"Island Bowl" Year-by-Year Recap

Oakland Tribune
by Steve Herendeen
November 2004

< * > = Updates to original 2004 article

ALAMEDA - It's hard to believe, but the ``Island Bowl'', the annual football showdown between Alameda and Encinal high schools, is nearly 60 years old.

Alameda and Encinal began playing against each other back in 1955. Alameda won that first game 19-7 and took an enormous lead in the series with 18 victories in the first 19 games (with one tie).

However, Encinal has stormed back in the last two-plus decades, winning 22 of 30 games. Encinal, which won last year 2013, currently holds the ``Island Trophy'', the official name is the ``Alameda Chamber of Commerce Perpetual Trophy, and leads the series 30-27.

There have been two ties, in 1957 and 1975.


The following capsules contain highlights from the first 50 meetings between Alameda and Encinal:  

- 60's - 70's - 80's - 90's - 00's - 10's -

Alameda 19, Encinal 7

The defending Alameda County Athletic League champion Hornets - coached by Chuck Butler - stopped the Jets in the inaugural game before 3,000 people at Thompson Field.

Hornets ace running back, Jerry Brooks, was held to just 26 yards on 10 carries by a fired-up Encinal team, but Bob Parker picked up the slack with 83 yards rushing and had a TD.

Mike Prado went 9-for-19 with touchdown passes of 8 yards to Berte Estes in the third quarter and a 52-yard strike to Steve Levy in the fourth.

Encinal, coached by George Cadwell, tied the game at 6-6 in the second quarter when Sonny Fonoimoana hit Sherman Lee with a 62-yard touchdown pass.

Alameda 26, Encinal 7

NorCal's No. 1 team, coached by Chuck Butler, capped off a perfect 9-0 year with this win.

The Hornets allowed just three TDs all year and though Glen Harradine and Jim Burress were the top runners for the offense, the backups rarely skipped a beat. Rick Dobbins and Eddie Evans were superb quarterbacks.

Sherman Lee once again scored Encinal's lone TD.

Alameda 20, Encinal 20

A capacity crowd of 2,000 people saw the Jets turn two fumbles and an intercepted pass into touchdowns to hang a tie on highly-touted Alameda.

The Hornets went up 14-0 on a 1-yard dive by Ron McEachern and a 33-yard reverse by Charles Patino.

A 32-yard interception return by Wallace Numurry set up a 2-yard run by Tommy Harper to get Encinal on the board. A fumble recovery led to a 17-yard pass from Curtell Motton to Percy Millett to tie the game in the third quarter.

Harper scored again in the fourth quarter for Encinal but the PAT failed, making it a 20-14 game. Alameda tied it with a 1-yard run by McEachern with 42 seconds left, but McEachern was stopped at the goal line on the two-point conversion run by guard Willie Brackins, leaving the game a tie.

Encinal 20, Alameda 14

The Jets scored the game-winning touchdown with just 26 seconds left to play in this cliffhanger.

Alameda 26, Encinal 0

The Hornets locked up their fifth consecutive shutout, as the defense limited the Jets to a mere 113 yards.

Halfback Bob Farris provided the bulk of Alameda's scoring with TD runs of 63, 48 and 18 yards. He had 166 yards for the day.

Alameda 19, Encinal 13

The Hornets ramained tied for the Alameda County Athletic League lead, as Charlie Hodge, Al Dart and John Adams scored touchdowns. Adams' 75-yard interception return for a touchdown was the game-winner.

Encinal, down 19-0, rallied in the final quarter on a Curtis Reed 60-yard TD reception and a 1-yard run by Walter Kidd. However, a full comeback was denied when Adams picked off another Encinal pass in the final moments.

Alameda 7, Encinal 6

Alameda scored in the first quarter on on a John Read 1-yard run and held on for the victory.

Encinal suffered its fourth loss in a row after opening the year with five straight wins. The Jets did score with 9:27 left on a 5-yard run by Bob Miranda, but the PAT was wide.

