My story from the Holiday Classic didn’t make it into a few of our early editions, I believe. I also didn’t get the box score into today’s paper. So here’s the story and the box score from last night’s game.
By Jimmy Durkin
A stout defense propelled the East Bay to a 12-9 victory over Sacramento in the Holiday Classic all-star football game at Monte Vista High on Friday night.
The East Bay allowed just 165 yards of offense to Sacramento, which had Folsom quarterback Tanner Trosin, the state record-holder for passing yards in a season.
“We did incredibly good,” Livermore’s Damariay Drew said. “Our coach was telling us all week he’s a good quarterback, he’s got a good arm. We just came out here and did our jobs.”
Drew had two third-down sacks to force Sacramento punts. He also had 51 yards receiving and a team-high 37 yards rushing.
California quarterback Kevin Farley was 15 of 26 passing for 221 yards and connected with Grizzlies teammate Armani Washington (three catches, 106 yards) for a 61-yard touchdown to put the East Bay on top 12-9 in the third quarter. The duo also clinched the victory with a 36-yard pass play to help run out the clock.
“It felt pretty sweet,” Farley said. “(Washington) had been making plays all season. I just throw it up to him, and he makes the play.”
The East Bay had the early scoring opportunities but didn’t cash in on its first as Liberty’s Kyle Rainsford missed a 29-yard field goal.
The East Bay defense held the next two times Sacramento had the ball, using three sacks to force a punt and turnover on downs. The turnover on downs came when Sacramento went for it on fourth-and-three from midfield, and Vista del Lago quarterback Aaron Young was dropped for an 11-yard loss.
Three plays later, Deer Valley running back Matt Smith burst 27 yards for a touchdown to give the East Bay a 6-0 lead.
The East Bay recovered a fumble on Sacramento’s next possession but was forced to punt. That led to Sacramento’s only points of the first half.
A 30-yard pass from Trosin to Folsom teammate J’juan Muldrow and two penalties set up Sacramento at the 12-yard line, and Trosin hit Vacaville’s Melvin Mason on a screen pass for a touchdown with 55 seconds left in the second quarter. The point-after gave Sacramento a 7-6 halftime lead.
A safety on the first offensive play of the third quarter gave Sacramento a 9-6 lead.
East Bay 12, Sacramento 9
Sacramento 0 7 2 0— 9
East Bay 0 6 6 0— 12
EB — Smith 20 run (kick failed)
Sac — Mason 12 pass from Trosin (Vue kick)
Sac — Safety, intentional grounding in end zone
EB — Washington 61 pass from Farley (kick failed)
Rushing: Sac — Mason 3-50, Wiernicki 4-16, Milan 4-11, Graves 2-10, Patalano 1-4, Young 4-(-18), Trosin 5-(-26). Totals 23-47. EB — Drew 9-37, Smith 3-32, Heard 2-7, Samuels 2-6, Martin 3-2, Farley 7-(-22). Totals 26-62. Passing: Sac — Trosin 5-12-0 78, Young 4-10-0 40, Graves 0-1-0 0. Totals 10-23-0 118. EB — Farley 15-26-0 221, Scritchfield 1-1-0 36, Heard 1-2-0 3, Drew 0-1-0 0. Totals 17-30-0 260. Receiving: McMurtrey 3-34, Jones 3-22, Muldrow 1-30, Patalano 1-23, Mason 1-12, Wagner 1-(-3). EB — Scritchfield 4-29, Washington 3-106, Drew 3-51, Barnes 3-50, Johnson 2-10, Miller 1-12. Fumbles/lost: Sacramento 1/1, East Bay 3/0.