Drew Lyell rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown as American reached seven wins for the first time since 1991 with a Mission Valley Athletic League win over Moreau Catholic at Tak Fudenna Stadium.

Jared Luty ran for 127 yards and Nazif Popal added 108 as the Eagles (7-3, 4-2 MVAL) finished with 426 yards on the ground. Jason Hinton was a one-man wrecking crew for Moreau Catholic, running for 245 yards and three touchdowns .

Defensively, the Eagles forced five Mariners turnovers. American had three interceptions, including a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Anthony Wellington that gave the Eagles a 19-7 halftime lead.

The Mariners (5-5, 1-5) bounced back as Hinton broke off a 75-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half. Hinton then gave Moreau its first lead of the night at 21-19, breaking three tackles, before keeping his balance to go 79 yards to the end zone with 8:39 left in the third.

The rest was all Eagles as Luty scored from 32 yards out and Treyvon Jones added a 2-yard touchdown as American regained the lead at 33-21 entering the final quarter.

MVAL American 47, Moreau Catholic 21

Moreau C.          0          7          14          0--          21

American          7          12          14          14--          47

A -- Luty 1 run (Armenta kick)

MC -- Hinton 52 run (Scully kick)

A -- Popal 1 run (kick blocked)

A -- Wellington 21 interception return (kick failed)

MC -- Hinton 75 run (Scully kick)

MC -- Hinton 77 run (Scully kick)

A -- Luty 32 run (run failed)

A -- Jones 2 run (Armenta pass from Barker)

A -- Lyell 4 run (pass failed)

A -- Luty 10 run (Barker run)

Statistics

Rushing: MC -- Hinton 14-245, Ison 4-27, O'Rourke 5-(-9). Totals 23-263. A -- Lyell 31-168, Luty 18-127, Popal 13-108, Jones 4-14, Barker 4-11, Team 2-(-2). Totals 72-426. Passing: MC -- O'Rourke 4-11-3-24. A -- Barker 3-8-0-56, Team 0-1-0-0. Totals 3-9-0-56. Receiving: MC — Fiandor 2-17, Robinson 1-4, Hinton 1-3. A -- Cox 3-56. Fumbles/lost: Moreau Catholic 2/2, American 2/0.

Records: Moreau Catholic 5-5, 1-5 MVAL; American 7-3, 4-2.