Dom­i­na­tion by Bal­boa on both sides of the ball

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - FOOTBALL - By Mitch Stephens MaxPreps se­nior writer Mitch Stephens cov­ers high school sports for The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle.

A shutout is one thing. But three de­fen­sive scores also?

Bal­boa’s foot­ball team def­i­nitely got de­fen­sive Satur­day dur­ing a 45-0 non­league win over visit­ing Har­bor-Santa Cruz.

John Lui and Andy Salazar picked up fum­bles and re­turned them for touch­downs, and Caden Deguz­man added a pick­six as the Buc­ca­neers im­proved to 2-0. They haven’t given up a point fol­low­ing a 47-0 open­inggame win over Lyn­brookSan Jose on Aug. 24.

“It’s all a team ef­fort,” said Bal­boa first-year coach Fred Ve­lasquez. “We’re swarm­ing and gang-tack­ling and strip­ping the ball. It’s been im­pres­sive.”

Mid­dle lineback­ers Xavier Haro and Ed­die Colon have been ex­tremely ac­tive, the coach said. But it was Liu who scooped up a fum­ble and ram­bled five yards for a score to make it 10-0 in the sec­ond quar­ter. On Har­bor’s next pos­ses­sion, Deguz­man re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 25 yards to make it 17-0.

The of­fense got go­ing af­ter that, with quar­ter­back Bran­don Norori com­plet­ing touch­down passes of 30 and 25 yards to Ar­monni Wol­ridge and An­thony Nunez adding a 60-yard TD run. Salazar capped the scor­ing with a 35-yard fum­ble re­turn late in the third quar­ter.

Bal­boa will get two key trans­fers who had to sit out 30 days by CIF rules and eight other play­ers who haven’t played.

“Once we’re at full strength, we should be in re­ally good shape,” Ve­lasquez said.

No. 4 An­ti­och 47, Marin Catholic-Kent­field 28: Dwight Turner (19 car­ries, 136 yards) and Jaysn Wade (17, 114) rushed for two touch­downs each and de­spite turn­ing the ball over on its first two pos­ses­sions, the Pan­thers (5-0) never trailed in the first meet­ing be­tween the pro­grams.

Willem Karn­thong com­pleted a 65-yard touch­down to De­juan But­ler and ran for an­other as An­ti­och took ad­van­tage of three Marin Catholic turnovers by scor­ing three fourth-quar­ter touch­downs.

The Wild­cats (1-3) out­gained An­ti­och 488-375 but made too many mis­takes to beat the high­pow­ered Pan­thers. MC quar­ter­back Gaven Cooke ac­counted for 392 yards, com­plet­ing 10 of 20 passes for 227 yards and two scores, in­clud­ing an 81yarder to Vaughn Mauterer. Cooke also rushed 25 times for 165 yards. Ma­teo Perez rushed 11 times for 93 yards and touch­downs of 37 and 13 yards in de­feat.

“We made some er­rors, but made enough big plays to pull it out,” An­ti­och of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Brett Dud­ley.

Rio Vista 54, Galileo 30: In a re­match of the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia 6-A cham­pi­onship last year, Ryan Hur­ley (4, 1 and 32 yards) and Quin McGill (2, 4 and 4) rushed for three touch­downs each as the visit­ing Rams (4-1) re­versed the 2017 re­sult.

Hur­ley scored the first three TDs of the game for Rio Vista, which lost 21-14 at home to Galileo last year, and the Rams never trailed de­spite two touch­down runs by Jim­mie Ed­wards (5 and 55 yards) and a 69-yard TD run by Yarvell Smith. Ron­ald Fox added a long kick­off re­turn for a score and com­pleted a 22-yard TD pass to Reese Bickart for the Lions (2-1).

Smith, the reign­ing Aca­demic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion Player of the Year, hurt his knee in the first half and played spar­ingly in the sec­ond. Galileo coach Mark Huynh didn’t of­fer that as an ex­cuse. “They out-hit us and out-coached us,” Huynh said. “We couldn’t stop their run game. We weren’t ready for their heavy hit­ting. They played tough. They earned it.”

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