By Connor Bevan
After another promising start, the 0-3 Hornets struggled through the second half en route to a 31-20 defeat at the hands of American High School on Sept. 12.
After a touchdown and a two-point conversion on its opening drive, Alameda forced a turnover. Halfback John Campos plunged in for a five-yard touchdown to give the Hornets a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter.
Two big plays – a 51-yard touchdown run by Elijah Brooks and a 55-yard Anthony Wellington reception – brought American High to a tie at 14.
After an Omar Badr touchdown in the second, Alameda’s offense stagnated. Campos limped off the field, quarterback Derrick Dizon fumbled snaps, and flags on the offense littered the field. Banged-up sophomore quarterback Devin Nash began rotating snaps with Dizon, mostly seeing time on passing downs.
American built on a 23-20 halftime lead with a Junior Diala touchdown on the second half’s opening drive.
Defense dominated the second half, as neither team could muster any offense. Penalties halted drives for both teams, as both offenses lost organization.
After an American safety, Nash took over the offense to attempt to overcome an 11-point deficit with three and a half minutes left in the game. Pressure forced a rushed throw, leading to an interception on the first play from scrimmage.
The Eagles ran out the clock to lock up their second win of the season. They will travel to San Lorenzo High next week to face the 0-3 Rebels.