Local Football Teams Flattened in Postseason
Both Alameda high school football teams were downed in the opening round of the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs in blowouts last Saturday, Nov. 14.
The Alameda Hornets proved to be outmatched by Tennyson of Hayward Saturday afternoon. The Hornets, the 12th seed, lost 30-0 in a pretty remarkable fashion in the first round of the NCS Div. II playoffs. The Lancers, the fifth seed, scored all 30 of their points in the second quarter.
Alameda showed life early in the contest. The Hornets stopped the Lancers on fourth down deep in their territory, which gave them a momentum boost. The Hornets followed that with a long drive of their own that entered the Lancer red zone. The Hornets were also unable to convert a fourth down giving the ball back to Tennyson.
Tennyson would not be stopped on its next four drives. The Lancer’s quarterback Christion Silva scored the first points of game on a seven-yard touchdown run. He followed that up by intercepting quarterback Devin Nash’s pass attempt and returning it 48 yards to the Alameda 11-yard line. Silva put the ball in the end zone again on an 11-yard run two plays later.
On Tennyson’s next possession Silva threw a touchdown pass to senior Jhayvee Daily for 27 yards. They converted a two-point conversion after. The final touchdown of the game was a 15-yard pass from Silva to Naima Fualaau, followed by another two-point conversion.
The Hornets could not muster up much offense in the game. They were held to just 100 yards of total offense and 12 total yards in the second half. The Lancers defensive limited Alameda to just 28 rushing yards in the game and negative-two yards rushing in the second half.
Alameda’s defense did play well in the second half. Senior Antonio Riley had an interception and the Hornets held the Lancers to 80 total yards in the second half.
Alameda ends its season with a 6-5 record.
The Encinal Hornets were defeated 61-28 to the St. Mary’s Panthers last Saturday, in the first round of the NCS Div. IV playoffs. The Jets fell into an early hole that proved to be insurmountable. The Jets surrendered six touchdowns in the first half. They managed to get a score of their own, but Encinal was down 41-8 at halftime. The Jets offense showed more life in the second half. They scored 20 points on three touchdowns, but they also gave up three touchdowns to St. Mary’s.
The Panthers were powered by their senior running back Tamarick Pierce. He rushed for 262 yards on just 18 carries. He also scored four touchdowns. Alameda allowed 435 yards of total offense.