Alameda 35, Encinal 0

Quarterback Preston Pritchard ran for two touchdowns and threw for 112 yards and three more, as the Hornets - No. 1 in Northern California - locked up another ACAL title.

John Read had touchdown catches of 19 and 13 yards.

Alameda 26, Encinal 0

Doug Royer and Mickey Clary had short TD runs and the defense never let Encinal into the red zone in this one.

Alameda 39, Encinal 7

Doug Royer scored a pair of touchdowns and Bill Schmitz threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Gerry Crawford in this easy win.

A 50-yard run by Jin Tensley accounted for the Encinal score.

Alameda 12, Encinal 6

Encinal came into this one 4-0, but first-quarter touchdowns by Gerry Crawford and Pat Rivas put Alamead out in front 12-0 and the Hornets held on.

A 5-yard run by Ray Cruz late in the game allowed Encinal to avert the shutout.

Alameda 38, Encinal 0

Gary Fascilla ran the opening kickoff back 75 yards for a touchdown to get the Hornets going. Bill Short, Mike Kotte and Fascilla both finished with two touchdowns each.

The Hornets defense recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes.

Alameda 26, Encinal 7

Eric Cross and Frank George rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown apiece for Alameda. Gary Fascilla scored on a 60-yard pass and Mike Amos had an 85-yard interception return.

Encinal's backup quarterback, Rick Fenstermaker, got his team's only score on a 16-yard strike to Royce Ford.

Alameda 61, Encinal 0

A 115-yard, four-touchdown performance by Eric Cross ignited the Hornets in this early-season rout. Cross scored on runs of 55, 4, 3 and 2 yards and also intercepted a pass on defense.

Alameda 27, Encinal 6

Neil Fletcher ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns and the Hornets - coached by Forrest Klein and ranked No. 1 in Northern California - wrapped up a third straight 9-0 season and ACAL title.

It was Alameda's 32nd consecutive win.

Fletcher had 1,013 yards and 12 TDs for the year.

Alameda 19, Encinal 7

The Hornets locked up the ACAL South Division crown, as Dale Norton scored on a 1-yard run and a 30-yard pass from Greg Cockayne. Randy Crawford had 109 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Bob Leach's 24-yard TD run provided Encinal's only score.

Alameda 28, Encinal 21

The ACAL South Division champion Hornets got TD runs of 18, 12, 11 and 3 yards from Bob Jensen, which proved just enough to hold off a desperate fourth-quarter rally by Encinal.

Down 28-7, the Jets got a 29-yard interception return for a score from James Littlejohn. A fumble recovery by Rick Crouse helped set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Eric Shelton, but Encinal ran out of time.

Alameda also got 116 yards rushing from Steve Chavez. Bob Leach paced Encinal with 178 yards passing and a touchdown.

Alameda 28, Encinal 8

Dan Reynolds had 154 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback John Duncan threw for 192 yards and two scores for Alameda. Mark Dorfman had five catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Alameda 17, Encinal 14

QB George Calandri threw a 5-yard TD pass to Larry Plummer with one minute left in the game to secure the victory. Calandri was 11-for-14 passing for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

Jerome Shelton scored his 16th touchdown of the year for Encinal.

Encinal 29, Alameda 0

The first win in 20 attempts by the Jets and it was a resounding win. Dan Chaix threw three touchdown passes to lead Encinal. He hit Steve Hearne for scoring passesof 37 and 10 yards, and also found Don Lee on a 10-yarder.

 Mike Harrison rushed for 103 yards and a TD.

The Jets defense held Alameda to just 47 total yards and did not allow a single first down.

Alameda 34, Encinal 34

The game many will tell you is the greatest one in the history of the rivalry.

Encinal built a 34-13 lead, then watched in horror as Alameda rallied for 21 fourth-quarter points. Only a blocked PAT by Encinal tackle Andy Alfonso with 1:43 to play allowed the Jets to keep the tie.

