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Football 2014: Pioneers Dominate Prospect In Opening Night Victory

posted Sep 6, 2014, 6:56 AM by Bill Walstrom   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 7:57 AM ]
The Cupertino Pioneers football team opened their 2014 season with a decisive 32-14 win over the Prospect Panthers. Junior QB Anthony Pozzetti led the way with four touchdowns – 3 rushing, and one passing. 

It didn’t start out promising for ‘Tino, as Prospect opened the game by recovering an on-side kick. But the CHS defense pushed the Panthers back, and on the Pioneers first possession, they marched down the field scoring a touchdown on a 1 yard scoring plunge by Pozzetti. On the Pioneers next possession, facing a 4th and 8, Pozzetti found WR Kyle Avvakumovits for a 22-yard scoring strike putting the Pioneers up 15-0. 

It appeared that the half would end this way, but the officials ruled that they had mistakenly ended the first half when CHS committed a defensive penalty. Consequently, Prospect was given one untimed down to end the second quarter – which QB Sam Adams made the most of by taking in a QB keeper for a 1-yard TD score cutting the lead to 15-6. 

But Cupertino dominated the third quarter, scoring first on a 5 yard TD run by Pozzetti, and then later Marcos Anton boomed a majestic 35 yard field goal that would have been good from at least 10 yards further out. 

In the 4th Quarter, it was Pozzetti again, another 1 yard QB sneak that put the game out of reach. Prospect scored a touchdown late to make the score a bit more respectable, with QB Sam Adams hitting WR Tarnell Pollard with a 5 yard TD pass. 
 
CHS Coach Chris Oswald praised his team’s effort during his post-game press conference. “The key was putting pressure on the QB from the get-go. We’re a pressure defense and we don’t just sit back”. Oswald was also pleased with the team’s running game, as it successfully wore down the Panther defense. When asked about other keys to the game, Oswald responded, “Anthony [Pozzetti] played almost a perfect game. He called the right audibles several times at the line. And our defensive line – we played 11 different guys there mixing up our looks which allowed us to do different things against their offense”. Oswald also praised the play of Kyle Avvakumovits and Dylan Schutz, “those two guys played really well on both sides of the ball. Oswald then added, “And Tarun Nappoly’s play at corner was key. Not only did he have a big interception, but his tight defensive coverage allows other guys to blitz and put pressure on their QB”. 

The Pioneers host James Lick next Friday night for the CHS home opener. 



Anthony Pozzetti
 
Kyle Avvakumovits
QB Anthony Pozzetti looks for a receiver
Photographer Sierra Duren
(c)SPORTSWURLZ, photograph by SPORTSWURLZ
 
WR Kyle Avvakumovits TD reception
Photographer Sierra Duren
(c)SPORTSWURLZ, photograph by SPORTSWURLZ



Scoring plays
1st quarter;
CHS – Pozzetti 1 yard run (Espinoza 2-pt conversion)
 
2nd Quarter: 
CHS – Avvakumovits 22 yard catch from Pozzetti (Silva kick)
Prospect – Adams 1 yard run (PAT blocked)
 
3rd Quarter
CHS – Pozzetti 1 yard run (Anton kick)
CHS – Anton 35 yard field goal
 
4th quarter 
CHS – Pozzetti 6 yard run (Anton kick)
Prospect – Pollard – 5 yard pass from Adams (Villagomez 2-pt Conversion)
 
CHS: 8, 7,10,7, -- 32
Prospect: 0, 6,0,8 – 14
 
Top Players:
Cupertino:
Anthony Pozzetti: 42 yards rushing, 3 TDs; 106 yards passing, 1TD Pass
Kyle Avvakumovits: 4 catches 65 yards, 1 TD receiving
 
Prospect: 
Sam Adams: 55 yards rushing 1 TD, 147 yards passing 1 TD
Tarnell Pollard 8 catches for 85 yards, 1 TD