Lowell High School launched itself into third place, behind Mission, Washington and Lincoln in the Academic Athletic Association after rushing for 313 yards and straight through Galileo High School.
The Cardinals (3-2, 2-1) scored 24 points in the second half at the School of the Arts on Thursday to pull away from the Lions and win their second league game in a row, 38-20.
Lowell proved that you could win without throwing the ball as they attempted only five passes the entire game and used five different running backs to feature their running attack.
“It’s actually more of attitude,” said Lowell coach Danny Chan, talking about his team’s power running game. “It’s about ball control and our offensive line really wears them down. That’s how we have been playing for the last decade here at Lowell.”
Capitalizing on a fumble by Galileo quarterback Kyle Nelson three minutes into the second quarter, the Cardinals struck first on a 5-yard touchdown run by Michael McCarthy.
Galileo running back Ronzel Fox, who leads his team with 435 yards of total offense, answered the call for the Lions as he caught a pair of 60-yard touchdown passes and ran 80 yards to the endzone to keep his team in the game.
“With this team and this group of guys, I can score from anywhere on the field,” Fox said. “I will do anything, too, for my team, and if I have to be that guy who scores, I will be that guy.”
In the second half, Lowell’s offense took control of not only the scoreboard, but the clock as well.
Senior running back Reginald Webb, who led the Cardinals with 150 yards and two touchdown runs, said he credits the offensive line for his team’s success on the field.
“The offensive line blocks well and they work really hard. I have to give it all to those guys,” Webb said. “This game proved that we can do it. We can beat the good teams out here.”
Mistakes also pushed Galileo further back against the wall late in the third quarter when Delfonse Lewis dropped a punt return on the 2-yard line giving the Cardinals an opportunity to increase their lead to 10.
Lions coach Mark Huyhn said his team was just not tough enough.
“We couldn’t stop their run and that killed us a little bit,” Huyhn said. “In the end, our turnovers were key in changing the momentum of the game.”
Huyhn will prepare his team for the their next game as they look to get back on the winning track when they face Mission High School on Thursday at Kezar Stadium.
Lowell will face Balboa High School the same day at the School of the Arts.
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