By Lamonte Dewindt
With a chance to make next week’s game against Galileo essentially a play-in game for the Academic Athletic Association’s final playoff spot, Balboa head coach Alvaro Carvajal knew his team needed a win against Marshall on Saturday.
What Carvajal didn’t expect was for his team to deliver in such a commanding fashion, as the Bucs routed visiting Marshall 77-30 in their final home game of the season.
Balboa (2-6, 2-3) racked up 482 yards of total offense, with 373 coming on the ground, led by senior running back Antoine Crecy, who had 106 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries.
Crecy’s partner in the backfield, senior running back Daniel Pipkins, added 120 yards and two scores on just six carries.
Balboa (2-6, 2-3) struck early and often against a depleted Marshall (1-9, 0-6) defense, grabbed a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and never relinquished it.
Outside of the big offensive games from wide receiver Drakari Donaldson and quarterback Joey Sagiao, the Phoenix struggled as a whole. Donaldson finished with eight receptions for 367 yards and Sagiao had 420 yards on 16-of-36 passing.
But Marshall was continuously hampered by miscues and breakdowns on both sides of the ball, and finished with 13 penalties.
During one instance the Phoenix even received a penalty during a timeout, when head coach Nicholas Wilson was flagged for talking into his headset while in the huddle with his players. It was the second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of the game for Wilson and he was ejected from the game in the second quarter.
“I’ve never taken it off in the huddle before,” Wilson said. “I didn’t know it was against the rules. No [referee] had ever said anything.”
Wilson was first flagged for being outside the coaches’ box and the ejection is Wilson’s second of the year.
While the season is over for Marshall, which has a bye in the final week, Balboa will prepare for its most important game of the year.
“We have to have our best week of practice,” Carvajal said of the buildup to the Galileo game. “We have to come to play on [defense]. Our skill position players on defense have to play better.”
B: 1:25 – Antoine Crecy 3-yard run (Kendrick Martin kick)
B: 8:47 – Prince Taouma 43-yard run (Martin kick)
B: 4:41 – Crecy 19-yard run (Martin kick)
B: 0:57 – Crecy 9-yard run (Martin kick)
M: 0:43 – Drakari Donaldson 65-yard pass from Joey Sagiao (Selassie Johnson run on conversion)
B: 0:15 – Crecy 18-yard run (kick failed)
B: 11:21 – Daniel Pipkins 24-yard run (Eli Smoot run on conversion)
M: 8:31 – Johnson 1-yard run (Johnson run on conversion)
B: 7:36 – Pipkins 43-yard run (Eli Smoot pass on conversion)
B: 4:30 – Jeremiah Iuli 65-yard fumble return (conversion failed)
M: 4:11 – Donaldson 75-yard pass from Sagiao. (conversion failed)
B: 2:31 – Taouma 10-yard pass from Smoot (Crecy run on conversion)
B: 0:37 – Will Barnett 16-yard run (conversion failed)
M: 0:00 – Donaldson 62-yard pass from Sagiao (Sagiao run on conversion)
B: 10:51 – Barnett 70-yard run (Kiet Nguyen run on conversion)