Robbie Kahuanui, known as the ``Hawaiian Wonder,'' rushed for 261 yards and two TDs while also throwing for two scores. His 35-yard run in the final two minutes of the game tied the score.

Ray Crouse rushed for 195 yards and three TDs for the Jets, who also got 139 yards passing and a 2-yard TD run by quarterback Mike Harris.

Alameda 20, Encinal 0

A 2-yard run by Jim Ironside, a 28-yard Mike Michelito-to-Bob McClaughlin pass and Dwayne Brown's 9-yard scamper accounted for the Hornet's scoring.

Encinal was held to just 155 yards. Melvin Carver rushed for 75 of them.

Encinal 27, Alameda 8

The '77 Jets, who coach Bob Erbland called ``the finest group of athletes I've ever been associated with,'' locked up their first ACAL championship with this bruising win.

Gino Marceline rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns, Eddie Carvert had 114 yards on 22 carries, and quarterback Melvin Carter rushed for 121 yards and a score to push the Jets into the North Coast Section 2-A playoffs against San Lorenzo.

Alameda 39, Encinal 16

Mike Floyd, who rushed for over 1,000 yards this year, ran for three touchdowns to pace this big win.

Ric Hernandez also threw touchdowns of 27 and 10 yards to Paul Knott, and Kevin Werk added a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Sylvester Carver had a touchdown run and Tokumbo Thomas added a 26-yard field goal for Encinal.

Encinal 13, Alameda 7

The Jets ruined Alameda's homecoming and won the Alameda County Athletic league title, as quarterback Marvin White found Seth Rivard on a 40-yard TD pass with just over six minutes remaining in the game.

Encinal's other score came from John Livingston, who picked off a pitch in the Alameda backfield and rambled 58 yards for a touchdown.

Alameda scored on a 15-yard Paul Fenk-to-Jerry Nidhamrong pass for a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

Encinal 6, Alameda 0

The Jets upset the undefeated Hornets to earn a co-championship and grab the automatic spot in the NCS playoffs before an overflow crowd at Willie Stargell Field.

Marv White's 51-yard TD pass to John Livingston provided the only score in a game dominated by the defenses.

Alameda 7, Encinal 0

In a rainy and sloppy game, Alameda fullback Rick Young scored the only touchdown on a 40-yard run in the second quarter. Young set up the touchdown by recovering a fumble moments earlier.

Alameda 3, Encinal 0

The Hornets dominated this game, but the margin of victory was provided by David Kriwinsksi's 28-yard field goal with six seconds left to play.

Running back David Barbis had 183 yards on 37 carries for the Hornets. Steve Floyd was the defensive standout with seven tackles and a fumble recovery.

Encinal 28, Alameda 6

Michael Brown, substituting for injured Andre Hillstock, scored on a pair of 2-yard runs for Encinal. David Rider scored on a 6-yard run and Shawn Edwards recovered a fumble in the end zone.

Encinal 40, Alameda 9

The Jets crushed the Hornets to claim the ACAL title, as Dave Rider hit Carl Robertson with touchdown passes of 45 and 7 yards. Jesse Mims also had a 5-yard run and Andre Botley had an interception return for a touchdown.

Alameda quarterback Greg Fox Jr. hit Mike Hands with a 6-yard pass to account for the Hornets' only touchdown.

Encinal 27, Alameda 10

The Jets won the ACAL title again with a 27-10 victory over a formerly-undefeated Alameda team.

Jesse Tautalatasi had 117 yards rushing - including a 69-yard TD - while quarterback Billy McGovern ran for two scores. Blake Nichols had a 3-yard score.

Alameda turned the ball over five times and also misfired on a punt play deep in its own territory.

Encinal 8, Alameda 0

Weird thing, this rivalry. Alameda hadn't been scored on all season, but Blaik Nichols ended that with a 23-yard TD run in the first half. The TD was set up by a fumble on an Alameda punt snap that resulted in aa 25-yard loss.

Chris McCall's sack of Sam Florez in the end zone for a safety in the third quarter finished off the scoring.

