quarter allowed the Cougars to extend their lead. Sean Guterres, a senior, finished the drive with five carries and a touchdown. After the successful PAT, Memorial was up by a touchdown with 11:15 left in the third.

The Cougars later capped their victory with an Anthony Benavente field goal in the fourth quarter.

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