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November 25, 2009 > Foothill soars over Logan

Foothill soars over Logan

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By William Mancebo

An undefeated 6-0 record in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) proved to mean nothing in the first-round of the North Coast Section (NCS) football playoffs as Foothill High School went to James Logan High School and shredded the MVAL champs' defense for over 700 yards in the Falcons 59-37 win Saturday, Nov. 21.

"They're a good football team," said Logan Coach George Zuber. "We got behind and had to play catch up the whole time."

For the second consecutive season, the Colts could not get past the first round of the NCS playoffs. Since 2004, Logan is 2-2 against Foothill in the playoffs with their last win coming in 2007.

Senior quarterback Sean Mannion picked apart the Colts secondary, racking up 581 yards through the air along with five touchdowns and one interception.

"My o-line gave me a ton of time all night and the receivers ran great routes," Mannion said. "It was a great team effort."

Mannion's favorite target on Saturday night was junior wide-out Cameron Rowland who racked up 308 yards on 14 catches with two touchdowns, much to the chagrin of Zuber.

"They're receivers were better than our DBs tonight," Zuber added.

Logan struggled offensively throughout the night. The Colts started the game going three-and-out on the first two drives, racking up a total of 13 yards.

"It didn't go the way we wanted it to go," Colts senior quarterback Jon Willis said. "I'm sorry we couldn't pull it off. Sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some."

The Colts chipped away at Foothill's 14-point lead in the second quarter with a 35-yard field goal by kicker Gustavo Ulloa and a two-yard touchdown run by Victor Johnson, cutting the Falcons lead to 17-10.

Logan would tie the game at 17 on Foothill's next drive as Willis picked off Mannion from his free safety position and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.

The Falcons answered Willis' touchdown with one of their own as Mannion connected with Rowland for a 33-yard strike, giving the Falcons a 24-17 lead.

The Colts would answer right back again on the following kickoff as senior WR Joe Castro returned it 97 yards for a TD (PAT missed) and the Colts trailed Foothill by one, 24-23. Foothill lead 38-29 at the half.

Mannion and the Falcons put Logan to rest on their opening drive of the third quarter as he found tight end Patrick Berrigan open for a 27-yard TD on a third and long, putting Foothill up 45-29, capping an 11-play, 69-yard drive.

After Logan fumbled on their first drive of the half, Mannion connected with Kacinski from 42 yards out on Foothill's next drive and hit Rowland on a 78-yard score as Foothill went up 59-29 to end the third.

Logan would make the score 59-38 off freshman running back Desmond Beasley's 50 yard dash to the end zone to begin the fourth. However a Beasley fumble and a Willis interception ended any hopes of a Logan comeback.

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