Encinal 41, Alameda 20

Greg Johnson was the story this year, running for two 1-yard touchdowns and a 7-yarder, in addition to throwing TD passes of 51 and 27 yards to Cornell Miller.

Alameda's Ryan Jensen caught a 50-yard TD pass from Sam Flores, and James Simon had an 89-yard kickoff return for a score.

Alameda 27, Encinal 10

The Hornets got touchdown runs of 13 and 9 yards from Craig Martinez to upend the Jets. Joel Thornton had a 74-yard run for Encinal.

Encinal 14, Alameda 0

The Jets' ``Blue Curtain'' defense did a fine job, twice stopping fourth-and-goal plays to post the shutout.

Encinal quarterback Lamont Rider scored both touchdowns on runs of 3 and 1 yard. Running back Joel Thornton had 105 yards rushing and Darrell Williams had 76.

Encinal 28, Alameda 13

Andre Shelton rolled up 134 rushing yards and scored three TDs to complete the Jets' best season (7-3) in five years. Shelton had TD runs of 74 and 4 yards, and also ran a fumble back 75 yards for a score.

Brandon Padilla rushed for 60 yards and both of Alameda's touchdowns.

Alameda 22, Encinal 7

Hornets sophomore tailback Dan Nguyen had 201 yards rushing and touchdowns of 51 and 14 yards. Derek Bystrum also had a 6-yard TD run.

Rodney Joiner had a 25-yard touchdown run in the first half to give Encinal a short-lived 7-0 lead.

Encinal 20, Alameda 13

Encinal lost its first four games of the year and had been outscored 97-13, but the Jets stood tall in this one.

Encinal's defense held Alameda's star running back, Dan Nguyen to 132 yards on 29 carries, his lowest output of the year. He did, however, score twice on a 1-yard run and 82-yard kickoff return.

Lamont Brown scored on a 55-yard touchdown run and quarterback Ian Dewey had a 5-yard TD romp for the Jets.

Encinal 21, Alameda 14

The Jets came back from a 14-0 deficit behind 93 yards and two touchdowns from Jeremy Lang.

Encinal's defense did a superb job on Alameda star Dan Nguyen. The sturdy back had 176 yards and two touchdowns, but was held to just 46 yards in the second half.

Encinal 26, Alameda 7

The Jets completed an undefeated ACCAL season with a 26-point rally at muddy Thompson field.

Quarterback Chris Campbell hit wide receiver James Finley for touchdown passes of 51 and 22 yards, while running back Chad Jones had 150 yards and a score.

Alameda had taken a 7-0 lead just 58 seconds into the game on an 18-yard Scott Hennessee-to-Nathan Frye pass play. Jeremy Castro had 181 yards in his final high school game and finished with 1,309 for the year.

Alameda 21, Encinal 14

The Hornets rallied from a 14-0 deficit to win this one, as junior Trevor Davis - playing his first varsity game - rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Andy Zell threw a touchdown and Keith Releay's interception set up Alameda's winning TD.

Encinal got a 66-yard TD run from quarterback Adam Beverly and a 73-yard touchdown by running back Kevin Ward.

Encinal 28, Alameda 0

Trevor Davis, who played at Alameda in 1995 and then transferred to Encinal, paced the Jets to this easy win with 196 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Hornets fans, who saw their Homecoming ruined by Davis, spent the game chanting ``Traitor Trevor, don't come back.''

Encinal's defense was led by sophomore tackle Jamerio Hickmon, a 6-5, 278-pounder who repeatedly stuffed the Hornets' running game. The only Alameda runner with any success was Shaun Bryson, who ran for 128 yards.

Encinal 22, Alameda 20

It happened early on - in the second quarter, actually - but placekicker Eric Wilson made the key play in this one viewed by an estimated 4,000 fans.

A blown PAT snap forced Wilson to run with the ball and he barely reached the end zone with a dive and a stretch to give the Jets a 15-14 lead. Kevin Ward also had 116 rushing for the Jets.

