Like so many drips of water, the Lowell High School football team’s double-wing offense wore away at Mission on Friday until the Bears’ defense gave way, unleashing a torrent of third-quarter scoring.
“This offense wears people down,” Cardinals coach Danny Chan said of his team’s 28-6 home victory that opened Academic Athletic Association play.
Mission came into the game
3-0, having dispatched with its three nonleague opponents by a combined score of 95-27. Missing for this game, however, was star running back DeAngelo Winston, who scored eight touchdowns in the Bears’ first two games but is battling shin splints. His absence removed a key weapon from Mission’s offense, forcing the Bears to depend more on senior quarterback Greg Tucker.
Duc Anh Le led the Cardinals offensively, rushing for 141 yards — 122 in the second half — and two touchdowns.
Despite Winston’s absence, Mission dominated time of possession for the first half. However, four Lowell interceptions — including two by sophomore Shant Siyahian, who returned the second 41 yards for his first career touchdown — had the Cards up 14-0 at halftime.
Lowell defensive coordinator Al Gamboa credits his team’s success to discipline.
“If we play disciplined,” Gamboa said, “we have just enough athleticism to pick stuff off.”
The halftime break did not revitalize Mission. A fumble on its first possession of the third quarter led to a Le 4-yard touchdown, leaving the Bears 20 points down and rattled. Le added a 30-yard TD run later in the quarter, then broke off a 59-yard gallop midway through the fourth quarter.
“The line made me a huge hole,” Le later said of the final TD run. “That’s how the Lowell offense works.”
In the fourth, Lowell’s ground game took over, holding the ball for most of the last seven minutes, while the Cardinals’ defense took advantage of a confused Mission offense. A rare Lowell miscue, leading to an 83-yard fumble return by Mission’s Ronnell Foster, prevented a Lowell shutout.
WASHINGTON 34, GALILEO 8
Maurice Barton ran for 195 yards and four touchdowns, while a relentless Washington defense held Galileo without a first down into the fourth quarter as the host Eagles (1-3, 1-0) rolled over the Lions (0-4, 0-1).
Washington sacked Lions quarterback Danny Huang 11 times, limited Galileo to minus-50 yards rushing and didn’t allow a first down until 7:52 remained in the game. Anthony Marshall and Clayton Newhouse each had three sacks for the Eagles.
Washington led just 6-0 at the half, but broke things open after intermission. Barton, who had 21 carries, sealed the outcome with a 52-yard score with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter to make the score 27-8. The run came on the first play following Galileo’s lone touchdown.
Washington outgained the Lions 338 yards to 43, but struggled to turn opportunities into points in the first half. Galileo stopped the Eagles inside the Lions 20 on Washington’s first four possessions of the game, including interceptions by Rashad Headspeth and Deshawn Jose in the end zone.
— Matt Elliser