By Lamonte Dewindt
Fourth-quarter turnovers ruined any chance of a comeback for Balboa High School’s football team in its home opener on Saturday, as the Buccaneers fell 27-6 to visiting Kennedy of Fremont.
The Bucs (0-1) trailed 15-0 for the most of the second half, until senior running back Antoine
Crecey Crecy scored from 7 yards out on a fourth-down play with 7:29 remaining in the game.
Balboa failed to convert the ensuing two-point conversion before the defense rallied to force a three-and-out on the next Kennedy (1-1) possession.
The Bucs then drove deep into Kennedy territory on the next drive behind the legs of
Crecey Crecy, who carried the load offensively, but the drive ended abruptly when backup quarterback Ozvaldo Oroscco threw an interception that was returned 70 yards for a touchdown. Crecey Crecy finished the game with 144 yards on 23 carries and was the only Balboa offensive player to have a significant positive impact.
Balboa starting quarterback Daniel Pipkins finished the game with 16 yards on 7-of-11 passing, but didn’t complete a pass of over 10 yards.
Pipkins was replaced by Oroscco at the half because of a foot injury, and Oroscco finished with 44 yards and three interceptions on 5-of-9 passing.
The Balboa defense allowed Kennedy to gain 215 total yards (only 36 rushing yards), but could not overcome the turnovers.
“We kept working with it, [and] they were bigger than us and stronger, and I think part of that inside stuff was hard for us today,” said Kennedy head coach Damian Mackey.
The Balboa secondary was consistently beat deep, however, as Kennedy had five receptions of 20 yards or more. Three went to Atu Ohafi, who finished the game with 114 receiving yards.
“We just didn’t play good football today,” Carvajal said. “We need a good week of practice and we’ll be back at it. It just wasn’t a good day today.”
K: 0:43 – Atu Ohafi 33-yard pass from Justin Staley (Ohafi pass from Staley on conversion)
K: 8:22 – Giovanni Mendoza 45-yard pass from Staley (kick good)
B: 7:29 – Antoine
Crecey Crecy 7-yard run (conversion failed)
K: 1:36 – Pistis Anavillet 70-yard interception return (kick failed)
K: 0:26 – Brandon McCuin 20-yard interception return (kick failed)