Game Date: October 28, 2022 7:00PM PST | Photography by: Sandrine Scherson
Hello. Happy Halloween. Please consider this write up and the statistics to be final (not preliminary). Coach Ornelas sent me the defensive stats Sunday. Thank you Coach. Attached please find the Team Box Score and Individual Stats which should print on one and two pages, respectively. I plan to send the season rollup later this week.
The University High Trojans played their last game of the season Fri night, Oct-28, falling to the Woodbridge Warriors, 28-6. Uni had celebrated a win on senior night the week before. This game was played at Uni, but was officially a home game and senior night for WHS.
The Warriors had the ball for nearly 11 minutes in the first quarter capitalizing on two Uni fumbles and an uncovered chip shot kick en route to a 21-0 lead. The two big plays in the quarter were a 75-yard TD pass from Edward Ma to Daniel Goodrich and a 51-yard TD scamper by Feiamma Armstrong.
The Trojans actually had more first downs in the game, winning that battle 14-13. The Uni defense had some truly impressive numbers with a total of 15 tackles for loss (including three sacks) for a total of 79 yards.
The Woodbridge offense netted 324 yards (192 on the ground and 132 in the air). Uni had 163 yards of total offense (98 running and 65 passing).
Jr Jai Williams led the Uni running game with 57 yards on 14 carries. In his first action at running back, Jr Richard “The Bus” Bines picked up 23 yards from five attempts, one an impressive 21-yarder. Jr Blaine Anderson and Sr Chris Rue each had one carry for 10 yards. Before this game Rue had not carried the ball on a running play all year. Late in the game the team captain ran up the middle running over three or four Warriors for a touchdown standing up and Uni’s only score. Sr Connor Ghaznavi’s PAT attempt was just wide.
Soph QB Zach Malek accounted for all of Uni’s passing yards going 5 for 9 for 65 yards, finding four different receivers, each one gaining a first down (Juniors Brooks Beckmann, Zephyr Reynolds and Koa Saito and Soph Damari Carter).
LB Jai Williams led the Trojans in tackles with 10. LB / DE Koa Saito had eight tackles with an impressive four for loss (including two sacks). Jr DB Luke Edwards broke up three passes and intercepted another to go along with four tackles. DT Richard Bines pitched in with four tackles (two for loss including a sack). DB Damari Carter also had four tackles with one for loss.
The seniors certainly made their mark on defense. LB Pax Lang contributed nine tackles, with four for loss. DB Nikko Ray and DE Chris Conner each participated in three tackles. DT Tomas Arango had a pair of tackles, one for loss. DE Devin Fowler returned from injury to record a tackle.
Jr Andrew Bogard punted three times including a tied-for-season-high 48-yarder.
Woodbridge (5-5 overall, 2-1 conference) advanced to the CIF-SS playoffs. Seniors Goodrich and Armstrong were the stars for the Warriors. Goodrich had the long TD reception, four PATS, a pick, a fumble recovery and a sack. Armstrong had a big running game and two scores.
UHS (3-7 overall, 1-2 conference) finishes with a marked improvement over last year in virtually all statistical categories.