Football: Lowell offense stalls in shutout loss to Redwood

Redwood running back Jeff Calzaretta tries to break through Lowell defenders Kensie Lee (right) and Toby Kuang (right) on Friday at Lowell High School. (Photo Jessica Luthi)

By Josh Levine

Redwood running back Jeff Calzaretta had 233 total yards from scrimmage in the visiting Giants’ 18-0 victory over Lowell on Friday at Lowell High School.

The Giants (2-1) amassed 416 total yards, 294 of which came from their hard and physical running game.

“We came out today and hit them hard,” said Calzaretta, who had 137 yards rushing. “Our goal was to let them bring us down, not for us to fall down.”

The Cardinals (0-2) managed to get in the red zone twice, but could not get on the scoreboard. The Cardinals gained 146 yards on the ground, but were unable to complete a pass and had one interception.

Lowell's Calvin Ma (right) runs behind blockers on Friday at Lowell High School. (Photo by Jessica Luthi)

Even with the offensive struggles, the Cardinals only trailed 6-0 at the half.

“This game is a learning experience for us,” said Lowell head coach Danny Chan. “We came out and played our hardest and we were right there in the first half.”

The Cardinals also struggled wrapping up the Giants’ strong runners.

“Our guys were not prepared for the type of running they do,” Chan said. “Our tackling was not where it needed to be and we will work on that.”

Redwood head coach Jon Hirschwas was happy with the victory, but not quite as satisfied with the performance.

“I felt that we were better than 6-0 at halftime,” said Hirsch. “I told the offense at halftime to step it up, and they did.”

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
R: 7:25 — Jeff Calzaretta 71-yard pass from Zach Dubin (Cody Baldwin kick missed)

Third Quarter
R: 2:58 — Calzaretta 1-yard run (Conversion failed)
R: 0:35 — Calzaretta 67-yard run (Conversion failed)

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