Derek Slater ran for 227 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries and the Titans defense shut down the Mariners rushing attack as John F. Kennedy High opened the Mission Valley Athletic League season with a 36-14 win over host Moreau Catholic.

Slater had 149 of his yards after halftime as the Titans (3-1, 1-0 MVAL) scored 30 straight points to open the second half and never looked back. Waymond McKissick added 86 rushing yards on 22 attempts while finding the end zone twice as Kennedy finished with 321 yards, all on the ground.

McKissick scored from three yards out and Slater broke loose on a 28-yard touchdown with nine seconds left in the third as the Titans pulled in front 22-6.

Defensively, the Titans held the Mariners (4-1, 0-1) to just 30 rushing yards. Jason Hinton, who came into the game averaging 277 yards a game, was held to 32 yards on nine carries. Mariners quarterback Lucas O'Rourke threw for 156 yards on 8 of 17 passing while connecting with seven different receivers, but was victimized by numerous drops. O'Rourke connected with Hinton on a 35-yard touchdown on a screen pass in the final quarter.

Irvington 23, Newark Memorial 6: Jared Lozoya carried 30 times for 183 yards and scored on a 37-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to lead the Vikings (3-1, 1-0) past the host Cougars (2-3, 0-1).


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After a scoreless first quarter, Newark Memorial got on the board first when Franco Napal scored on a 2-yard run with 10:25 left in the first half for a 6-0 lead. The PAT kick was missed. Napal's touchdown plunge was set up when Aaron Miller ran 69 yards to the Vikings' 2.

Irvington drove 76 yards in 13 plays and scored just before the first half ended. Quarterback Andrew Trujillo scored on a 1-yard plunge with 1:08 remaining in the half. Kicker Chauncey Jones survived a bad snap on the PAT attempt and converted the kick to give the Vikings a 7-6 lead.

Lozoya had a 12-yard run, Trujillo completed a 14-yard pass to Daniel Gusev and Andre Vickers ran 25 yards to the Newark Memorial 17 to set up the Vikings' go-ahead score.

Randon Navarro scored on an 11-yard run with 4:15 left in the game for Irvington.

-- Scott Strain, correspondent

Washington 45, Mission San Jose 0: The Huskies (1-3, 1-0 MVAL) blew the game open with 29 points in the second quarter for a 36-0 advantage heading into halftime.

Washington quarterback Tylan Vinson threw four touchdown passes and ran for one in the victory. Sam Hodnett caught two touchdown passes, including a 70-yarder from Vinson.

Mission San Jose fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the MVAL with the loss.

-- Staff