FREMONT -- The American High football team used a stifling defense to hang on for a hard-fought 18-14 win over Arroyo on Saturday in the season-opener for both teams at Tak Fudenna Stadium.

Junior Trevon Jones had a huge game, bulling his way for 172 yards and two second half touchdowns as American bounced back from a 14-6 halftime deficit.

Jones' 2-yard touchdown run with 5:16 remaining gave the Eagles the lead for good. Then American's defense forced a three-and-out from Arroyo on the ensuing possession, and the Eagles were able to run the clock out for the victory. The Dons were held to just 95 yards for the game.

Anthony Wellington caught a 6-yard touchdown from Junior Diala on American's first possession of the season for an early 6-0 lead. The Dons then found the end zone twice in a span of 2 minutes and 21 seconds.

After a fumble, Eric Tafeamalii scored from eight yards out early in the second quarter, and Davon Dawson reached the end zone on the two-point attempt. After a short Eagles punt, Devin DeLa Torre connected with Dawson for a 27-yard touchdown on the next play to give the Dons a 14-6 lead with 9 minutes, 34 seconds left in the first half.

American had a golden opportunity to take the lead, reaching the Dons 1, but the Arroyo defense stuffed American on three straight plays to take over three minutes into the final quarter.


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American 18, Arroyo 14

Arroyo 0 14 0 0-- 14

American 6 0 6 6-- 18

Am — Wellington 6 pass from Diala (pass failed)

Arr — Tafeamalii 8 run (Dawson pass from DeLa Torre)

Arr — Dawson 27 pass from DeLa Torre (pass failed)

Am — Jones 3 run (run failed)

Am — Jones 2 run (run failed)

Rushing: Arr — Tafeamalii 6-23, Moala 9-20, Dawson 6-16, DeLa Torre 2-10, Gomez 2-(-4), Oseguera 2-(-6). Totals 27-59. Am — Jones 25-172, Luty 11-53, Brooks 1-40, Diala 17-1, Team 1-(-1). Totals 55-265. Passing: Arr — DeLa Torre 2-9-1-36, Gomez 0-1-0-0. Totals 2-10-1-36. Am — Diala 11-16-0-130. Receiving: Arr — Dawson 1-27, Finamore 1-9. Am — Reid 3-69, Wellington 3-34, Neal 2-12, Jones 2-11, Luty 1-4. Fumbles/lost: Arroyo 2/1, American 2/1. Records: American 1-0, Arroyo 0-1.