photos by Breannie Robinson
story by Charlisse Flemming and Breannie Robinson
(with stats from Oakland Tribune and MaxPreps)
With grit and strong defensive skills, the McClymonds Warriors won the Silver Bowl for the third year in a row, crushing the Oakland Tech Bulldogs 38-13 on Friday at Laney College.
“This was great defense by our players; they forced fumbles and took advantage of turnovers,” said coach Curtis McCauley. “Tech played hard and tough.”
But not tough enough.
The Silver Bowl played out similarly to the lopsided season game against Tech, with fumbles and three defensive scores by Mack, which finished with a 9-3 record and hopes to be in the regional championship game.
Mack senior Kenyatta McGee Jackson rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns and scored a touchdown on a 60-yard interception.
On Oakland Tech’s first possession, Shaqan Washington picked up a fumble and ran 35 yards for a touchdown, and in the second quarter, Lavon Wsahington returned an interception for a 70-yeard touchdown.
Washington, who suffers from asthma, had to take a break after the run to use his inhaler, which his mother tossed to him from the stands.
“We have 26 players who work hard in practice and came together as a team,” said Washington after the game. “I could be in more plays if I didn’t have asthma, but it’s gotten better over the years.”
The Oakland Tech Bulldogs moved the ball better than the Mack offense, with 271 yards. They scored twice, on a 1-yard run by Jeremiah Vernedoe and again in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by quarterback James Lewis.
But a win never seemed within Oakland Tech’s reach.
“Winning the Silver Bowl was the highlight of our season,” said Mack quarterback Keith Williams, a senior who transferred to McClymonds this year. “I grew into my role here easily because everyone treated me like family.”
“We hope our season continues,” he added.
By next week, the Warriors will learn if they have earned a spot in the California Interscholastic Federation Divison IV Northern regional championship game.