By Ryan Kuhn
Lowell High School launched itself into sole possession of fourth place in the Academic Athletic Association after running for 313 yards and straight through Galileo Academy.
The Cardinals scored 24 points in the second half to pull away from the Lions in a 38-20 win on Thursday at School of the Arts.
Lowell (3-2, 2-1) pounded the football on the ground and attempted only five passes, using five different running backs.
“It’s actually more of attitude,” said Lowell head coach Danny Chan, speaking of his team’s power double-wing offense. “It’s about ball control and our offensive line really wears them down. That’s how we have been playing for the last decade here at Lowell.”
Capitalizing on a fumble by Galileo sophomore quarterback Kyle Nelson three minutes into the second quarter, the Cardinals struck first on a 5-yard touchdown run by Michael McCarthy.
Galileo sophomore running back Ronzel Fox answered the call for the Lions (3-3, 1-2), as he caught a pair of 60-yard touchdown passes and ran for an 80-yard score to keep his team in the game.
“With this team and this group of guys, I can score from anywhere on the field,” Fox said. “I will do anything, too, for my team, and if I have to be that guy who scores, I will be that guy.”
Lowell senior running back Reggie Webb led the way with 150 yards and two touchdown runs, and the Cardinals not only extended their lead, but also ate up clock in the second half.
“The offensive line blocks well and they work really hard. I have to give it all to those guys,” Webb said. “This game proved that we can do it. We can beat the good teams out here.”
More mistakes continued to hold the Lions back, when Delfonse Lewis muffed a punt return on his own 2-yard line late in the third quarter, allowing the Cardinals to open up a 10-point lead.
“We couldn’t stop their run and that killed us a little bit,” Huyhn said. “In the end, our turnovers were key in changing the momentum of the game.”