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September 21, 2010 > Cougars lose another thriller

Cougars lose another thriller

By Jeff Weisinger

Newark Memorial's chances of a strong start going into Mission Valley Athletic League play took a turn for the worst against Milpitas High on Friday, Sept. 17, as a chance at a 2-1 start slipped in one final pass, as quarterback Nick Pohndorf's pass was intercepted on the game's final play as the Cougars fell to the Trojans 21-19, dropping Newark's record to 1-2 on the season.

Both Pohndorf and Trojans' quarterback Tony Sauceda tossed three touchdowns each on the night. Sauceda finished his night 12 of 22 for 149 yards passing, hitting Jordan Lockett, Sammy Fanua and Dela Harley for touchdowns.

Pohndorf tossed two of his touchdowns on the night to wingback Samson Tai and another one to wide receiver Jacob Rael with about six minutes remaining to bring the Cougars within two, 21-19.

Another star on the night was Milpitas sophomore linebacker Vita Vea, who made two huge plays to push the Trojans to victory. He blocked the point-after attempt after the Cougars' first touchdown in the first quarter and sacked Pohndorf on third down late in the fourth quarter with the Cougars driving inside the Milpitas 30 yard line.

The Cougars 1-2 record doesn't tell their entire story. Both of Newark's losses have come by a combined total of three points, and their only win of the season so far, against Castro Valley on Sept. 10, was by two points.

The Cougars play their final non-conference game on Friday, Sept. 24, at Newark against Arroyo, then begin MVAL play against John F. Kennedy High at home on Oct. 1, with both games beginning at 7 p.m.

Logan 28, Foothill 38
The last time Logan played the Falcons of Foothill High school, the Colts never saw the lead and their secondary was torched for just shy of 600 yards in the air.

Logan took a 20-0 lead after the first quarter over the No. 6-ranked Falcons, but Foothill quarterback David Camarena led the Falcons offense to 31 unanswered points in Foothill's 38-28 win over the previously unbeaten Colts.

Camarena led the comeback with 204 yards through the air along with a pair of touchdown passes.

Logan will look to get things back on track when they host Brentwood's Heritage High School on Friday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. The Colts begin conference play at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium when they take on American High School on Oct. 2.

American 16, Liberty 22
The Eagles dropped their second consecutive game, losing at Liberty High 22-16 on Friday night.

The loss puts the Eagles at 1-2 with the dangerous Concord High coming into Fremont this coming Friday night and with their MVAL opener against Logan just two weeks away on Oct. 2.

Irvington 7, San Rafael 34
The Vikings fell to 0-3 on the season on Thursday, Sept. 16, as they lost to San Rafael 34-7. Irvington has struggled offensively, scoring just 13 points in three games so far. The Vikes take on Washington High School of San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Mission San Jose 0, Miramonte 62
After defeating De Anza High last week, the Warriors newest losing streak began last Saturday, Sept. 18, as Mission San Jose fell to Miramonte 62-0 at Tak. The Warriors (1-2) will travel to Hercules to take on Hercules High on Sept. 24.

Other Scores
Elsewhere in prep football, California School for the Deaf improved to 3-0 with a convincing 55-9 win at Indiana School for the Deaf on Saturday, Sept. 18. Next up for the Eagles is a home battle against Texas School for the Deaf on Saturday, Sept. 25. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

Moreau Catholic went to 2-0 on the season with a 48-14 win over Galileo High on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Mariners next play on Friday, Sept. 24, at home against San Lorenzo. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Hayward High School evened its record to 1-1 on the season with a 46-0 home victory over Mt. Diablo High School on Friday, Sept. 17. Next up for the Farmers is a Friday, Sept. 24, road tilt at Monte Vista High in Danville. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Kennedy went to Heritage High on Friday, Sept. 17, and was handed a 61-7 loss to drop to 1-2 on the season. The Titans will look to even its record on Friday, Sept. 24, when they head to De Anza High in Richmond for a 7 p.m. showdown.

And Washington High dropped to 0-3 on the campaign with a 31-15 loss at the hands of Amador Valley High on Friday, Sept. 17. The Huskies will look to get one win in preseason play before the start of MVAL action when they head to Danville on Friday, Sept. 24, for a 7 p.m. tilt with San Ramon Valley High.

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