HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL : San Fernando Breezes Past Fremont, 40-7

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The Fremont High football team got caught in a massive traffic jam before it arrived at San Fernando for Friday night's season opener.

Once there, the Pathfinders were run over by a truckload of Tigers, falling 40-7.

The start of the game was delayed 45 minutes after Fremont's bus got stuck in rush-hour traffic.

But despite the late start, San Fernando had little problem getting its offense in gear. The Tigers piled up 318 yards to just 161 yards for Fremont and used big plays to set up two of their first three touchdowns.

The Tigers scored first. Sophomore quarterback Leon Blunt tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to James Woods late in the first quarter. The score was set up by LaKarlos Townsend's 25-yard run and Blunt's 31-yard pass to Dwight McDuff. Oscar Arevalo's conversion kick was blocked.

Fremont quickly countered with a scoring drive of its own. A 37-yard pass from Rod Eric Davis to Wuantani Richard put the ball at the San Fernando 25-yard line. Four plays later, Davis tossed a 23-yard scoring pass to Richard in the right corner of the end zone.

Daniel Diaz's kick put Fremont ahead, 7-6, with 9 minutes 26 seconds left in the first half.

San Fernando retaliated with a seven-play, 63-yard march, highlighted by Brian Brison's 38-yard run. Blunt scored the touchdown on a two-yard run, then ran for the conversion to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead.

The Tigers scored again just before intermission on Townsend's one-yard run to take a 21-7 lead (with Arevalo's kick). San Fernando stopped Fremont on its initial possession of the third period, then scored again using the big play as Townsend raced 69 yards for a touchdown.

Townsend scored three touchdowns, including a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter, and finished with 154 yards in 14 carries.

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