By Bonta Hill
Despite limiting visiting Tennyson High School of Hayward to 254 total yards and rallying to tie the game midway through the third quarter, Lowell allowed two unanswered fourth-quarter touchdowns and fell 29-14 in non-league play on Friday.
The Lowell (0-2) comeback began just before the half, when Tennyson (2-0) muffed a punt on the its own 15-yard line.
Despite struggling to generate any offense against the Lancers for most of the first half, the Cardinals capitalized on Tennyson’s miscue. Five plays later, Lowell senior quarterback Will Frankel punched in the Cardinals first score on a 4-yard run to cut the lead to 14-6.
That momentum carried over after halftime, when Lowell opened the second half with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that was capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run by William Kim.
“That muffed punt changed the complexion of the ballgame,” said Tennyson head coach Terry Smith. “But our guys stepped up, cleaned up the little things and finished well.”
Tennyson regrouped, however, and put the game away in the fourth quarter.
On the first play of the final frame, Tennyson running back Joshua Handy broke off a 50-yard run through the right side of the Lowell defense for the go-ahead touchdown.
Later in the final quarter, Tennyson quarterback Gilberto Magallanes connected with wide receiver Datron Smith for a 33-yard score, the second touchdown connection between the two.
“We expect to make big plays because we did it all summer,” Smith said. “Our offensive line is good and we’ve got some guys who can run with the ball.”
The Cardinals, running their trademark hybrid single- and double-wing offense generated only 151 yards of total offense, with all but 8 yards coming on the ground.
With just under six minutes left, Lowell refused to open up the passing game and the strategy ran most of the clock out, ending any chance for a second comeback.
“Yes, there was a sense of urgency, but our quarterback [was] banged up and we should have probably went for it,” said Lowell head coach Danny Chan. “We’re dinged up [in different areas and] that doesn’t allow us to do some of the things we want. We have to get healthy, but you have to give credit to Tennyson. They stayed composed when we had the momentum and seized the moment.”
H: 1:33 – Quinzell Moore 5-yard touchdown run (Gilberto Magallanes kick)
H: 5:38 – Datron Smith 23-yard pass from Magallanes (Magallanes kick)
L: 0:33 – Will Frankel 4-yard run (conversion failed)
L: 6:56 – William Kim six-yard run (Kim run on conversion)
H: 11:51 – Joshua Handy 50-yard run (Magallanes kick)
H: 5:56 – Smith 33-yard pass from Magallanes (Handy run on conversion)