Quarterback Mike Knudsen threw a pair of touchdown passes for Alameda.

Alameda 46, Encinal 12

Running back Tyree Wright was a human highlight film, rushing for 300 yards and three touchdowns to pace an easy Hornets win.

He had plenty of support, though. Luis Licea also ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns and even quarterback Larry Collins had 105 yards and two scores.

The Jets' highlight consisted of Jermale Jackson's 150 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Encinal 49, Alameda 15

The Jets avenged the 1998 blowout, as DeVonn Harding exploded for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Alameda running back Ryan Smith had 14 carries for 80 yards and both of the team's touchdowns.

Encinal 34, Alameda 7

Nobody could stop Jets running back Tyree Jackson this night. He went for 217 yards and touchdowns of 49, 46 and 19 yards, as Encinal rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit.

Thomas Ikaika chipped in on defense, scoring touchdowns on a 37-yard interception return and a 17-yard fumble return.

David Ballerina had a 2-yard TD run for the Hornets, under the leadership of first-year coach Kevin Hennessee.

Encinal 27, Alameda 7

DeAndre Green had an 84-yard touchdown run on the Jets' first possession and it was smooth running after that. Green finished with 170 yards.

Patrick Lankford rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns for Alameda.

Alameda 21, Encinal 6

Mark Gillman was everywhere in this one for the Hornets.

He caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Tom Gay and also had a sack, fumble recovery and interception on defense. Teammate Tavis Ve'e contributed 118 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Alameda finished 7-3 for the year, but was stiffed by NCS in its quest for an at-large berth.

Drew Dozier's 75-yard touchdown run was the highlight for Encinal.

Alameda 30, Encinal 21

Shades of the glory years, the Hornets clinch the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League title with tough win over the Jets.

Tavis Ve'e, the league rushing champion and MVP, ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns to nail down the win. Even better, the title gave Alameda the automatic ACCAL berth into the NCS playoffs. It marked the first time since 1978 Alameda played in the postseason.

Drew Dozier put on a yeoman performance for Encinal in the loss, running for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

Note: Recaps before 2004
were compiled by Steve Herendeen of the Oakland Tribune;
recaps starting in 2004 were prepared by our crack website staff.

2004 ( 50th Anniversary Game )
Alameda 50, Encinal 36

On the 50th Anniversary of the Island Bowl, the Hornets scored 50 points en route to 50-36 win over the Jets. 

Alameda’s offense relied on the tandem running of Xavier Miller (204-yds, 3 TDs) and Jonathan Ve’e (101-yds, 4 TDs), while the Jets rode the back of the equally able Cyrus Grant (168-yds, 4 TDs). 

The outcome was still in question until deep into the 4th Quarter when Encinal came roaring back to within one score, but instead of the expected onside kick, the Jets tried to catch the Hornets off guard and booted the ball deep. Devin Grigg ended the suspense by running the kick back 79 yards to set up a clinching Hornet touchdown. 

The two teams combined for an Island Bowl record 86 cumulative points in this 50th Anniversary match-up.

Alameda 21, Encinal 20

In another exciting finish, Alameda held on to beat the host Jets in this 51st meeting of the two cross-town rivals.

Both teams relied heavily on their running games, with Cyrus Grant (108-yds, 2-TDs) carrying the load for Encinal, and Jonathan Ve'e (153-yds, 2-TDs) for Alameda.

The lead changed hands 5 times, with the Jets scoring in the closing minutes to pull within 1-pt.  Encinal then elected to go for the 2-pt conversion and the win instead of the tie, but the Hornet defense kept them out of the end zone. 

Encinal still had a chance to snatch victory from defeat in the closing seconds, when they recovered their onside kick and were approaching Alameda's red zone.  But on 4th-and-three, Alameda safety Devin Grigg (despite having broken his hand earlier during the onside kick) broke through Encinal's line, and tackled Grant -- who was running a sweep -- for a 2-yard loss to end the threat, and the game.

