The American High football team didn't do anything fancy in its 40-12 Mission Valley Athletic League win over Mission San Jose on Saturday night at Tak Fudenna Stadium.

The Eagles (5-2, 2-1 MVAL) simply pounded the ball on the ground with 363 rushing yards.

Leading the way was Eric Adair, who had 218 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns. He had touchdown runs of 9, 44 and 48 yards.

"Our run game was real important," Adair said. "It's what gets defenses tired."

This was American's fourth win in five games. Mission San Jose has now lost 44 straight MVAL games.

The Warriors (1-6, 0-4) got 183 yards passing from Tamim Sarwary, who also threw a pair of touchdowns.

After a scoreless first quarter, American struck for 21 points in the second to take control. The first score of the second quarter was a 14-yard touchdown run by Drew Lyell with 11:44 left. Lyell had 106 yards rushing on 20 carries.

The Eagles scored less than a minute later on a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown by Robert Pinkney. The third score of the second was a 9-yard run by Adair.

"In the first quarter we made a lot of mistakes," Adair said. "In the second, we cut down those mistakes."

American 40, Mission San Jose 12

Mission San Jose          0          0          0          12--          12


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American          0          21          13          6--          40

A — Lyell 14 run (Mayoral kick)

A — Pinkney 69 interception return (Mayoral kick)

A — Adair 9 run (Mayoral kick)

A — Popal 12 run (kick failed)

A — Adair 44 run (Mayoral kick)

MSJ — Gettani 37 pass from Sarwary (run failed)

MSJ — Au 45 pass from Sarwary (run failed)

A — Adair 48 run (run failed)

Rushing: MSJ — Karim 12-19, Torrez 3-3, Walleman 1-(-6), Gao 1-(-9), Sarwary 7-(-10). Totals 24-(-3). A — Adair 17-218, Lyell 20-106, Popal 4-20, Pinkney 5-17, Wellington 1-2, Barker 3-0. Totals 50-363. Passing: MSJ — Sarwary 13-25-1 183. A — Barker 3-13-0 23. Receiving: MSJ — Au 4-80, Shafi 4-32, Gao 2-25, Walleman 2-9, Gettani 1-37. Totals 13-183. A — Pinkney 1-9, Young 1-8, Adair 1-6. Totals 3-23. Fumbles/lost: MSJ — 1/0, A — 1/1. Records: American 5-2, 2-1 MVAL; Mission 1-6, 0-4.