Senior Seta Pohahau continued his dominance of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division with 235 yards on 18 carries to lead the Aragon football team to a 35-14 win over Terra Nova on Friday.
The win moved the Dons (7-2, 6-1 PAL Bay) closer to a home playoff game. The Tigers dropped to 4-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the Bay.
Pohahau scored one touchdown, a 77-yard run in the second quarter that gave Aragon a commanding 28-0 lead going into halftime. The Dons were able to spread the ball around, as four players reached the end zone.
“This is just another win,” Pohahau said. “Just another step toward the playoffs.”
— Mike Horst
San Mateo 24, Capuchino 21
SAN BRUNO — Quarterback Nate Davidson once again drew the spotlight, totaling over 200 yards — including a game-high 129 yards rushing on nine carries — to lead the Bearcats (4-5, 4-3 PAL Ocean) to a see-saw win over the Mustangs (2-7, 2-4) at Carl Reyna Memorial Field.
Davidson converted three extra points, boomed a 28-yard field goal and ran for two touchdowns, including a 90-yard sprint to tie the game at 14-14 midway through the second quarter. The senior paired with running back Patrick Latu throughout the afternoon to sell play-action bootlegs, including Davidson’s longest rush of the season.
“It’s the best feeling in the world when you turn the corner and all you see is green,” Davidson said, “and that is what I saw.”
The Bearcats’ defense did the rest in a stellar performance, holding Cap to 181 yards of offense, while all three Mustangs scores were set up by turnovers in San Mateo territory. As a result, Cap had a chance to win it on its final possession, driving downfield from its own 20-yard line to face a fourth-and-1 at the San Mateo 28.
With no timeouts remaining and less than 2 minutes left, Cap followed a short third-down run by utilizing the hurry-up offense. Mustangs quarterback Anthony Gutierrez pitched wide right to junior halfback Nate Newman, but a pair of Bearcats — linebacker Latu and defensive back Simon Kang — converged on the play to contain it for no gain.
“When they did [a third-down] trap, I knew they were coming back to me,” said Latu, who also made the tackle on the previous play. “On fourth down when they pitched that ball outside, I turned and helped [Kang] because I knew it was coming back inside.”
Cap led briefly in thefirst half, scoring twice in just more than 3 minutes, including a 7-yard gallop by Eloy Moreno to take a 14-7 lead. Moreno rushed for a team-high 118 yards on 22 carries. San Mateo tied it less than a minute later and never looked back after taking the lead on Davidson’s field goal with 25 seconds remaining in the half.
— Terry Bernal