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Football Dominates Burlingame 40-14

Photo credit Trevor Thiele-Sardina

The M-A varsity football team defeated Burlingame 40-14 in the Homecoming game on Friday, October 7. Star running back Jordan Mims was involved early, catching a 32-yard pass from Aajon Johnson for the first touchdown of the game. The Bears then failed the two point conversion. Late in the first quarter Burlingame finally responded with a 32-yard passing touchdown of its own. With 2:44 left in the first quarter Spencer Corona caught a 30-yard pass to put the ball on the one-yard line. Johnson then converted on a run to score. The Bears led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter after a made extra point by Corona.

Burlingame held a brief lead in the second quarter after scoring another passing touchdown. Mims then scored on the next M-A drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown. The senior running back had 173 rushing yard on 15 carries, 33 receiving yards, a rushing touchdown, and a receiving touchdown. M-A held a 19-14 lead at the half.

Senior Quarterback Aajon Johnson hands the ball off to star senior running back Jordan Mims.
Senior Quarterback Aajon Johnson hands the ball off to star senior running back Jordan Mims.

M-A dominated in the third quarter, outscoring Burlingame 14-0. Mekhi Blackmon had two receiving touchdowns in the quarter. He caught a 16-yard pass from Miles Conrad and a 61-yard bomb from Johnson. Blackmon also added an interception followed by a 40-yard return. Conrad went in for most of the second half.

Junior wide receiver Spencer Corona stiff-arms a defender as he take the ball all the way to the one-yard line.
Junior wide receiver Spencer Corona stiff-arms a defender as he take the ball all the way to the one-yard line.

The Bears held Burlingame scoreless again in the fourth quarter and added one final touchdown. The Bears were able to get down to the three-yard line in order for Conrad to run it in for a score. Corona added the extra point; he went 2-3 on Points After Touchdown (PATs) during the night. A strong performance from the defensive front allowed the Burlingame quarterback little time to throw.

The Bears had a huge gathering of the 12th Man to cheer them on.
The Bears had a huge gathering of the 12th Man to cheer them on.

In the game, Blackmon had 98 receiving yards on just five catches. Conrad went 5-7 passing for 42 yards, with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. Johnson completed 9-14 for 153 yards and two passing touchdowns. Johnson also rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Senior Jordan Mims runs the ball in for a touchdown.
Senior Jordan Mims runs the ball in for a touchdown.

Other notable receiving stats were Corona’s 45 yards on three catches and Tate Tussing’s 15 yards on three catches.

Junior Gary Carter prepares to lock down the opposing receiver.
Junior Gary Carter prepares to lock down the opposing receiver.

Defensively, the team combined for 79 tackles. Christian Wiseman took down 14 Burlingame players on the night. Other notable defensive performances were Noa Ngalu with six tackles, Devon Dundas with six tackles, Epeli Mataele with five tackles, Marquis Reid with five tackles, Tussing with five tackles, Bryan Kang with five tackles, and returning safety Josh Lepulu with four tackles.

Seniors Jordan Mims, Mekhi Blackmon, and Aajon Johnson look on as their defense takes the field.
Seniors Jordan Mims, Mekhi Blackmon, and Aajon Johnson look on as their defense takes the field.

The Bears are now 4-2 overall and 2-0 in league. They lost both games by a combined 20 points and could very easily be 6-0. We think M-A will be a very competitive team come playoff time!

Junior Michael Pariseau gets some practice reps during the game.
Junior Michael Pariseau gets some practice reps during the game.
The leaders of the 12th man this year are (from left to right) Kennedy Ojeda, Margaret Child, Danny McCabe, Will Perrone, and Peter Hilton.
The leaders of the 12th Man this year are (from left to right) Kennedy Ojeda, Margaret Child, Danny McCabe, Will Perrone, and Peter Hilton.
Senior Mekhi Blackmon prepares to catch a pass.
Senior Mekhi Blackmon prepares to catch a pass.
Quarterback Miles Conrad prepares to take a snap near the end-zone.
Quarterback Miles Conrad prepares to take a snap near the end zone.

The Bears play again this week versus rival Sacred Heart Prep (1-5 overall, 1-1 in league) at Sacred Heart on Friday at 3 p.m. Come and support your team on Friday!

Star sophomore lineman Noa Ngalu gets congratulations from the fans after the game.
Star sophomore lineman Noa Ngalu gets congratulations from the fans after the game.

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