Montgomery blows past Washington (SF) 40-0

By PHIL WONG
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

SAN FRANCISCO — While Team New Zealand has to wait another day to take home the America’s Cup under the Golden Gate Bridge, Montgomery High’s football team went over the bridge with a victory on the field USF Hall of Famer Ollie Matson and singer Johnny Mathis played on.

The Vikings, now 3-0 overall, netted 215 yards of total offense and held their host scoreless 40-0 despite allowing 220 yards.

“Our defense really picked up,” Montgomery coach Dean Haskins said. “This is the best game they’ve shown on being able to know what to do.”

After quarterback Elijah Higgs threw an interception on the opening series, the Vikings defense forced an Eagles fumble on their second play from scrimmage. Justin Perry made the strip that allowed Henry Stelzner to recover at the Eagles’ 40-yard line.

Logan Francavilla ran seven plays and scored on a 5-yard run. He finished the day with 124 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns.

Key blocks were made by right tackle Justin Perry and guard Anthony Goldstone.

The Vikings held Washington to 93 yards rushing.

“Our shifts created confusion,” Haskins said.

The closest Washington got in Vikings territory was at the 21-yard line in the second quarter. But that drive stalled when quarterback Ramon Cutright fumbled and R.J. Flores recovered for the Vikings. Cutright was 6-of-16 for 127 yards with one interception, while Higgs was 13-of-18 with two interceptions for 129 yards for Montgomery.

Flores took over for Higgs in the fourth quarter and was 4-for-7 for 24 yards.

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