After going 0-2 in nonconference play, the Burlingame football team righted itself by beating South San Francisco 19-6 to open the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division season.
On a night that saw South City running back Chris Herron rip off runs of 32, 41 and 44 yards, the Warriors could not solve the Panthers’ secondary. South City quarterbacks threw four interceptions, two deep in Burlingame territory.
On offense, Burlingame played keepaway, grinding out 192 yards on the ground. Quarterback Steve Merchant passed infrequently but effectively, completing five of eight passes for 73 yards and one score. Senior tailback Jesse Butterfield led the way for the Panthers with 140 yards on 25 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter. Butterfield also saw a 47-yard fourth quarter touchdown romp wiped out by offensive holding.
Panthers defensive back Jason Carlos had two of his team’s picks, including a fourth-quarter backbreaker that came after South City, down 19-6, had taken the ball from their own 14 to the Panther 25. Dominic Byrne and Landis Nasser also recorded picks.
For the game, Herron racked up 177 yards on 16 carries, while 336-pound fullback Michael English carried five Burlingame defenders 3 yards into the end zone for the Warriors’ only score.
— Larry Rosen
Sequoia 14, San Mateo 12
SAN MATEO — The Cherokees overcame a 12-0 halftime deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the Bearcats in the PAL Ocean Division opener for both schools.
Early in the fourth quarter, Cherokees senior defensive back Ruben Ramirez intercepted a pass and, on the subsequent play, senior quarterback Gustavo Moreno called his own number and scored from 5 yards out to cut the lead to 12-7.
Less than 3 minutes later, senior Miguel Flores came up with the Cherokees’ second interception of the final quarter. Senior George Holland scored four plays later on a 7-yard touchdown run. Bearcats senior Nate Davidson attempted a
33-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining in the game, but it was blocked and the Cherokees ran out the clock.
— David Leipman
Aragon 43, Carlmont 7
BELMONT — The Scots’ defense had no answer senior tailback Seta Pohahau, who had three touchdowns in the first half as the Dons (2-1, 1-0) rolled past Carlmont (1-2, 0-1) in a PAL Bay Division game. Three of his TDs came on the ground, where he carried the ball nine times for a total of 151 yards.
Aragon ran up a total of 329 yards on the ground for the game. The Dons’ quarterback tandem of Alex Miller and Alex Sortwell combined to go an efficient 7-for-10 for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Sortwell committed the only Dons turnover of the afternoon with an interception in the second half.
— Michael Horst
Hillsdale 35, Jefferson 20
HILLSDALE — The Knights (1-2,
1-0) broke away from a 14-14 halftime by scoring 21 points in the second half to beat the Indians (0-3, 0-1) in a PAL Ocean game.
After more than 20 scoreless minutes, both teams put 28 points on the scoreboard in the final four minutes of the second quarter.
Kyle Lau ran untouched for two touchdowns in the second half, when Hillsdale utilized a more conservative game plan and stayed primarily on the ground. Jefferson was unable to generate any offense in the fourth quarter and allowed Hillsdale’s offense to say on the field for more than ten minutes. An interception by Tony Luzzi with less than three minutes left in the game sealed the victory for the Knights.
Luzzi was Hillsdale’s workhouse on the ground with 24 carries for 72 yards and one touchdown.
— Ed Attanasio
Merrill West (Tracy) 20,
TRACY — David Henderson scored an 85-yard touchdown and had 133 yards on 16 carries but the Wolfpack (1-2) topped the Mustangs (1-3).
Tyler Kenton ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 30 attempts for West, while teammate Dexter Alcala added 112 yards and a score on nine carries. Henderson’s long touchdown cut the Wolfpack’s lead to 14-6 early in the second quarter, but West held on for the win.
— Staff report
Los Altos 35, Mills 0
BURLINGAME — Quarterback Daniel Young and receiver Kenneth Peterman connected for two long first-quarter touchdowns as Los Altos (3-0) downed Mills (0-3).
Young finished with 301 yards passing and three touchdowns in a game that was delayed for approximately half an hour in the second quarter due to lightning.
Mills was led by quarterback Jonathan Ibanez, who threw for 126 yards and ran for 49 more.
— Amanda Stupi