Thursday, January 27, 2022

High School Football: California, 16th, Hammer No. 15 James Logan

Union City – Even though the California high school football team took a 21-7 lead against host James Logan on Friday night, the Colts had gathered some momentum in the last 90 seconds by scoring a touchdown and then catching an interception.

But California, ranked 16th in the Bay Area News Group’s season-opening rankings, scored 70 yards for a touchdown on his opening drive of the second half, and 54 to No. 15 James Logan in a 49–7 victory in the second half. Limited to total yards. .

“It was a good first drive,” said California coach Danny Calcagno. “Set the tone for the second half, and our defense played a lights-out.”

California quarterback Teddy Burruss was 3 for 26 for 26 yards passing in the drive, four straight Cal runs for 41 total yards before helping the Grizzlies to Logan field to end the drive. Trevor Rund reached the end zone on a 10-yard run in which he dove to put the ball over the goal-line.

“We wanted to close the game,” said Buras, who completed 15 of his 23 passing attempts for 169 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. “We kept it very vanilla. We just did.”

Both defenses were quick in the opening round, but California led the way with a 5:45 in the first quarter, driven by an 11-yard run by Devan Love, in which he dragged a defender into the final four yards. Buras and Jake Calcagno connected on a 23-yard touchdown pass, with 9:13 left in the first half for a two-touchdown Cal advantage, and this was extended by Buras to three touchdowns on a 1-yard keeper.

But Logan got a late half-life.

With 1:23, 6-foot-5 senior quarterback Marcus Sanders found 6-3 junior receiver Jonathan Watts in the left corner of the end zone, and Watts made an impressive jump for a 22-yard TD. On Cal’s next drive, Logan’s Nino Gama intercepted an interception. Then another superb catch by Watts, this time between two defenders for 39 yards, put the ball on Cal 20, with a game left before a Sanders incomplete finish. Watts took two catches for 61 yards.

But California dominated in the second half. After its opening touchdown, Eliza Cernak caught an interception and returned the ball to Logan 42 from 18 yards. After nine plays, Trevor Rund ran the ball to 1. The touchdown was established by a play-action from a 23-yard pass. From Bura to Macrae Madruga.

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