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Foothill Falcons defeats Deer Valley Wolverines, plays Cal on Friday in the NCS D-1 second round

Posted November 12, 2012 by in

The No. 7 Foothill Falcons defeated the No. 10 Deer Valley Wolverines 28-17 Friday night to kick off the first round of the NCS Prep Football Playoffs.

It took both sides of the ball for the Falcons to get the 11-point victory. Sophomore QB Kyle Kearns, who was coming off a five-interception game in a loss against Amador Valley, managed the game well as he finished with 141 yards on 9-17 passing and one touchdown. The most important stat, however, was that he threw no interceptions. The most important stat for the whole team, in fact, was that they did not commit any turnovers. Instead, their defense was the one that forced the turnovers in the form of two interceptions and one fumble. None was more important than the pick that took place with about three minutes to go in the game. Following a crucial 4th and 1 stop by Deer Valley, the Wolverines took over at their own 34-yard line and looked to take their first lead since the middle of the 3rd quarter. QB Simba Webster looked for the intended WR Frank Sturgis down the sideline, but Foothill DB Isaiah Langley timed the pick perfectly, snatched the ball away, and returned the ball to the Wolverines’ 26-yard line with only about two minutes remaining.

Deer Valley had the opportunity to steal this game from the Falcons. Despite turning the ball over three times, they were down only 21-17 in the 4th quarter. Their defense struggled, however, as they were unable to stop the Falcons. Senior RB Griffith Gates ran the ball for 143 yards and scored two touchdowns for Foothill. RB Jamirr Holland also scored on a 9-yard run in the 1st quarter for the game’s first touchdown. The bigger problem for Deer Valley was the inability to stop the Falcons on fourth down. The Wolverines allowed Foothill to convert on four fourth down plays, all of which were on drives that resulted in 21 points for the Falcons. The most notable was the 4th and 4 conversion from the DV 20-yard line. Kyle Kearns would connect with #88 Jack Finney who grinded his way to the end zone to seemingly seal the game and win with about a minute left in the 4th quarter.

Simba Webster would finish the game with 241 yards passing, as well as one rushing and one passing touchdown – a quick slant that resulted in a 50-yard score by his brother Nzuzi in the 3rd quarter.

As the victors, Foothill will advance to the quarterfinals on November 16 to face No. 2 California, who had a bye this week.


1st Quarter

F – 9-yard run by Jamirr Holland; Quero PAT good (7-0)

2nd Quarter

DV – 1-yard run by Simba Webster; Quintanilla PAT good (7-7)

F – 9-yard run by Griffith Gates; Quero PAT good (14-7)

DV – 22-yard FG by Quintanilla (14-10)

3rd Quarter

DV – 50-yard pass from Simba Webster to Nzuzi Webster; Quintanilla PAT good (14-17)

4th Quarter

F – 1-yard run by Griffith Gates; Quero PAT good (21-17)

F – 20-yard pass from Kearns to Finney; Quero PAT good (28-17)

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