Football: Washington holds on against Lincoln in Bell Game

Junior linebacker Jerron Williams (5) and the rest of the Washington football team celebrate with the Victory Bell trophy on Friday at Washington High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Bonta Hill

Washington High School has been hampered by fumbles and penalties all season, and lost three three more fumbles in the 67th-annual Bell Game on Friday against visiting Lincoln, but the Eagles were able to overcome those mistakes in a 28-14 win.

Led by senior running back Jamie McHenry’s 137 yards rushing, Washington (4-2. 3-0) kept the Bell for another year with a grind-it-out win to remain undefeated in the Academic Athletic Association.

Washington senior quarterback Aram Gevandian sends a throw downfield while being hit by a Lincoln defender on Friday at Washington High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

The return of senior quarterback Aram Gevandian has significantly helped the Eagles become more balanced on offense, as he threw for 103 yards and a touchdown on 6-of-8 passing, to go along with a rushing score.

“Aram makes us more [dangerous], and he is still using only one hand, but he’s done a superb job and this is a good win for our ball club,” said Washington head coach Karl Finley. “We still seem to not be able to stop fumbling the ball and we had two touchdowns called back, and I told the guys we could become a very good team if we can cut the mistakes down.”

Lincoln (2-4, 2-1), which was coming off of last week’s win over favored Galileo, hung tough with Washington throughout the first half, but trailing 7-0 with 1:33 left in the first half, things started to spiral downhill.

Lined up in punt formation, Lincoln punter Colin Luu couldn’t handle a high snap and the Eagles pounced on the loose ball at the Lincoln 38-yard line.

Two plays later, Gevandian found senior Peter Tran streaking to the back of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead heading into the half.

“We worked on a few things in this game and there were some positive things that came out of this game,” said Lincoln head coach Phil Ferrigno. “The only thing I didn’t like is that we didn’t handle adversity well. We’re getting better and it’s good to be 2-1 [in league], but I’d much rather be 3-0.”

After a 1-yard touchdown run from Lajarie Mabrey that gave the Eagles a 21-0 lead in the third quarter, the Mustangs quickly responded with a five-play 59-yard scoring drive was highlighted by a 47-yard pass from quarterback Joshua Burnoski to Davion Telfor.

But Washington would squelch any momentum Lincoln mustered by going on a 6-play, 80-yard scoring drive that saw both Mabrey and McHenry break big gains of over 20 yards. Mabrey punched in a 5-yard score to cap the drive and gave the Eagles a 28-8 lead with under a minute left in the third quarter.

Washington senior running back Jamie McHenry breaks through a tackle against Lincoln on Friday at Washington High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

“Hats off to Washington, they controlled the line of scrimmage and played a good game,” Ferrigno said. “We didn’t play defense [well] and this is a good lesson for our program. Until we play better defense, we won’t win anything. But we’ll get better.”

For Washington, Finley vowed to get the Eagles offense geared to be more balanced, and with their single-wing rushing attack giving opponents trouble already, a significant passing game could be devastating.

“We still [have] to take some time to get the chemistry down and it’s still tough with this cast on, but we’ll get there,” Gevandian said. “The team has been working hard and nobody is trying to be a hero, but rather just do their assignments.”

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
W: 10:35 — Aram Gevandian 1-yard run (Adam Badi kick good)
W: 1:07 — Peter Tran 21-yard pass from Gevandian (Badi kick good)

Third Quarter
W: 4:16 — Lajarie Mabrey 1-yard run (Badi kick good)
L: 3:08 — Giovanni Catalan 1-yard run (Damon Bannag run on conversion)

Fourth Quarter
W: 10:49 — Mabrey 5-yard run (Badi kick good)
L: 7:38 — Catalan 2-yard run (conversion failed)

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14 Comments

  1. Sag Mode says:

    So as someone who has seen all the eagles games this season it seems that only el camino and irvington played physical football with wash. Don’t get me wrong all these kids are supertalented. Numerous times the offensive line broke down for washington and for some reason the lincoln defenders just didn’t seem to want to sack/tackle gevandian. Same with the lincoln corners they wold stay back, wait for the ball to be caught and then try to just bring them down.

  2. ED says:

    Yes, it’s true that Eagles lost at Irvington, but their lost at Irvington is a one bad call on the last play from the head coach. He should have them played two more downs before field goal attemp.

    Also, the REF’s on Bell Game is favoring Lincoln,the REF’s always looked for Eagles penalty, while the REF’s didn’t do anything that late hit of #28 Eagles by #7 of Lincoln after #28 Eagles catch the ball, #36 of Lincoln holding the face mask of #64 Eagles, Again on the 2nd quarter of the 20yrds before Eagles made a touchdown, #36 of Lincoln hold the face mask of center #64 Eagles. The REF’s on this is game ruling dirty against Washington Eagles. But justice & honest game will prevail, Eagles still win the game after all these cheating judgement by the REF’s. I don’t know what these REF’s is going to get from Lincoln, but there is something fishy on this REF’s on this game.

    A BIG kudos on the Washington Eagles Football Varsity team on their athleticism and integrity.
    CONGRATULATION TO THE GW EAGLES.

    • Kezar for Keeps says:

      Those who don’t understand the game, blame the officials.

      • Mustang Fan says:

        Kezar for keeps, maybe you doesn’t understand the game. I’m a lincoln fan and ED is right I saw the official did not see the face mask and late hit.

        • Kezar for Keeps says:

          Not seeing a penalty and intentionally not calling them are two different things.

          The first commenter, by saying the refs were “ruling dirty” implies that they were intentionally trying to call more penalties on Wash.

          So, you think there’s some grand conspiracy that all four or five of the refs in the game were trying to throw the game? That is idiotic.

          I see it all of the time at high school games. When you don’t understand the rules of the game and things appear to be going against you, the officials MUST be against us.

          It’s lame, grow up.

          • Mustang Fan says:

            I was in the game the official saw it and totally ignored it.
            I ‘m just being fair for the other team.

            Well, did you watch the game?

            • jbalan says:

              I am so tired of this. For the record, Mustang fan is the same person as ED.

              I can see your email and IP addresses. Pretending to be different people to amplify your point is not going to fly.

  3. trent wells says:

    i cant wait to see how Washington is going to do against mission highs defense they have relentless linebackers and a awesome d-line with 3 consecutive shut-outs and only allowed 22 points in six games according to San Fran preps that game is going to be very interesting.

  4. bearhunter says:

    hi there the mission bears are back again..lol

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