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Football 2014: Cupertino Pioneers 14 Gunn Titans 6 in Homecoming Game

posted Oct 18, 2014, 7:40 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 8:00 AM ]
The Cupertino Pioneers snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating the Gunn Titans 14-6 on Cupertino’s Homecoming night. 

But it was Gunn that opened the scoring first. On the Titans second possession, starting deep in their own territory, Nozuma Imanaka broke free on a 92-yard touchdown run putting the Titans ahead 6-0. Cupertino finally got on the board late in the second quarter, putting together an impressive ten-play drive. This drive culminated in a 9 yard fade route touchdown by Kyle Avvakumovits on a perfect throw from QB Anthony Pozzetti. Marcos Anton’s extra point put the Pioneers ahead 7-6, which is how the first half ended. 
Cupertino received the ball on the second half kickoff. But on the very first offensive play in the second half, a fumble recovered by the Titans gave them the ball on the CHS 36-yard line. But the Pioneer defense stepped up and thwarted the drive gaining the ball back for Cupertino. The game would then become a defensive struggle for most of the rest of the way. In the 4th quarter, Cupertino lost a fumble on a poor exchange between Pozzetti and Schutz. But the Pioneer defense forced a turnover, as Kyle Avvakumovits caused a fumble and recovered it himself near midfield. 
Late in the 4th quarter, Cupertino scored again, this time on a 24-yard run by CJ Pumphrey putting the Pioneers up 14-6. Gunn had just over a minute left for a potential game-tying drive. But Morgan Saenz intercepted a pass on the last play of the game sealing the Pioneers victory.  
Coach Oswald was pleased with the effort. “I thought our defense played really well. There was one big play by the opposition – which was more of a communication problem than anything else; but otherwise we played well on the defensive side of the ball”. Oswald highlighted the defensive play of several players, including Peter Palomo and Dylan Schutz. Oswald also added, “Michael Munson did a nice job keeping his side of the edge contained, as did Marcus Verkler on the other side.” When asked about the team’s struggle on offense, especially the running game early on, Oswald said, “We got beat up; our offensive line didn’t play well.” But on a positive note offensively, Oswald said of his QB, “Anthony [Pozzetti] had a nice game; he made good decisions most all night. 
Cupertino’s next game will be on Saturday October 25 against Los Altos, before returning home for a Halloween night challenge against Fremont. 
Gunn: 6, 0, 0, 0, = 6
Cupertino: 0, 7, 0, 7 = 14

Homecoming King Kyle Avvakumovits
Photographer Aaron Patrick
Photographer Aaron Patrick

Photographer Aaron Patrick
Anthony Pozzetti
Photographer Aaron Patrick

Scoring Summary:
1st Quarter: 
Gunn: Iwanaka – 92 yard run
2nd Quarter: 
CHS: Avvakumovits 9 yard TD catch from Pozzetti (Anton kick)
3rd Quarter: 
No Scoring
4th Quarter:
CHS: Pumphrey 24 yard TD run (Anton kick)
Statistical Leaders:
Passing: Anthony Pozzetti – 13 for 20 for 117 yards and 1 TD
Receiving: Kyle Avvakumovits – 8 receptions for 73 yards and 1 TD
Rushing: Edison Hernandez – 12 carries for 45 yards
Passing: Noah Riley: 10 for 24 for 118 yards
Rushing: Nozuma Imanaka: 13 carries for 124 yards and 1 TD
Receiving: Jared Bibo – 3 catches for 52 yards