Injuries Costly to Encinal, 24-6

Vincent Camarillo Encinal squares off against James Logan in the newly formed WACC Foothill division.
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Injuries Costly to Encinal, 24-6

The Encinal Jets lost their league opener 24-6 to James Logan High School last Friday. Playing at Estuary Park, Encinal’s new temporary home field, the Jets held tough, trailing 12-6 at halftime. However, Logan’s Jeremiah Patterson returned a kickoff after the half for one of his three touchdowns.

The Colts were the first to score, but standout Keirr Stewart ran in a 2nd quarter touchdown to tie the game at 6-6. Stewart also lost a fumble in the second half.

“We had a good start to the first quarter and we picked up a lot in the 2nd quarter,” said senior left tackle Siave Pedro. “Overall, we did decent but there is room for improvement.”

The Jets seemed to run out of steam and players as the game progressed. Starting running back Augstine Tautalatasi was injured before halftime and did not return while two more Jet linemen left the game due to injuries. The Jets entered the game with only 25 players, many of whom were freshmen and sophomores. By comparison, the Logan sideline held more than 50 players.

“Despite all the injuries, we played hard,” said Encinal senior Tyler Reyes. “There were points where we got tired, but that just means we have to work harder in practice. We played as a team but we got to stay composed when the game gets tough.”

One player who took advantage of extended playing time was freshman Kenneth Lorenzo. Lorenzo played both receiver and defensive back, breaking a number of Logan pass attempts.

“It felt very amazing playing on varsity for the first time,” said Lorenzo. “The energy felt different compared to JV and Youth. Also it felt good playing on the field again since COVID-19 started. My teammates and coaches also help bring good energy on the field.”

“Our team is young...but we will pick it up,” said Pedro. “It’s been a year since we’ve dealt with this grind.”

Encinal (0-1) travels to Bishop O’Dowd (0-1) tomorrow night.

Joshua Linville’s English and publication design class at Encinal High School contributed this story.