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High school football: Como Park earns season’s first win with homecoming victory over Johnson



High school football: Como Park earns season’s first win with homecoming victory over Johnson

In a Twin City Gold divisional matchup Saturday, Como Park defeated Johnson 22-6 to win its first game of the season on their school’s homecoming.

“The key is we got a win,” Cougars head coach Kirby Scull said. “We just made enough plays, we eliminated some mistakes and played hard.”

After a quick defensive stop on the Governors’ opening drive, Como Park (1-3) started on Johnson’s 28-yard line after a long punt return, and senior running back Santos Aguirre did the rest.

Aguirre began his big day by converting a short fourth down and eventually found the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown run. Como Park would take an early 6-0 lead after a botched extra-point attempt.

In the second quarter, the Cougars converted on another fourth down that led to another touchdown. Quickly after the conversion, senior quarterback Jude Breen connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Dekedrick Johnson with five minutes left in the first half to extend the Cougars’ lead to 14-0 after a successful two-point conversion.

Como Park went into halftime with a 14-0 lead after a dominating first half. They forced Johnson (0-4) into three turnovers on downs, one punt, and they intercepted junior quarterback Elijah Knox on a long pass as time expired in the second quarter.

However, Johnson came out strong early in the second half as they forced a fumble on Como Park’s opening drive. The Governors cut into the Cougars’ lead after Knox ran for a touchdown to bring the score to 14-6 after a missed extra point.

For much of the remainder of the second half, the game was a defensive battle. The Cougars punted on their next two possessions, while the Governors turned the ball over on downs on their next two.

With just minutes remaining, the Cougars took over possession of the football, leading the Governors 14-6. Aguirre broke loose for a huge 66-yard touchdown down the right sideline.

Como Park would go on to convert their second two-point conversion of the evening to extend their lead.

“I think our goal is to become better every week,” Governors head coach Eric Moberg said. “Como played well. Hat’s off to them. They did things well and they executed.”

Aguirre had 22 carries for 118 yards and two touchdowns, Breen had four completions for 45 yards and one touchdown, and Johnson had three catches for 35 yards, one touchdown and one two-point conversion.

“Those three guys are some of our key guys,” Scull said. “We need them to make plays if we got a shot, and they all made plays today. It was huge.”

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