MORAGA -- With just two returning starters, the Campolindo High football team's defense is getting a lot of on-the-job training this season.

The Cougars learned a valuable lesson on Friday night in a 28-14 nonleague victory over Washington.

Campolindo was ready for Washington's passing attack -- and they crushed it. After two first-half interceptions by Nick Fadelli and another from Tiger Garcia, Washington attempted only four more passes in the game.

What the Cougars weren't ready for, coach Kevin Macy said, was for Washington to come out in the second half and play power football, muscling up and pushing the Cougars down the field. Even though the Cougars led 21-7 on the strength of Andrew Zolintakis' three first-half touchdown passes, the Huskies were threatening to seize the momentum as they drove steadily downfield.

"They had a bigger, more physical team, and we feared they'd want to go in that direction," Macy said. "Sure enough, they came out and were just going to play us physical. We had to switch personnel. When it became a pounding game, we were on the fly, shifting kids and redefining their roles on defense."

Starting from their own 28-yard line, Washington pounded ahead with Nate Woudstra (119 yards, two touchdowns) and Mark Colbert. A 4-yard gain by Woudstra on fourth-and-4 gave the Huskies first-and-goal at the 8 before the Cougars showed they were learning on the fly.

Woudstra swept toward the left corner but was knocked out of bounds by Fadelli at the 2. He picked up two yards after an illegal procedure penalty, then on third down, Tylan Vinson hit Emory Simmons with a pass at the 1-yard line. Campolindo defensive back Daniel Samaniego hit him harder, dropping him at the 1.


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Then on fourth down, Woudstra's dive at the middle was stuffed by defensive tackle Michael Samaniego, with Tyler Petite coming around to drag him down from the back and prevent the touchdown.

"For us, we know we're going to labor as the year goes along," Macy said. "We don't have the horses. We're just that kind of team."

Zolintakis was playing with a stress fracture in his throwing arm but didn't seem bothered by it during the chilly, damp evening. His first pass was intercepted, but he went on to complete 11 of 15 for 188 yards. He opened the scoring with a 10-yard scoring strike to Justin Dunn, then Petite snagged scoring passes of 12 and 45 yards in the second quarter.

The Cougars then sealed the game with a 99-yard scoring drive, capped by Isaac Christian's 6-yard touchdown run.

Campolindo 28, Washington 14

Washington 7 0 0 7-- 14

Campolindo 7 14 0 7-- 28

C -- Dunn 10 pass from Zolintakis (Blair kick)

W -- Woudstra 4 run (Reist kick)

C -- Petite 12 pass from Zolintakis (Blair kick)

C -- Petite 45 pass from Zolintakis (Blair kick)

C -- Christian 6 run (Blair kick)

W -- Woudstra 6 run (Reist kick)

Rushing: W -- Wouldstra 26-119, Colbert 7-33, Vinson 5-4. Totals 38-156. C -- Fadelli 13-82, Christian 7-34, Remotto 7-34, McNally 6-32, Zolintakis 1-(-7). Totals 34-175. Passing: W -- Vinson 4-10-3-36; Montoya 0-1-0-0. Totals 4-11-3-36. C -- Zolintakis 11-15-1-188. Receiving: W -- Hodnett 1-12, Jones 1-11, Strickland 1-9, Simmons 1-4. C -- Petite 4-95, Dunn 3-62, Christian 2-24, Rei 1-5, Rosenbaum 1-3. Fumbles/lost: Washington -- 1/0, Campolindo 0/0. Records: Campolindo 3-0, Washington 0-2.