Football: Lowell dominates Jefferson to pick up first win in non-league finale

Lowell senior running back William Kim runs behind blockers Raymond Phelps (left) and Hiromi Fujita (right) on Friday at Jefferson High School in Daly City. (Photo by Willie Eashman)

By Jeremy Balan

DALY CITY – The patented Lowell double-wing offense sputtered in the Cardinals’ first two games, but it didn’t take long long to realize it was firing on all cylinders on the road against Jefferson on Friday night.

The Cardinals possessed the ball for nearly 36 minutes of game time, ran for 332 yards and rolled to a 42-0 win over the Indians in their non-league finale.

Three Lowell running backs ran for more than 90 yards, led by senior Lorenzo Pesino, who ran for 99 and a touchdown. Fellow seniors William Kim and Michael McCarthy ran for 95 and 92 yards, respectively, and the pair had two rushing touchdowns apiece.

The Cardinals (1-2) gained more yardage against Jefferson (1-3) than their previous two games combined and nearly all of the Lowell offense came in the first half due officials instituting a running clock early in the third quarter.

“We went back to the basics,” said Lowell head coach Danny Chan. “We had two weeks to lick our wounds and we got them to play our brand of football – punishing and repetitive football. I don’t think [Jefferson] scouted us. I think they thought, “Oh, whatever, they’re 0-2.'”

The Lowell offense ran at-will throughout, but the Cardinals also got a standout performance from their defensive unit.

Lowell held the Indians to just 55 yards of total offense, recovered six fumbles and limited Jefferson to 20 offensive plays. The Cardinals also recovered two onside kicks.

Lowell junior defensive end Asa Evans tears into the backfield on Friday night at Jefferson High School in Daly City. (Photo by Willie Eashman)

“This is the first game where we had a complete first half,” said Kim, who ran for two touchdowns and also returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown as time expired at the end of the second quarter. “We don’t want to underestimate anyone we play against. I just hope we come back next week even better.”

Kim’s fumble recovery was the biggest play for the Lowell stop unit, which came on Jefferson’s only sustained drive.

The Indians were at the Lowell 44-yard line with 2 seconds left in the second quarter when the Lowell defense flushed Jefferson quarterback Dominic Blandino out of the pocket on the first half’s final play.

Lowell junior defensive end Asa Evans chased down Blandino in the backfield and knocked the ball loose, then Kim scooped up the fumble and scampered for the score to put the Cardinals up 35-0 at the half.

The Lowell offense only got better after that.

In the second half, Jefferson ran only five offensive plays, lost three fumbles and totaled minus-6 yards of offense.

“This week in practice, we’ve had guys prematurely thinking we are something we aren’t yet,” said Jefferson head coach Joe Nelson. “Coming off a win [over Balboa last week], you would hope your players would be excited to prepare for a game against a team we can realistically play with. That was not the case in practice.”

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
L: 7:31 – Michael McCarthy 2-yard run (William Kim run on conversion)
L: 3:25 – Kim 4-yard run (conversion failed)

Second Quarter
L: 10:42 – Kim 2-yard run (McCarthy kick)
L: 8:12 – McCarthy 6-yard run (McCarthy kick)
L: 0:00 – Kim 55-yard fumble return (McCarthy kick)

Fourth Quarter
L: 11:48 – Lorenzo Pesino 2-yard run (McCarthy kick)

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11 Comments

  1. JJ says:

    I think this huge win vaults Lowell in the top 3 of the AAA power rankings, especially after this opponent beat Balboa by 1 pt. The top 3 teams has to be Lincoln, Mission, and Lowell. Apparently, I thought Galileo was top 3, but they lost to an inferior opponent, but someone mentioned their best player got injured on the 3rd play, so GAL still remains a question mark in the AAA race to T-Day.

    • GCJ 01 says:

      Do not count out Marshall. Despite their current record, they are the “dark horse” of the league. They might just take the 3 spot from Lowell. Dare I say, they could be #2 in the league. I question Lincoln being number 1, but they are definately playoff material.

      • ARHS Stats says:

        I saw both Lincoln and Mission play Riordan.

        Against Mission, Riordan scored 21 first half points and Mission was never closer than 14 points in the second half.

        Against Lincoln, Lincoln scored first, and still led (7-6) when they fumbled inside the Riordan 10 yard line (forced by the Riordan D).

        Because of this, I would say Lincoln played Riordan better than Mission played Riordan, and give the edge to Lincoln until the 2 teams play each other.

      • IC Stars says:

        Right… after beating power Gonzales (Ranked 14,613 in the nation), look out.

        • GCJ 01 says:

          Thank you for your sarcasm, but I wasn’t basing it off of that game. I wonder how long it took for you to look up Gonzales’ ranking!

          Anyway, I’m basing it off of what I know about the program. They are just getting back on their feet. I believe that a good portions of the “behind the scene” issues that have plagued the program have now been fixed; which is a good thing. They’ve proven that their offense can score. If they improve their defense, they’ll be a top contender.

          Marshall has some of the best atheletes in the AAA. Yes, that includes better than Mission, Lowell, and Lincoln. Marshall’s issue has mostly been academic related. Throw in the fact that their enrollment has decreased, it puts Marshall in a bad spot. If this wasn’t an issue, Marshall would be a powerhouse….yes, you read that right.

          In all honesty, I still put them in the 3 spot. When it’s all said and done, they will make the playoffs (provided they can maintain their grades).

  2. GCJ 01 says:

    Congrats Lowell!

  3. D says:

    when Jefferson played balboa all of the starting LB’s and RB’s for bal where out on injuries and their starting QB

  4. manifest Destiny says:

    Mike McCarthy has a lot of potential. Hard nosed old school player. He is also the kicker. I hope that he will lead Lowell to a few AAA victories.
    Lincoln should be able to compete. Good coaching always helps!

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