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Football 2014: Cupertino Defeats Overfelt 30-28

posted Sep 27, 2014, 7:33 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:58 AM ]
The Cupertino Pioneers moved to 3-0 by defeating the Overfelt Royals by a score of 30-28. 

The game started out with Cupertino moving the ball with an efficient opening drive down to the Overfelt 23 yard line. But the Royals’ Savea intercepted an Anthony Pozzetti pass to stall the drive. Then, on the very first offensive play by the Royals, Alex Tirado took a pitch out and then passed to a wide open Alex Puentes for a 75 yard touchdown. But the Pioneers came back late in the first quarter. From the Overfelt 39 yard line, Pozzetti rolled out to the left and saw nothing but open space in front of him as he scampered for a touchdown. The Marcos Anton PAT made it 7-6 CHS. On Overfelt’s ensuing drive, Pioneer lineman David Li stripped the ball from the Overfelt runner and recovered the fumble himself, setting up the Pioneers in good field position. But while the ensuing drive proved fruitless, Cupertino did score later in the second quarter. TE Ben Murray took a pass from Pozzetti and rambled down the sideline for an apparent touchdown. But a penalty called on the play forced Cupertino to settle instead for a 35 yard field goal by Marcos Anton. On the next drive, with time winding down in the half, Pozzetti found an open Morgan Saenz, who nimbly evaded would-be tacklers to score a 32 yard TD making the score 17-6 at half.
In the second half, Overfelt started with the ball and marched on an impressive 15-play drive capped off by a 2 yard TD run by Puentes, making the score 17-12, which is the way the 3rd Quarter would end. But on the first play of the 4th Quarter, Pozzetti called his own number on a quarterback keeper scoring a 2 yard TD run of his own putting the Pioneers up 23 to 12. After the defense held Overfelt and forced a punt, CHS scored another touchdown, this time Pozzetti finding Dylan Schutz over the middle for a 15 yard touchdown. With the score 30-12, and less than 6 minutes left in the game, it seemed that the result was a certainty. But largely due to the play of Overfelt senior Alex Puentes, the Royals weren’t finished yet. Puentes scored a 34 yard TD run. Then, after holding the Pioneers to a 3-and-out, Overfelt had the ball again with under two minutes left. But Puentes scored on a 70-yard TD run making the score 30-28. But when CHS recovered the ensuring on-side kick, the Pioneers were able to run the clock out for victory. 
Coach Chris Oswald commented on the physical nature of the game afterwards. “Both teams got banged up; we’re happy to emerge with a victory. We had to fight through some injuries, and that made it tough.” The Pioneers suffered injuries to Brenden Cote, David Li, and Marcus Verkler. Their status for next week is uncertain. When asked about keys to victory, Oswald highlighted the play of Edison Hernandez, “Edison ran really hard tonight. If he felt he didn’t run a play as well as he should have, he would run even harder the next time with the ball.” Hernandez had 21 carries for 146 yards, which led the team by a wide margin.  
Next week, Cupertino travels to Mountain View High for their league opener.

Morgan Saenz
Photographer Jaren Hill
Edison Hernandez
Photographer Jaren Hill

Kyle Avvakumovits
Photographer Jaren Hill
Anthony Pozzetti
Photographer Jaren Hill

CHS: 7,10,0,13 = 30
Overfelt, 6,0,6,16 = 28
1st Quarter: 
Overfelt: 75 yard TD pass from Tirado to Puentes (conversion failed)
Cupertino: Pozzetti 39 yard run (Anton kick)
2nd quarter: 
Cupertino: Anton 35 yard field goal
Cupertino: Saenz 32 yard TD pass from Pozzetti (Anton kick)
3rd quarter:
Overfelt: Puentes 2 yard run (conversion failed)
4th Quarter:
Cupertino: Pozzetti – 2 yard run (conversion failed)
Overfelt: Puentes 34 yard run (2 pt conversion – Puentes)
Overfelt: Puentes 70 yard run (2 pt conversion – Puentes)
Anthony Pozzetti – 7 for 14, 129 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Kyle Avvakumovits 4 receptions, 54 yards
Morgan Saenz 1 reception, 32 yards, 1 TD
Ben Murray 1 reception, 28 yards
Dylan Schutz 1 reception, 15 yards, 1 TD
Edison Hernandez: 21 carries 146 yards
Anthony Pozzetti: 3 carries for 42 yards, 2 TDs