After a triple-overtime loss on Oct. 6 and a 7-7 deadlock at halftime Saturday against visiting San Lorenzo, the Mt. Eden High football team was looking for a breakthrough.
It came through controlling the ball. In the first 121/2 minutes of the second half, the Monarchs possessed the ball more than 11 minutes and scored two touchdowns on their way to a 21-7 West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Division victory.
Mt. Eden coach Paul Perenon was pleased with his team's play in the second half.
"We did a much better job in the second half staying within the scheme. Offensively, we stayed on the block better in the second half," he said.
The Monarchs (4-3, 1-1 WACC-Shoreline) took the second-half kickoff and drove 34 yards, but the possession ended with a missed 38-yard field goal. However, Mt. Eden's Tookey Stevenson grabbed an interception off a ricochet on the first play of San Lorenzo's next possession, and the Monarchs marched 32 yards to score on a 3-yard run by Justin Gindlesberger.
After a three-and-out by San Lorenzo (2-5, 1-1), Mt. Eden drove 49 yards in 10 plays, ending with another 3-yard run by Gindlesberger. San Lorenzo had an 86-yard drive on the following possession, but had a first-and-goal scenario at the Mt. Eden 8 and could not get into the end zone on the following four plays. Neither team got into the red zone the rest of the game.
Mt. Eden's Khalil Thomas rushed for a game-high 137 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Teammate Devante McGowan added 80 yards on the ground.
San Lorenzo had an 80-yard drive on the opening possession of the game and scored on a 9-yard run by Charlie Davis III. Rebels quarterback Kevin Mosi completed 12 of his 23 passes for 131 yards in the game.