By Ryan Kuhn
Trailing 8-0 heading into the fourth quarter, Balboa High School scored on two consecutive drives, each capped by long touchdown plays, to capture its first Academic Athletic Association win of the season with a 14-8 road victory over Lowell High School on Thursday.
“The season has been [really] tough for us and we talked about that, as a team, we need to trust each other because we lost that,” said senior quarterback David Lantow,
Lantow brought the Buccaneers (2-5, 1-3) even with Lowell (3-3, 2-2) at 8-8, when he threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to fellow senior Andres Arellano on fourth down with 8:44 remaining in the game.
“I knew Andres was going to catch that ball, I knew he was going to break away from that defense and I knew he was going to score,” Lantow said. “I believed in him and I trusted in him. He got the job done.”
After Balboa kicked the ball back to the Cardinals, Lowell fumbled on its second play of the ensuing drive to give possession back to the Buccaneers. The Cardinals’ power running attack gained 216 yards but surrendered three turnovers.
“It [came down to] who was going to make the most mistakes and we made more mistakes than they did,” said Lowell head coach Danny Chan. “You need discipline and focus.”
Balboa responded with another big play, when running back Antoine Crecey sprinted past the defense and down the sideline for a 57-yard score to put the Bucs up for good.
Lowell got the ball back though, and a pass interference penalty on the Buccaneers with 4:09 remaining gave Lowell new life, but the Balboa defense held strong and forced the Cardinals to turn the ball over on downs to seal the victory.
“We fought back and good things happened,” said Balboa head coach Alvaro Carvajal. “This is the team I know I have. It wasn’t pretty on offense, but the effort was there. If you give effort, [it] cures mistakes.”
L: 0:39 — Reggie Webb 1-yard run (Webb run on conversion)
B: 8:44 – Andres Arellano 56-yard pass from David Lantow (Antoine Crecey run on conversion)
B: 8:05 – Crecey 57-yard run (conversion failed)