Tigers get first win at OHigh

Tigers get first win at OHigh

Benjamin Schmookler

WHAT A RUSH: Senior Marcus Robinson picks up more yards against Oakland High Wildcats on Oct. 21. The Tigers are now 1-1 in the Oakland Athletic League.

Strengthened by newly eligible players, the Fremont Tigers captured their first win on Oct. 21 in a 14-2 pouncing of Oakland High on the Wildcats’ home turf.

“It made me feel good,” said running back Marcus Robinson about his first game of the season. “It made me feel successful, and I know we had it in us to win”

Robinson, a senior at Media Academy, scored a touchdown on a five-yard run in the second quarter and was second in rushing for the Tigers with 56 yards.

Running back Sione Moli also made it into the Wildcats’ end zone, scoring a touchdown off a five-yard run in the third quarter. Moli, a senior from College Preparatory & Architecture Academy, was the top rusher with 80 yards.

Pedro Alejandre and Joel Lopez each kicked successfully after each touchdown. The Wildcats scored a safety in the fourth quarter.

The win puts the Tigers in a two-way tie for second place in the Oakland Athletic League with Skyline. McClymonds is now 2-0. Both Fremont and Skyline have lost to McClymonds.

But the Tigers are optimistic that they can keep winning.

“We do got what it takes. We got a strong team,” said Coach Isamu Falevai.

“All we need is commitment, teamwork and to say that we have what it takes,” said Alejandre.
Without many of its key players — Robinson, quarterback Gregory Pierson and Azel Grazty — Fremont struggled against its earlier opponents.

In an Oct. 14 home game against defending league champs McClymonds, the Tigers came up short, 32-15.

They also lost to Miramonte 0-30, Clayton Valley 6-31 and Liberty 0-40 in non-league play. The Tigers had to forfeit to Chowchilla and Galileo earlier in the season because they did not have enough players eligible to play.

Two years ago, the Tigers started 0-6, but went on to win the Silver Bowl.