The senior fullback pounded the ball up the middle time and again, negating Berkeley's speed and helping the Falcons (1-1) to a 30-7 victory over the Yellow Jackets (0-2) on Friday night.
"I didn't know we were going to pound them that many times," said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Andrews, who muscled his way to 157 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. "I wasn't really tired -- the pain hits you and disappears in a second. You just have to keep going."
First-year Foothill coach John Mannion praised Andrews effusively after the game, but he might want to forget some of the gory details of his first win as a head coach.
Things couldn't have started much worse for the Falcons, who had a 55-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Kruger to Andrews nullified by a penalty on the first play from scrimmage. Foothill committed turnovers on each of its first three possessions, and Berkeley took a 7-0 lead on Eyonte Teague's 18-yard run eight minutes in.
The Falcons didn't even gain a first down until the final play of the first quarter.
"In the first half we made a couple of mistakes," Mannion said. "We've got to play cleaner, obviously, but I'm very proud of this team."
Berkeley, which used its speed to contain Foothill's offense in the first quarter, was all but powerless against the bruising Andrews.
The first drive of the second quarter saw Andrews run seven times for 47 yards before fumbling at the Berkeley 12 -- Foothill's fourth turnover. But the Falcons stuck with their senior, who ran for touchdowns of 1, 8 and 15 yards as part of their 30 unanswered points.
The Yellow Jackets didn't do themselves any favors, either. Twice they snapped balls over their punter's head, and they committed far too many penalties for coach Alonzo Carter's liking.
"We're killing ourselves," said Carter, in his first year at Berkeley after a successful stint at McClymonds. "We're very undisciplined, and that's on me. We're trying to undo a lot of bad habits. It's going to take a while."
Foothill's defense deserves a bit of the credit, though. The Falcons limited the Yellow Jackets to 75 rushing yards and 64 passing yards and forced a span of six straight incompletions. Ryan Walsworth had a pair of interceptions for Foothill.
Falcons senior Austin Day ran for 78 yards, most of them coming in the second half as the Berkeley defense tired under the weight of Andrews.
"For three years, he's been the heart and soul of this offense," Mannion said of Andrews. "He gives great effort on every play. We're lucky to have him."
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