photos by Breannie Robinson
story by Romanalyn Inocencio
(with stats fromMaxPreps and Bay Area News Group)
It was the one Oakland team that could have offered McClymonds a challenge. And during the first quarter only, the Oakland Tech Bulldogs pulled it off, keeping the Warriors from scoring in a 0-0 battle of defenses.
In the end, the McClymonds Warriors did what they have done all season in the Oakland Athletic League: win easily. Quarterback Keith Williams threw bullet passes, leading the team to its 36-14 victory on Saturday and its third straight Oakland Athletic League title.
Mack (7-3 and 5-0 in the OAL) will be the number 1 seed in the Oakland section playoffs, hosting Fremont this week in its playoff game. The Silver Bowl is scheduled for Friday November 23 at 1pm at Laney College.
The first touchdown for Mack came when LaVance Warren rushed 3 yards. It followed a pass by Williams to Jailen Thompson. Thompson scored the next touchdown on Mack’s next possession. Then Williams threw a 56-yard pass to LaVon Washington and Mack led 20-0 at halftime.
The fourth quarter began with Mack leading 28-0, when Tech scored its first touchdown on a two-yard run by Jeremiah Varnedoe, followed by a successful point-after kick, making it 28-7.
But McClymonds made any comeback impossible: it scored a touchdown (on a 1-yard run by Williams) and a two-point conversion (by LaVon Washington).