SAN LORENZO -- The visiting Cougars (2-1) scored four different ways to take a 19-0 lead in the second quarter, then used two touchdown runs by Franco Napal in the second half to hold off a fierce rally by the Rebels (2-1).

The Cougars' King Slocum opened the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown catch from Adriano Arroyo. Then Slocum blocked a San Lorenzo punt out of the end zone for a safety and a 9-0 Newark Memorial lead. The Cougars finished the half's scoring with a 33-yard field goal by Bryon Jones and a four-yard run by Napal.

Newark Memorial increased its lead when Napal scored from three yards out on the Cougars' first drive of the second half. But San Lorenzo scored on its next two possessions on a 14-yard pass from Kevin Mosi to Hamilton To'o and a five-yard run by Raymon Moore. Moore's two-point conversion run after his touchdown narrowed Newark's lead to 25-15 with 3:05 left in the third quarter.

But Napal gained 36 of his game-high 134 yards rushing in a key Newark drive in the fourth quarter, which ended with a Napal 12-yard touchdown run. San Lorenzo scored with 33 seconds left on a diving 30-yard touchdown grab by Keenan Johnson from Mosi, and a two-point conversion pass from Mosi to To'o closed the deficit to 31-23. But Newark grabbed the onside kick and ran out the clock. Johnson had five catches for 140 yards in the game.


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Newark Memorial 31, San Lorenzo 23

Newark M. 0 19 6 6-- 31

San Lorenzo 0 0 15 8-- 23

NM -- Slocum 20 pass from Arroyo (Jones kick)

NM -- Safety, Slocum blocks SLZ punt out of end zone

NM -- Jones 33 FG

NM -- Napal 4 run (Jones kick)

NM -- Napal 3 run (kick failed)

SLZ -- To'o 14 pass from Mosi (Bernal kick)

SLZ -- Moore 5 run (Moore run)

NM -- Napal 12 run (kick failed)

SLZ -- Johnson 30 pass from Mosi (To'o pass from Mosi)

Statistics

Rushing: NM -- Napal 19-134, Leggett 13-53, Miller 2-15, Rodriguez 2-2, Arroyo 6-(-17). Totals 42-187. SLZ -- Marshall 7-34, Goodwin 4-29, Moore 2-4, Sephers 1-(-1), Mosi 5-(-17). Totals 19-49. Passing: NM -- Arroyo 4-8-0-41. SLZ -- Mosi 9-20-1-159, Marshal 1-1-0-29. Totals 10-21-1-188. Receiving: NM -- Rodriguez 2-18, Slocum 1-20, Leggett 1-3. Totals 4-41. SLZ -- Johnson 5-140, To'o 3-26, Wilson 1-24, Couther 1-(-2). Totals 10-188. Fumbles/lost: Newark Memorial 1/0, San Lorenzo 3/3. Records: Newark Memorial 2-1, San Lorenzo 2-1.