FOOTBALL: Warriors clinch fourth straight league title

Kareem Lucas looks for a running lane against Pinewood on

Junior running back Kareem Lucas set a school record with an
astonishing 332 rushing yards on 14 carries in a 78-46 Anchorpoint
Christian victory over Pinewood in Coastal Athletic League 8-man
football action Saturday night in Gilroy.
Junior running back Kareem Lucas set a school record with an astonishing 332 rushing yards on 14 carries in a 78-46 Anchorpoint Christian victory over Pinewood in Coastal Athletic League 8-man football action Saturday night in Gilroy.

The 32-point win wrapped up the Warriors’ fourth straight CAL championship, knocking off the second-place team in the league to accomplish the feat.

“(Pinewood) is a well-coached team,” Anchorpoint head coach KC Adams said. “Our defense gave up too many points but that’s what happens against a good team. I’m just glad the boys got to play a full game against strong competition.”

Lucas, who had set a goal at the beginning of the season to eclipse the 2,000-yard rushing mark, has 1,295 through eight games. However, the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder had been used sparingly on offense in the two games prior to Saturday’s triumph due to inflated scores. Lucas, averaging a mind-boggling 18-yards per attempt, had just two carries on Oct. 2 and three touches on Oct. 23. The two weeks in between games were a result of CAL opponents forfeiting.

“He was getting the snot knocked out of him,” Adams said of his bruising back’s record-setting performance. “He was dragging kids with him on every run. The beast got loose and he earned everything he got.”

Senior fullback Jordan Suniga added 133 yards on 11 touches as the Warriors pounded out 519 yards on the ground in improving their record to 8-0.

“Our offensive line did really well,” Adams said. “The offense rose to the occasion.”

Though Pinewood managed to post the highest point total against the Warriors’ unforgiving defense, junior Stefan Perry added to his team-leading sack numbers with three more quarterback takedowns to give him 24 on the year.

“They ran every trick play in the book, and they worked,” Adams said. “I knew they were good, but not that good.”

The Warriors have scored 468 points this season, 100 points shy of topping the school mark of 568 set last season.

The Warriors have two contests remaining on the docket, a road matchup against Stuart Hall in San Francisco on Saturday and a home showdown with Christian Life Academy – the 13th-ranked team in the state – on Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in Gilroy.

NOTES: Six seniors, Louis Turner, Ian Weymouth, Samuel Apolinar, Jordan Suniga, Ruben Alnas and Jacob Brendle, were honored at halftime as part of Senior Night ceremonies.

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