Fremont 28, Oakland Tech 7
Tigers coach Isamu Falevai didn’t expect his team to be demoralized despite its winless record coming into Friday’s game against Oakland Athletic League favorite Oakland Tech. What Fremont did do was put together a commanding performance on both offense and defense to upset the Bulldogs on Tech’s homecoming afternoon.
The Tigers (1-6, 1-1 OAL), who suffered through a dismal preseason and a loss to Skyline in the league opener, returned several key starters from academic ineligibility.”We got our guys back,” said Falevai. “Now we don’t have people playing out of position or teams taking advantage of our lack of experience and fatigue with limited players.”
After a muffed punt by Oakland Tech gave the Tigers the ball at the Bulldogs’ 36, Sione Tupouata broke three tackles to put Fremont up 7-0 in the second quarter. Tupouata finished with 166 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs (5-2, 1-1) later recovered a Tupouata fumble at their own 13-yard line. But on the ensuing play, Tigers’ lineman Masai Fonua stepped in front of a Gregory Pierson screen pass and rumbled 7 yards to put Fremont ahead 14-0. Tupouata later peeled off a 56-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers a 22-0 lead late in third quarter.
By Allen Gordon
CC Times, 10/23/2009