Jackets' Promising Season Suffers Setback in 6-20 Loss
The Berkeley High varsity football lost to the Monte Vista Mustangs Friday in a setback for the defending league champs. The Jackets got off to a good start in the season opener last weekend with an impressive 41-8 victory over Washington-SF.
Berkeley High's dreams of football glory for this season got a cold dash of disappointment Friday night when the varsity Yellowjackets suffered a 6-20 loss at the hands, or hooves, of the Monte Vista High Mustangs.
The defeat was a sharp reversal in fortune for the Jackets, the defending champions from last year in the Western Alameda County League who last week posted a commanding 41-8 victory over Washington High of San Francisco in their season opener. Berkeley's offense in that game produced the league's top passer (Noah Suszckiwicz, 173 yards, 3 TDs), top rusher (Gary Vincent, 50 yards) and top receiver (Lamont Smith, 59 yards), according to MaxPreps.com.
But in the home-game match Friday night against the Mustangs from Danville, the Jackets were overpowered by the rushing attack of Monte Vista's Matt Rood (91 yards, 2 TDs) and Zach Cribb (143 yards, 1 TD), according to the Contra Costa Times.
The Jackets' next game is at home against San Mateo Friday at 7 p.m. This season is the first year for new head coach James Barnes.
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