With first place in the Bay Shore Athletic League at stake, the Encinal High football team played its most complete game of the season, defeating St. Mary's 47-0 on Friday night in Alameda.
Both teams entered the contest having gone 4-0 in BSAL games, but Encinal looked like the league's top team. Its big-play offense scored with ease, and its defense shut down St. Mary's solid passing attack.
"I think we're finally hitting our stride," Jets coach Joe Tenorio said. "It was a big win for us. They were undefeated coming in and we looked at this game as playing for the league championship."
The Jets scored on their first three possessions of the first quarter on two Jon Trodder runs (23, 33 yards) sandwiched around a 20-yard run by Corey Sails.
After stopping St. Mary's (4-4, 4-1 BSAL) on fourth down on the Jets' 16-yard-line, Encinal struck quickly to take control of the game. With the second quarter clock ticking down, quarterback Andrew Ve'e lofted a 49-yard touchdown pass to Bo Banks, who scored with one second left in the half for a 33-0 lead at the break.
Encinal's defense stepped up to limit St. Mary's quarterback Kevin Flemer to 109 yards passing. They forced him into an interception and kept his receivers in the middle of the field.
"I thought our cornerbacks played great," Tenorio said. "They knocked down a lot of passes tonight."
The Jets (7-1, 5-0 BSAL) never let St. Mary's into the game, scoring on their two possessions of the third quarter on a 25-yard run by Kaniela Kahuanui and an electrifying 86-yard touchdown burst by Trodder.
"I've been waiting for us to play a complete game like this," Tenorio said. "This is the type of football we're used to playing."
Trodder rushed for 177 yards and three scores, and Banks caught one touchdown pass and returned a punt 37 yards for a touchdown. St. Mary's Aidan Shockley rushed for 85 yards.