By Josh Levine
Led by senior running back Greg Warren, Balboa High School dominated visiting Marshall in a decisive 55-8 victory on Saturday.
Warren, who had 200 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries, led the Buccaneers (1-4, 1-0) in a relentless and punishing offensive onslaught that the Phoenix (0-4, 0-1) simply could not keep up with.
“A lot of it was jitters,” said Marshall head coach Kamon Pierce. “I’m not surprised by our play. We drop balls in practice, we drop them in games. I’m at a loss for words.”
The Bucs scored eight touchdowns total and racked up 347 total yards.
“I think today was a little bit of us making good plays and Marshall making some mistakes,” said Balboa head coach Alvaro Carvajal. “It felt good to get this win today.”
Both teams came in winless, but Marshall gained an additional nine players because of improved grades. Still Pierce sees areas for improvement.
“Our first full practice was after our first game of the season [against Richmond],” Pierce said. “The guys who we just added on for this game weren’t able to practice with us. We were dropping passes and missing tackles.”
Balboa played the entire second half without senior captain Christian Pulusian. Pulusian described his injury as a shoulder sprain that occurred on a touchdown catch in the second quarter.
“I dove and made that catch and then my shoulder started hurting,” Pulusian said.
Pulusian said he should be available for the Bucs’ matchup against Galileo next week.
B: 2:51 — Kerati Apilakvanichakit 3-yard run (Christian Pulusian kick good)
M: 1:31 — Charles Breed 47-yard pass from Marcus Blacksher (Conversion good)
B: 2:16 — Andres Arellano 11-yard pass from Apilakvanichakit (Pulusian kick missed)
B: 0:14 — Pulusian 25-yard pass from Apilakvanichakit (Conversion failed)
B: 6:42 — Abraham Musalam 21-yard pass from Apilakvanichakit (Conversion good)
B: 3:15 — Greg Warren 49-yard run (Conversion failed)
B: 0:45 — Warren 15-yard run (Conversion good)
B: 5:21 — Musalam 27-yard pass from Apilakvanichakit (Conversion good)
B: 1:10 — Warren 7-yard run (Eric Sutton kick blocked)