November 2, 2010 > Local football teams keep playoff hopes alive
Local football teams keep playoff hopes alive
By Biff Jones
Hayward High School Farmers hosted the first place Bishop O'Dowd High School Dragons last Friday, Oct. 29, at Sunset Field in a Hayward Area Athletic League football game. A win by the Farmers would put them in a tie for first place in the HAAL with the Dragons and give them a leg up on getting an automatic berth to the North Coast Section Division II playoffs.
O'Dowd jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one quarter, but Hayward came right back in the second quarter on a 46-yard touchdown run by A.J. Salary. Farmers' quarterback Rayshawn Martin then hit John Hughes with a 96-yard TD pass to tie the score at 13-13 going at the half.
Tyrone Ward scampered 56 yards on the second play of the third to give O'Dowd a 20-13 lead. Hayward responded quickly with a long kick return by Edward Fudes, capped by a Martin one-yard plunge. Hayward's PAT was unsuccessful, leaving it 20-19. Two more third-quarter touchdowns would give the visitors a 34-19 lead going into the final period.
Fourth quarter would see the Dragons score twice more on touchdowns while the Farmers score once and added a two point conversion as O'Dowd held on to first place with a 47-27 victory. Salary led the hosts with 92 yards rushing. Hayward (4-4, 3-2 HAAL) dropped into third place in the HAAL behind O'Dowd and San Leandro with the loss. They travel to Castro Valley High School for a 7 p.m. game Friday, Nov. 5.
Castro Valley welcomed the Tennyson High School Lancers for the Trojans homecoming game last Friday in another HAAL encounter and the hosts were not very hospitable. Castro jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter before the Lancers countered with a nine-yard touchdown run by Tomas Jimenez for a Trojan lead of 10-7 going into the second quarter.
Hosts would then score 14 quick points for a 24-7 lead which would hold up until three minutes remained in the game. That is when Trojan running back Damion Rosby broke off an 85-yard TD run for a final score of 31-7. Tennyson (4-4, 2-3 HAAL) will host Arroyo High School Nov. 5 at 2:45 p.m.
In other HAAL action, Mt. Eden High School traveled to Arroyo last Saturday, Oct. 30, and quickly fell behind 30-0. However, the defense would then tighten up as they held Arroyo to only one touchdown per quarter over the last three periods.
Monarchs only score of the game came on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter by Devante McGowan for a 49-6 final. Mt. Eden (0-8, 0-5 HAAL) hosts San Lorenzo High School this Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2:45 p.m.
Moreau Catholic High School Mariners traveled to John Swett High School Indians of Crocket last Friday night in a Bay Shore Athletic League game. Moreau would score touchdowns on its first two plays from scrimmage as Mariners' running backs Brendan Nugent and Joey Fiander would score all four of the visitors touchdowns and combine for 330 yards rushing. Moreau (5-2-1, 3-2 BSAL) plays at Piedmont High School Friday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
California School for the Deaf Eagles played host to Bay Football League (BFL) rival Berean Christian High School under the Friday night lights last week.
CSD took the early lead in the first quarter on a 98 yard interception return by sophomore Carlos Lopez. However that would be all the scoring for CSD and their league woes continued as they fell to the BFL co-leaders 42-7. Sophomore Brian Freeman led the Eagles in rushing with 111 yards on 10 carries. CSD hosts the other BFL co-leader, Salesian High School, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.
Milpitas High School Trojans traveled to Palo Alto last Friday to take on Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, De Anza Division opponent, Henry M. Gunn High School. Although Gunn was winless in De Anza play, they would give Milpitas all it wanted.
With the score tied at 3-3, Gunn went on a 80-yard drive and scored on a 40-yard pass completion to take a 10-3 lead with a minute left in quarter one. Second quarter was all Milpitas as they found pay dirt twice on runs by Bryant Canada (10 Yards) and Sammy Fanua (42 yards) to take a 17-10 halftime lead.
After a second half filled with turnovers, Milpitas put the game away with about two minutes to go in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard Jb Almogela run to put the game away 24-10. Milpitas is now 4-3-1, 2-3 this year and host De Anza rival, Saratoga High School, Friday, at 7:30 p.m.
According to Head Coach Kelly King, "We used only six seniors tonight and brought up two more players from the JV team. Next year we will be able have a player return at every position." When asked about Saratoga upsetting Los Gatos last week, a team the Trojans lost to 23-6 earlier this year, King said, "Los Gatos and Saratoga are rivals. Saratoga will be tough but we will be up to the challenge."