Dilon Butcher was clutch on offense and defense for the Washington High football team Friday as he ran for 74 of his 77 yards in the second half and had a huge interception as the Huskies knocked off host Newark Memorial 14-7 in a Mission Valley Athletic League game.

The defense of the Huskies held a Cougars team that was averaging 31 points and over 347 yards per game to a single touchdown and 118 total yards.

Newark running back Hunter Rockwell was held to just 36 yards on 14 attempts as the Cougars finished with 80 yards on the ground.

"Our defense has done a great job stepping up the last couple of games for us," Butcher said. "Our first five games we gave up too many long running plays, and we really focused on stopping the run."

After a scoreless first half, Butcher made a huge play to get the Huskies (2-5, 2-1 MVAL) going on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. He picked off a Jesse Tate pass, giving the Huskies the ball at the Newark 28.

Butcher broke off a 24-yard run down to the 4 before lineman-turned-fullback Jacob Montes powered into the end zone from a yard out for a 7-0 Washington lead 1:03 into the third quarter.

Butcher extended the Huskies' lead to 14 with a 13-yard touchdown run early in the fourth.

The Cougars (2-2-1, 1-1) came right back with a 65-yard drive in 12 plays that ended when Tate found Osana Futi for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 5:11 left.


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Newark turned the ball over on downs before Paul Gill thwarted the Cougars' final chance with an interception on a deflected pass.

Irvington 41, Mission San Jose 6: Irvington running back Ariel Hercik led the offensive charge with three touchdowns on a 158-yard, 16-carry rushing effort at Tak Fudenna Stadium.

Hercik was one of three players to reach the 100-yard rushing mark, as quarterback Jack Shank did it on six carries and Raeshawn Lee accomplished the feat in 13 carries. Lee also added two touchdowns, and Shank added one -- a 43-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings (4-2, 2-1 MVAL) rushed for 389 yards as a team.

Mission (2-4, 0-2) got a solid effort from quarterback Christopher Donoghue, who threw for 150 yards. His 22-yard touchdown pass to Saleem Karim cut Irvington's lead to 14-6 late in the first quarter.

His top target was Karim, who caught three passes for 56 yards. Mission running back David Kim had 72 yards rushing on 16 carries. He had 79 in the first half.

Irvington's defense held Mission to just 40 yards of offense in the second half.

Lee, who missed last week's game with an ankle sprain, scored both of Irvington's touchdowns in the second quarter, from 28 and 11 yards, that gave them a commanding 27-6 halftime lead.

-- Steve R. Waterhouse, correspondent