The Newark Memorial High football team made two key defensive stands in the final two minutes to remain in the hunt for the Mission Valley Athletic League title with a 10-6 win over American at Tak Fudenna Stadium.

American took over at its own 25 with 3 minutes, 52 seconds remaining and drove to the Newark 16, but three straight incomplete passes by Ryan Barker gave the ball back to the Cougars with 59 seconds left.

The Eagles got one final opportunity after a Newark punt, taking over on the Cougars 47 with 6.5 seconds left. A deep pass by Barker fell incomplete as time expired, giving the Cougars (5-3, 3-1 MVAL) their third straight victory.

Newark jumped out to a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter when Franco Napal scored from eight yards out. Napal led the Cougars with 125 yards on the ground on 35 attempts.

Bryon Jones then kicked a 37-yard field goal as the Cougars took a 10-0 halftime lead.

The Eagles (5-3, 2-2) got their offense in gear with when Drew Lyell found the end zone on a 5-yard run. Lyell led the Eagles with 15 carries for 51 yards.

Irvington 30, Moreau Catholic 14: Vikings senior Jack Shank rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Irvington (5-3, 4-1 MVAL) to a victory over host Moreau Catholic.

Shank rushed for 120 yards and passed for 119 yards in the victory.


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The Mariners (4-4, 0-4) began their homecoming night with a strong defensive effort in the first quarter, holding the Vikings offense scoreless until a 50-yard punt return by senior Jared Lozoya set up his 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Moreau Catholic struck right back when quarterback Lucas O'Rourke connected with Richard Hampton in the back of the end zone to come within one point of Irvington at 8-7. The Vikings took a 16-7 lead into halftime when Shank scored untouched on an 80-yard quarterback keeper.

Shank repeated the feat on the Vikings' first possession of the second half, scoring on a 31-yard run for a 24-7 Irvington lead. The Mariners tried to pass their way back into contention but a series of dropped passes and a Lozoya interception of an O'Rourke pass dashed all momentum for the Mariners.

-- Allen Gordon, correspondent