SAN LORENZO — Losing 15 games in a row can take its toll on a high school football team.
But San Lorenzo coach Jacob Wright wouldn't let it hamper the way his kids took the field for each contest.
He has always taught his team to never look back and always expect to win.
And the Rebels finally did so last week.
San Lorenzo defeated Alameda 28-22, getting a victory for the first time since beating Mission San Jose 54-13 October 13, 2006.
"It feels good to win again," Wright said. "I didn't even know it was that long until it was printed in the newspaper."
The Rebels now hope to make it two in row, a feat the program hasn't done since topping Dublin and Tennyson to open the 2006 campaign.
But to do it, San Lorenzo will have to snap its two-game losing streak against former Hayward Area Athletic League foe Moreau Catholic.
The Mariners have been somewhat of a thorn in the side of the Rebels, coming from behind the past two years to get wins.
San Lorenzo gave up the go-ahead TD with 3:05 left and lost 26-21 last season.
Two years ago Moreau ended its 17-game HAAL losing streak with a thrilling 36-28 overtime victory over San Lorenzo.
zThe two schools have an evenly matched roster. San Lorenzo will suit up 22 players for the game, while Moreau has 28.
This could be a huge game for the Rebels, who will open HAAL play with Tennyson, Bishop O'Dowd and then San Leandro.
"This is a big game going into league," Wright said. "We need to pick up this win so we go into league with some momentum."
WR/DB Cory Hall has been a major contributor for the Rebels thus far. He has returned two fumbles for touchdowns and is an instrumental piece to the offense.
But Wright says the key to the game is taking away Eric Storey and Moreau's running game.
"We are just going to go out and make sure we take away the running game," Wright said. "They have had a lot of success running the counter and the option. If we can take those plays away, I think we can do well."
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