By Bonta Hill
Lowell High School’s football team did whatever it wanted, however it wanted, all game long against visiting Marshall on Friday.
Coming off a 46-13 loss at the hands of Mission last week, the Cardinals rebounded to crush the Phoenix 63-12 in Academic Athletic Association play.
The Cardinals (2-3, 1-1) scored the game’s final 39 points and Lowell senior quarterback Will Frankel completed all four of his pass attempts to senior wingback Micheal McCarthy for 191 yards and two touchdowns. The Lowell rushing game churned out another 212 yards on the ground.
“Frankel and McCarthy really work well together,” said Lowell head coach Danny Chan. “They practiced with each other all summer long working on the passing game. The old Frankel would have overthrown those balls.”
Lowell, known for its grinding running game in the double-wing offensive formation, caught Marshall off guard with their passing game.
Frankel found McCarthy four times in a pivotal second quarter, with the nearest defender at least five yards away on each. All four big passing plays either resulted in a touchdown or set up short rushing scores by Lowell running backs.
“Their safety was sitting in the box and we took advantage of it,” Chan said. “[It was a] good game for us after the Mission game. We thought Marshall would do some other things, but they didn’t play well. They weren’t as good as I thought they’d be.”
Seven different Cardinals scored touchdowns, including junior linebacker Alvin Norman, who scored on a 43-yard fumble return on the third play of the second half that gave Lowell a commanding 45-12 lead.
The lone bright spot for Marshall was once again junior running back Quintrell Anderson, who ran for 116 yards on 16 carries, including a 67-yard run for a score in the first quarter that briefly tied the game at 6-6.
That’s all the Phoenix (1-5, 0-2) had going for them on Friday, as penalties, three turnovers, and a plethora of injuries were too much for Marshall to overcome.
For Marshall head coach Nicholas Wilson, his first season to this point has been a disappointment.
After making brash comments before the season guaranteeing a AAA championship, Wilson only had a few words to say after the game.
“I wouldn’t say we were surprised. We just clearly weren’t ready for it,” Wilson said. “We’re getting what we put into it during the week, which is not very good practices.”
L: 7:21 – William Kim 2-yard run (conversion failed)
M: 4:56 – Quintrell Anderson 67-yard run (conversion failed)
L: 1:21 – Michael McCarthy 19-yard pass from Will Frankel (Kim run on conversion)
L: 7:15 – McCarthy 4-yard run (McCarthy run good)
M: 5:29 – Nate Riley 67-yard fumble recovery (conversion failed)
L: 4:27 – Lorenzo Pesino 1-yard run (Frankel run on conversion)
L: 2:19 – McCarthy 52-yard pass from Frankel (Kim run on conversion)
L: 11:10 – Alvin Norman 43-yard fumble return (McCarthy kick)
L: 6:50 – Aaron Lee 16-yard run (kick failed)
L: 3:56 – Kenny Li 6-yard run (conversion failed)
L: 2:35 – Wen Liu 37-yard run (kick failed)