Falcons, Cougars open with wins
by Peter Burke
Sep 06, 2012 | 3117 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jace Hardwick runs the ball during the Falcon's 31-21 win over Evergreen Valley last weekend.
Jace Hardwick runs the ball during the Falcon's 31-21 win over Evergreen Valley last weekend.
Kjell Johnson scores during the Cougar's victory. Courtesy of Paul Firenzi.
Kjell Johnson scores during the Cougar's victory. Courtesy of Paul Firenzi.

Both the Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley high school football teams opened the preseason with wins — SLV in dominating fashion and Scotts Valley with a gutsy second half surge against a strong opponent.

SLV will play at home this weekend, while Scotts Valley travels to Texas for its annual out-of-state contest.

Falcons off to Texas

Scotts Valley’s varsity team left for San Angelo, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to take on Central High School in an out-of-state matchup.

The Falcons take on the Bobcats at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in its third trip to Texas in the past five years.

This year, Scotts Valley faces a team that graduated 32 seniors from last season’s team and fell 41-40 this past weekend to open the season.

“We’re excited,” said Scotts Valley head coach Louie Walters. “It’s just another challenge for the Falcons.”

The Falcons head into the game a confident team after dispatching Evergreen Valley High School, 31-21, on Saturday, Sept. 1, in Scotts Valley.

Scotts Valley had a strong first half.

After giving up a 35-yard first-quarter touchdown run to Evergreen’s Nicholas Inneh — who finished with three touchdowns on the day — the Falcons answered with 24 consecutive points.

In the first quarter, Falcons kicker Jack Lavery nailed a 23-yard field goal. In the second, quarterback Garrett Johnston made a 1-yard touchdown plung,e and running back Ari Wargon broke free for a 48-yard scamper up the right side to give the Falcons a 17-6 lead.

Wargon led the way for the Falcons with 25 carries for 196 yards and a touchdown.

Later, with Evergreen driving, Johnston — playing free safety — intercepted a pass from quarterback Nico Juarez in the end zone and returned it 74 yards.

On the following play, Johnston handed the ball to back-up quarterback Jake Lobo, who threw a perfect strike to Johnston all alone at the 5-yard line. Johnston walked in for the touchdown, making the score 24-6 going into halftime.

“That’s a play we’ve been working on,” Johnston said. “The coaches hadn’t done that play with the quarterbacks since (Blake) Jurich (in 2009). Jake Lobo stood in there and made a great throw.”

Inneh used his blazing speed to score twice in the third quarter to cut the lead to 24-21, but the Falcons iced the game with six minutes, seven seconds on the clock when Wargon took a sweep handoff but pulled up to pass. He hit fullback Jake Rehnberg in stride for a 24-yard touchdown pass to make the score 31-21.

Bradley McClaron recovered a fumble to end any Evergreen hopes.


Cougars roll, prepare for home game

Coming off a 30-13 win over Everett Alvarez High School, San Lorenzo Valley High prepares for a home game against Edison High School of Stockton at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

Against Alvarez, the Cougars scored first when junior running back Kjell Johnson raced 11 yards for a touchdown.

SLV fumbled on its next possession at its own 9-yard line, and Alvarez’s Timothy Alvarez caught a 5-yard touchdown pass to even the score.

But from there, the Cougars were clearly in charge of the game.

Quarterback Isaac Newberry connected with Lucas Sinnott for an 80-yard touchdown pass, and Derek Poetzinger scored on a 7-yard run to make the halftime tally 20-7.

In the third, kicker Ben Knudson drilled a 24-yard field goal. Shortly after, Knudson snatched a 3-yard scoring strike from Newberry that completed SLVs scoring.

Alvarez scored on a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but SLV’s outburst stood up.

Poetzinger led the Cougars on the ground with 15 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown, while Newberry finished 8-for-12 for 206 yards passing, with two touchdowns and an interception.

SLV finished with 496 yards of total offense.

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