Jets Defense Bails Team Out in Gritty League Win

Photo by Marjory Cabutotan. Encinal receiver Marques Singleton had 4 receptions for 82 yards along with a 95-yard return touchdown.

Jets Defense Bails Team Out in Gritty League Win

By Encinal Journalism

As the Encinal Jets entered the fourth quarter down 22-18 to Berkeley High School, they turned to a player they’ve relied on numerous times this season: junior Marques Singleton.

Singleton returned a kickoff 95 yards to put the Jets up 26-22. The Jets (4-1) would go on to defeat the Yellow Jackets, 32-22, for their second league win of the season on Oct. 1 at Willie Stargell Field.

The score was Singleton’s fifth straight game with a return touchdown, a school record.

“I actually want to break the record for returns,” said Singleton, a receiver. “I just got to thank Kenneth and my blockers in front of me. They helped me score those.”

The real story of the night was Encinal’s defense as it forced nine turnovers.

“Our defense always has the mentality to get the ball back for the offense,” said safety Kenneth Lorenzo, who had four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

With the Jets protecting a slim 26-22 lead in the fourth quarter, linebacker Kam Cole recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown.

“It felt great. Everyone went crazy and seeing everyone else happy made me happy,” said Cole.

Encinal faces Kennedy (Fremont) on Oct. 8.

Alameda High

The Alameda High School football team lost to Tennyson High of Hayward, 41-7, at home on Friday, Oct. 1. The Hornets record moved to 1-4 on the season. The Hornets are idle this week.

Photos by Marjory Cabutotan. Encinal’s defense forced eight interceptions and one fumble in the league contest.