FREMONT -- The American High football team introduced its no-huddle offense with great success Saturday, as the Eagles racked up 422 yards of rushing in a 47-6 victory over Arroyo on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
"That was a decision in the offseason, to see if we could space teams out a little bit ... speed it up a little bit," said American coach Bret Casey about using the no-huddle offense. "Coming in, we had a bunch of question marks."
One of those questions was if the Eagles could play at a fast pace. After using the no-huddle offense throughout the whole game Saturday at Tak Fudenna Stadium, that question appears to be answered.
In the first quarter, however, neither team found the end zone. Near the end of the first quarter, Arroyo lost a key offensive player when Malcolm Hale suffered an injury. Arroyo coach Chad Sullivan said after the game that Hale suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Drew Lyell opened the scoring for American with a 6-yard run in the second quarter. It was the first of two touchdowns for the senior, who finished with a game-high 169 yards rushing.
Sophomore teammate Jared Luty ended a 69-yard drive with a 2-yard run to give the Eagles a 13-0 halftime lead. Luty had 97 yards rushing in the game and two touchdowns.
American's offense really got into high gear in the second half, as the Eagles scored touchdowns on all five of its possessions of the half. Arroyo's lone score occurred in the fourth quarter on a 92-yard kickoff return by Chris Harrison.
American's defense was dominant throughout, as Arroyo had minus-five yards of total offense in the game.