|Berkeley Punt Holds Off San Leandro, 12-7||| Print ||
|Thursday, 25 October 2012 15:27|
PHOTOS BY JIM KNOWLES
San Leandro tight end Keone Foumai caught a pass from quarterback Stephen Johnson for a 40-yard gain.
By Jim Knowles
San Leandro Times
The San Leandro High football team took possession with 1:30 on the clock, trailing 12-7, with a chance for a last-second victory at Berkeley High on Friday night.
The Pirates had just held Berkeley deep in Yellowjackets territory and dropped back to receive the punt on fourth down. They would have caught the punt around mid-field in a normal high school game, but Berkeley kicker Samuel Boyden isn’t your average punter.
Boyden’s punt soared into the night and left the Pirates with possession back on their own 25-yard line. The Pirates got close to midfield but ran out of time in a 12-7 loss to Berkeley in a West Alameda County Conference (WACC) game.
San Leandro started out with a chance to take the lead in the first quarter. Randy Bell caught a pass from quarterback Stephen Johnson to move inside the Berkeley 10-yard line, and the Pirates worked the ball down to the 1-yard line. But a quarterback sneak on fourth down fell short of the end zone by inches.
Berkeley took over with a drive that resulted in a score. Yellowjackets quarterback Lamont Smith connected with Marquise Garcia and John Adams, and then to Hiram Hariston to make it first-and-goal from the 3-yard line.
Akil Bordelon ran the ball up the middle for a Berkeley touchdown and a 6-0 lead. The Pirates blocked the extra-point attempt.
Berkeley took a 12-0 lead in the second quarter on an interception by linebacker Marlon Walker that he returned 70 yards down the right sideline to the end zone. The Pirates stopped the run on the 2-point conversion attempt.
But San Leandro cut the lead to 12-7 before the half, moving the ball downfield to set up a 15-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Finau Mataafa. Irvin Jauregui kicked the extra point through the uprights.
In the third quarter, the game was stopped while an ambulance was called after Berkeley running back John Adams took a hard hit after a pass reception.
Fortunately, Adams is okay. He didn’t suffer any concussion or neck injury, according to Berkeley head coach Fred Sims.
When play resumed, Berkeley advanced to field goal range but the kick went wide.
San Leandro then advanced down to the Berkeley 9-yard line in the fourth quarter, within striking distance of taking the lead. But a Johnson pass was picked off in the end zone by Yellowjackets safety Marce Stewart.
The Pirates stopped Berkeley’s drive on third down with a tackle behind the line of scrimmage by linemen Terrance Leota, Deon Barron and Raekwon Bullins, forcing Berkeley to punt.
The Pirates got the ball, but the booming punt by Boyden kept San Leandro out of range as time ran out.
Pirates running back Randy Bell led the game in rushing with 135 yards, Mataafa gained 50 yards and Hairston picked up 41 yards. Mataafa and Christian Carter each caught two passes for 19 yards, Keone Foumai caught a 40-yard pass, and Bell caught a pass for 20 yards.
Berkeley improved to 3-0 in WACC play. San Leandro is 0-3, looking for its first win this Friday night when the Pirates travel to Encinal High in Alameda for a game at 7 o’clock.
CAPTION: Devin Hairston of San Leandro (42) goes up for a pass that was broken up by Berkeley safety Marce Stewart.