The Freedom High football team used a strong second half to extend its regular season win streak to 17 in a row as the Falcons outlasted San Leandro 40-28 at Burrell Field.
Junior Giles Jackson ran for a game-high 156 yards and two touchdowns while scoring a third on a screen as Freedom (4-0) scored the final 27 points of the game.
Sophomore quarterback Joey Aguilar overcame two first half interceptions for the Falcons to finish with 285 yards on 15 for 27 passing and four touchdowns, three of them to standout receiver Baylei Coston. Coston hauled in six receptions for 140 yards on the evening.
“We came out fast but we slowed down in the second quarter,” Jackson said. “Coming out of halftime we picked each other up and did a tremendous job stepping up on both sides of the ball.”
The Pirates ran the ball effectively to finish with 322 yards on the ground, including 202 in the first half as Jermaine Jackson scored on a 17-yard blast up the middle to take a 28-13 lead with 2:49 left in the first half. Jermaine Jackson ran for 110 yards and reached the end zone three times for the Pirates.
Freedom answered right before halftime, going 55 yards in six plays that ended when Aguilar hit Coston in the corner of the end zone for a 25-yard pass play, cutting the Pirates lead to nine.
In the Falcons first possession of the second half Giles Jackson took a screen from Aguilar down the sideline for a 43-yard pass play to the end zone. His 2-point conversion pulled Freedom within a point at 28-27.
The defense of the Falcons then forced two straight three-and-outs.
“Our defense getting those stops for us gave us the momentum we needed to take over the game,” Giles…
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