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November 25, 2009 > NCS football tourney rundown

NCS football tourney rundown

Washington survives; other locals stumble

By Gary van den Heuvel

At first glance, it appeared that the North Coast Section (NCS) football seeding committee had either overlooked Washington High School, or perhaps they knew something that no one else did.

Washington finished 7-3 and in second place in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), yet when the seeds were announced last week, the Huskies were number 11, and scheduled to open the NCS Division I playoffs on the road against number-6 California High School.

California had a won-loss record (5-5) inferior to Washington's through the regular season. More gallingly, the Huskies actually beat California in an early season match up.

Based on last Saturday's (Nov. 21) result, it appears that the NCS seeding committee dropped the ball. The Huskies gave up an early touchdown but nothing more, beating the Grizzlies 19-7 to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.

California scored on their first drive on a three-yard touchdown by Gio Javier, but Washington answered with two consecutive touchdown drives. Quarterback David Ross was impressive in completing nine of 10 passes for 200 yards, and connecting with Casey Jennings for two touchdowns.

Washington's dubious seeding may yet be a blessing for the Huskies: their quarterfinal opponent is no.-14 College Park High School (6-5), who shocked Amador Valley High School in their first-round match up.

The Huskies beat College Park in an early-season road game, 27-13. The game will be played on Friday, Nov. 27, at Tak Fudenna Stadium at 7 p.m.

Washington emerged from the weekend as the MVAL's lone survivor. No.-15 seed Newark Memorial High School saw their season come to an end with a 34-3 spanking by Deer Valley High School, who amassed 380 rushing yards (148 of them coming from Sean Combs; 129 from Brandon Williams).

Sixteenth-seeded American High School, who finished the regular season at 5-5, won the booby prize for their unexpected invitation to the Division 1 tournament: a road game against the vaunted no.-1 seed, De La Salle High School.

In a result which surprised no one, De La Salle advanced to the quarters with a 44-0 win. Three of the Spartans' touchdowns came in their first five plays.

The Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) didn't have a lot to celebrate, either. Hayward High School's season ended with a 38-7 road loss to Las Lomas High School in the Division II playoffs.

Quarterback Lucas Gorton (9-11, 191 yards, 2 TD) and running back Marquis Waters (138 yards on 17 carries, 1 rush TD, 1 rec. TD) led the offensive onslaught which the Farmers couldn't handle.

HAAL champions San Leandro High School fared no better, losing 38-7 to Berkeley High School in Division 1 play; and Bishop O'Dowd High School (who at 4-5-1 and fourth place in the HAAL) was eliminated from Division III play by Alhambra High School, 35-21.

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