Alameda 31, Encinal 0  

In a game marred by a record number of penalties, Alameda kept its focus and recorded the first Island Bowl shutout in 17 years; beating their cross-town rivals 31-0.

Despite the lopsided score, Encinal was in this contest, but they kept shooting themselves in the foot with inopportune turnovers and disastrous personal foul penalties, which halted Jet drives and helped keep the Hornets on the move.

Spear-heading the Hornet offense, Jeff Murphy hit Niko Aumua for two TD passes, while Cameron Brown and Blake Reno-Bautista combined for nearly 200-yds on the ground.  But it was the Hornet defense that was the real star of this game; bending - but not breaking - and keeping the Jet offense out of the end-zone till the final gun.

Encinal 25, Alameda 8

Encinal's Jeff Owens rushed for 204 yards and three TDs to lead the Jets over the visiting Hornets.  The win snapped a 5-game Encinal losing streak to cross-town rival Alameda.

A muddied QB, Wes Moyer, was all over the field for Alameda in this one; throwing, running and playing a tenacious linebacker, but it was not enough to spark the Hornets.

Cameron Brown scored the lone TD for Alameda on a 2-yard run in the 3rd quarter.

Encinal 38, Alameda 10

Encinal's Dominique Sashington scored three touchdowns, and quarterback Jonathan Brown added one on a 64-yard romp in the third quarter as the Jets' speed and athleticism simply was too much for the young Hornets.

Sashington started things off just a minute and a half into the game when he intercepted a tipped pass and ran 26 yards for a touchdown. Other scorers for the Jets included Tyronne Duckett with a 22-yard TD run and Corey Portis who booted a 28-yard field goal.

For the Hornets, James Powell ran well but just couldn't get untracked.  QB Tim Han scored Alameda's only TD on a 1-yard run and Edgar Casteneda added a 34-yard field goal to cap Alameda's scoring.

Encinal 34, Alameda 16

The Jets built a 34-3 lead midway through the fourth quarter before the Hornets were finally able to crack their red zone woes and cross the goal line for two late scores.

The tone was set early when Tony Nix ran the opening kick-off 100-yds down to the Hornet 1-yard line. Encinal then got touchdown runs by Tyrone Duckett, Kimani Washington, and Matt Meno. The Jets also scored on a 63-yard pass from Duckett to Paul Okamura.

Alameda got an early field goal from Edgar Casteneda, and then Hornet QB Tom Ruckman threw a pair of late touchdowns to Qais Shaghashi and Keith Murray to cap the Hornet scoring. Michael Cunningham carried the load for Alameda, rushing for 123-yds on 27 carries. 

Encinal 27, Alameda 12

In the 56th playing of the Island Bowl, the Hornets played the bigger, faster Jets close in the first quarter, but then Encinal's athleticism began take it's toll.

Jonathan Allen rushed for 100 yards and two TDs to lead the Jet charge. Paul Okamura added 141 more yards of offense for Encinal to help keep the chains moving and the ball away from Alameda.

The Hornets were inconsistent on offense, looking good at times, but they never could get into a rhythm, with two nice drives ultimately ending in field goals. Defensively, Alameda made many excellent plays, but allowed the occasional a big play, which was all that Encinal would need.

Encinal scored first blood on a 66-yard TD run by Allen. But the Hornets responded with an 8-play, 58-yard drive capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tom Ruckman to Zac Alfers to tie the game at 6-6.

From there, the Jets methodically built a 20-9 lead at halftime, and were able to hold on for the win. 

Encinal 45, Alameda 41

No. 6-ranked Encinal (2-1) avoided an upset as it blocked a pair of punts that led to touchdowns, and rallied to beat upstart cross-town rival Alameda 45-41 in the 57th annual Island Bowl.

Encinal scored first, but Alameda responded with two quick TDs to take a 14-7 lead to end the 1st quarter. The Jets tied the game and took the lead in the 2nd quarter, but the game remained close throughout the contest, with the Jets ultimately holding on for the win.

