By Ernest Stone
Washington High School’s three-pronged rushing attack of Jeremy Jetton, Lajarie Mabrey and Galen Hall combined for 278 yards and 6 touchdowns en route to a 41-20 victory over Academic Athletic Association rival Lowell on Friday night at Kezar stadium.
“We have many talented running backs and each of them is equally hungry to get the ball,” said Washington head coach Karl Finley. “It makes it tough to choose sometimes, but it’s a good problem to have.”
Washington (4-1, 2-0) began the game on fire, returning the opening kickoff to the Lowell 30 yard-line and scored just five plays later on a 2-yard touchdown run from Jetton.
Although the touchdown was all that separated the two teams after one quarter, it was less than a minute into the second quarter that Hall found his way into the end zone to put Washington up 14-0.
On the ensuing drive, Lowell senior Kensie Lee’s 4-yard scamper with 7:11 remaining in the half capped a 65-yard drive and ended the Cardinals’ (0-4, 0-2) nearly three-week scoreless drought.
However, as was the case for the entire game, Washington responded promptly when Mabrey powered his way in from 4 yards out to give the Eagles a 21-6 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the half.
“Our guys became so content after a score, that they completely lost focus,” said Lowell head coach Danny Chan. “It has been a problem this season, and it was clearly a key problem tonight.”
Such was the case in the third quarter, when a perfectly executed ball fake froze the Eagle defense and allowed Lowell fullback O.J. Silvester to run untouched for a 50 yard touchdown and bring the score to 21-12 to begin the half.
Soon after, Washington’s rushing attack, which had pounded out yards between the tackles in the first half, turned explosive.
A 27-yard touchdown run from Mabrey was followed by a 35-yard touchdown run from Jetton, and the game quickly turned into a rout.
After a 42-yard touchdown run from Hall put the Eagles up 41-12, Lowell’s Calvin Ma countered with the game’s final score, a 48-yard touchdown run of his own.
Despite the loss, Lowell’s offensive performance is an encouraging sign moving forward.
“There are no surprises when it comes to our offense, we have run the same schemes for 20 years,” Ma said of the Cardinals’ option scheme. “But it is up to our opponents to stop it, and the way we blocked today will make that hard to do.”
Heading into next week’s game against upstart Mission, the Eagles are excited about a potential league championship, an expectation that many players are fueling themselves.
“We have the best athletes and running back corps in the league,” said Jetton. “And nobody can stop our speed.”