Football: Turnovers cost Balboa shot at comeback against Kennedy

Balboa senior running back Antoine Crecey breaks through a tackle from a Kennedy defender on Saturday at Balboa High School. (Photo by Willie Eashman)

Balboa senior running back Antoine Crecey Crecy breaks through a tackle from a Kennedy defender on Saturday at Balboa High School. (Photo by Willie Eashman)

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 quarterback Daniel Pipkins slips past the Kennedy defensive line on Saturday at Balboa High School. (Photo by Willie Eashman)

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.”

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
K: 0:43 – Atu Ohafi 33-yard pass from Justin Staley (Ohafi pass from Staley on conversion)

Second Quarter
K: 8:22 – Giovanni Mendoza 45-yard pass from Staley (kick good)

Fourth Quarter
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)

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7 Comments on "Football: Turnovers cost Balboa shot at comeback against Kennedy"

  1. Despite the turnovers, good job Bal. I still think you will make the playoffs!

  2. Please spell my nephew Antoine CRECY,Jr.’s name correctly!!!!
    Good journalism always has correct spelling! Nice try Balboa. Keep working hard

    • That was the way it is spelled on the Balboa roster and the way it was spelled on the roster last season. We won’t spell it incorrectly again, but you might want to have the Bal coaching staff to change the way his name is spelled on the roster.

      • JB, you get this quite a bit. People blame you for mistakes that aren’t your fault. Then they bad mouth your journalism skills. It would make much more sense to send you a personal email asking why the mistake was made rather than coming on here to attemp to make you look bad. However, I do like the fact that you handle every case like this professionally. Keep up the great work that you’re doing. There are those of us who do appreciate what you’re doing for our youth.

        • What San Fran Preps & JB does for our youth is VERY much appreciated and we love this website and it’s articles! We know it’s reported to the sports journalists from the school and it is incorrect in their rosters! That is his aunt with the same name and people take offense in that! It wasnt a personal attack on San Fran Preps or JB. But thanks for you input GCJ01. By the way, thank you for the quick response & correction of spelling JBALAN! We appreciate it greatly!

  3. Please correct your information- the Head Coach for JFK Kennedy High School is David Damewood- NOT Damien Mackey. Thank you for your assistance in this manner.

  4. Shout out to my boy’s AJ #28 and Jahlil #5. Ground attack all day.

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