The Jets were lead by QB Andrew Ve'e, who was 6/11 passing for 91 yards and 1 TD. Ve'e also ran for 70 yards and added 2 more scores. Bo Banks caught 4 passes for 58 yards and a TD; Jon Trodder rushed for 92 yards and a score, and kicker Aladdin Natouf contributed 9-pts, going 6/6 on PATs + a field goal.

For the Hornets, Zac Alfers caught 7 passes for 144 yards and 2 TDs, and Keelan Doss gained 112 yards on 7 receptions and scored a TD of his own. Andrew Cooper and Sulaiman Hameed both added touchdowns, with Hameed adding ten tackles and a fumble recovery on defense. But the star of the evening was Antonio Manibusan, the Hornet QB, who passed for 392 yards (23/36), 5 touchdowns, with no interceptions. Antonio also rushed for 43 yards including an end zone run, and was all over the field contributing 12 tackles on defense.

Encinal 22, Alameda 15

The 58th Annual Island Bowl was another nail-biter, with the score changing hands and remaining close throughout, before the Jets snagged their 6th win in a row with a last minute electrifying 97-yard run.

Alameda scored first on a sustained drive capped by a 2-yd plunge by Adam Awa. But Encinal came roaring back to take the lead in the 3rd, scoring on it's first two possessions on runs by Austin Ve'e and Isaiah Hunter.

In the 4th, the Hornets came back to life and re-took the lead on a 13-yard Jesse Lewis to Chris Bussey TD pass, capped by a gutsy call for a 2-pt conversion. James Knight carried the ball into the end zone for a 15-14 Hornet lead.

But the Jets were able to retain the Island Bowl trophy, when -- with less than a minute left and backed up against their own goal-line, Tyrell Carrigan broke through the Hornet defense and raced 97-yards for the winning touchdown.

Though the game was mostly dominated by strong defensive play, Encinal's Carrigan did rush for 106 yards (most coming from his game winning run), while Alameda's Knight carried for 75, and Bussey collected 78 yards in the air.

Encinal 14, Alameda 10

For the 59th Annual Island Bowl, the weather down at Encinal's field could not have been nicer. In fact, it was perfect. 

But that was the highlight of the evening for Hornet fans, as the team struggled to maintain any consistency on offense, and could only muster a 1st quarter Eli Hernandez to Keelan Doss 15-yd touchdown pass, plus a Nick Chen 36-yd FG tacked on in the 3rd.

Encinal was not faring a whole lot better, however, and this was anyone's game for the taking down to the final minutes. The Hornet defense played the Jets tough for most of the game, but a special teams lapse in the 3rd quarter, allowed a 60-yd kickoff return by the Jet's Jordan Parker, which set up the Jets go-ahead touchdown; an Isaiah Hunter 1-yard plunge. 

Hunter also scored the Jet's first TD, a 6-yard run, which had tied up the game 7-7 midway through the 2nd quarter.

Beyond Parker's 60-yd kick return, this game lacked what has become a trademark of past Island Bowls... big, dramatic plays.

Alameda wins by forfeit  
by Phil Jensen ~ Oakland Tribune

The Encinal High varsity football team forfeited what would have been the 60th Island Bowl game between the two rivals, after a fight broke out on the field the preceding week (in a game vs. Center-Antelope) and most of the Encinal players on the bench ran out onto the field.

Alameda 39, Jets 23

Alameda already had the trophy due to last year's Encinal forfeit, but they wanted to win it back outright, which is just what they did - helped in large part by jumping out to an early 26-0 lead.

The Hornet attack was led by QB Devin Nash who threw 3 TD passes to Antonio Riley (2) and Josh Bolding (1); Adam Joo added a rushing TD; plus Kenden Robinson returned a fumble for a TD; and Taj Banks rounded out the scoring with a pick-6 to cap the win.

After a frustrating/scoreless first half, the Jets finally managed to get on the board in the 2nd half, scoring 3 times, but it was not nearly enough to overcome the early deficit.