Jets Bomb Hornets in Island Bowl
The 62nd annual Island Bowl between crosstown rival high school football teams lacked the dramatics of some of the historic game’s predecessors. The Encinal High School (EHS) Jets controlled the contest throughout, winning 41-0 last Friday at Stargell Field.
Encinal senior running back Brandon Duckett was the catalyst for the Jets’ offense. Duckett has been impressive all year, leading the team in rushing; and he continued his productive season by scoring first three touchdowns of the game for EHS. His first touchdown came midway through the opening quarter. Duckett stormed up the gut of the defense for a five-yard touchdown run. The touchdown capped a 10-play, 65-yard scoring drive.
Duckett’s second score came early in the second quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 48-yard pass-and-catch from quarterback Theori Oliver to receiver Derrick Purvis. Duckett finished the six-play 81-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run on the next play.
Duckett’s final touchdown came at the opening of the third quarter. He rushed from five yards out.
Duckett finished the contest with 17 carries for 158 yards — a 9.29-yards-per-carry average — and three touchdowns, to go along with two receptions for 38 yards.
Duckett wasn’t the only player to have a big game for the Jets. After Oliver hit receiver Akil Francisco for a 15-yard pass that set the ball on the Alameda High School Hornets’ 19-yard line. Oliver ran a quarterback keeper into the end zone for a 19-yard score. Encinal went up 27-0. On Encinal’s next possession, Oliver hit Purvis for a four-yard score midway through the final period. Encinal added another touchdown late to produce the final score 41-0.
Alameda was outmatched from the outset. The closest the Hornets came to scoring was late in the third quarter when Alameda drove the ball deep into Jets territory. However, Alameda backup quarterback Ryan Ashbaker was picked off by Jakari Wilson inside the Encinal 15-yard line.
The Hornets’ one highlight of the game came late in the second quarter. EHS was driving deep into Alameda territory to set up a score before halftime. Oliver attempted to hit Francisco on a deep pass down the left sideline, however, the pass was overthrown and intercepted by Hornet defensive back Kenden Robinson Jr. Robinson ran the ball back to the 22-yard line. The 41-0 score was Encinal’s second-straight shutout where they scored more than 40 points. The Jets beat Arroyo of San Lorenzo 48-0 on Oct. 21. The Jets improved to 7-2 on the season and 3-1 in the West Alameda County Conference Shoreline League.
EHS is tied atop the league with Hayward (5-4, 3-1), but Hayward holds the tiebreaker because they beat Encinal 12-6 earlier this year. The Jets will need to win their final game and Hayward to lose its final game for Encinal to take the league regular season title. EHS will close its regular season against San Lorenzo today at Stargell Field on Senior Day.
Alameda moves to 2-7 on the season and 2-2 in the Shoreline League. They are out of contention for the league title. However, they can play spoiler to Hayward who they will take on today at Thompson Field on Senior Day.
But that would also mean helping their crosstown rival Encinal win the league title.