Smith’s returns not enough

Senior takes two kickoffs back for TDs in first quarter, but Washington falls

DALY CITY — The good news for the Washington football team was that its special teams showed a bunch of spark Friday night.

The bad news for the Eagles was that they spent so much time returning kickoffs.

Washington senior Keith Smith returned two first-quarter kickoffs for touchdowns, but the Eagles couldn’t keep up with Jefferson in a 50-26 nonconference loss.

After Jefferson scored to open the game, Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to tie it. The Indians came back and scored to take a 14-7 lead, but Smith returned that kickoff 84 yards to make it 14-14. Needless to say, Jefferson didn’t kick Smith’s way again.

Jefferson (1-1) amassed 351 rushing yards on 66 carries and scored seven of its nine touchdowns on the ground.

Rudy Martinez led Jefferson with 127 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Smith added a 30-yard rushing touchdown for Washington (0-2).

The game was delayed for nearly 20 minutes midway through the fourth quarter when Jefferson’s Issako Tagaloa was taken off the field in an ambulance with an apparent arm injury.


RICHMOND — DeAngelo Winston rushed for 249 yards on 24 carries and four touchdowns as the Bears (2-0) used a quick start to beatDe Anza (1-1). Winston scored twice in the first quarter and Mission led 17-7 at halftime. After De Anza scored on a 96-yard fumble return early in the fourth quarter, Winston put the game away with a 5-yard TD run with 5 minutes left and a 9-yard scamper with 1:04 remaining.

— Jesse Haley


WOODSIDE — Darius Bell snuck in from 1 yard out and tacked on the two-point conversion with 2:28 left in the game as the Crusaders (1-2) edged the Wildcats (1-1).

Riordan rallied from an early7-0 deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Christian Perez ran in from 6 yards out and Kevin Connelly’s extra point tied it just 1:51 into the fourth quarter before Bell’s decisive TD run.

Woodside quarterback Matt Pelesasa threw two interceptions and fumbled three times, including with 3:43 left that set up Bell’s

TD. Junior safety Daniel Cannon sealed the victory when he picked off a desperation fourth-down pass at the 10-yard line with 1:23 remaining.

— Sean McCormick


PACIFICA — Junior Stevie Lee returned the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards for a touchdown as the Irish remained unbeaten by beating the Tigers.

Unlike last season’s 35-31 shootout victory, Sacred Heart Cathedral won this one with defense. The Irish had six sacks, including four by Joe Brophy.

Thomas Power sealed the victory on a 34-yard field goal with 1:16 left to play.

— Mike Horst


The failure to procure officials and doctors led to the cancellation of the Burton-Fremont game. The game, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Curt Flood Field, will not be made up and it is unlikely that either team will be awarded a forfeit victory, according to Oakland Athletic League commissioner Jerry Luzar.

Fremont was originally scheduled to play El Dorado in Las Vegas on Friday and when that game fell through the school arranged to play Burton. But Fremont officials didn’t notify the OAL (which is responsible for assigning referees and doctors when its teams host games) until too late, leading to the cancellation.

Academic Athletic Association commissioner Don Collins said the game was almost moved to San Francisco at the last minute, but no officials could be found.

“We all scrambled around here last night and tried to move mountains, but couldn’t salvage the game,” Collins said. “Regrettably, neither Burton nor Fremont will get to play.”

– Matt Elliser

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