Free ball: Windward's No. 34 Austin Webster defends a pass against L.A. Jordan's Vincent McGruder (28) while Bulldogs Jordan Hicks (3) looks on. Jordan has lost two in a row and will play at Hawkins on Sept. 20.
The new Sentinel No. 2 ranked San Pedro Pirates improved their record to 3-0 with an impressive 17-6 victory over University last week.
Uni gave the Pirates all they could handle, but SP’s running back Chris Alvidrez scored two first half touchdowns that proved to me more than enough.
The Pirates ground and pound offense set the stage for what ultimately was going to be a long night for the Wildcats defense.
Any team facing San Pedro will need to stay discipline and hope their talent level matches-up. University had its share of opportunities, which created a hard-nosed defense that created fumbles but Wildcats were not able to capitalize. That coupled with their own turnovers, prevented quarterback Dominick Heads from sustaining any scoring drives.
University will learn a lot from the tough loss, as they continue their quest for Division II title.
San Pedro will have a bye on Friday. University (1-1) will travel to Locke Saints (2-1)
Windward 23- LA Jordan 12
Windward’s Drew Bryant put his stamp on 23-12 victory with 271 all purpose yards, 3 touchdowns, with an electrifying 68 yard punt return against the Jordan Bulldogs last Friday.
Playing defensive back, Bryant was able knock down few key passes and also help his team with 7 solo tackles from cornerback spot. Safety Austin Webster led Windward with 10 tackles on day was all over the field.
Jordan could not overcome its sloppy play, fumble-riddled drive that stopped sure scoring drives, from the 15 yard line and second from 4 yard line on first and goal. Those two missed scores and a bad snap that resulted in a two-point safety caused a 14-point swing. Right after the safety Bryant raced for a 68-yard touchdown.
Jordan’s D’Anthony Bradford showed his hands off by hauling in 5-yard touchdown with only 19 seconds. However, the third quarter was when Windward exploded with 16 points and put game out reach. The Bulldogs kept fighting till the end and added a late quarterback keeper for 8 yard score in the 4th quarter that was last of the day.
Next week Windward (3-0) vs. Campbell Hall (0-2), LA Jordan (1-1) vs. Hawkins (0-2) next Friday
Pirate eyes: San Pedro Pirate defenders Jaylynn Hawkins (24), Mario Roberson (73) and Chris Garcia (24) converge on University ball carrier in the Pirates gutsy 17-6 victory over University last Friday at San Pedro High.
Ready set: University quarterback Damonick Head (1) lines up under center snap during the Wildcats game against San Pedro in black last week. University will travel to Locke High on Friday, Sept.20.