Jackets’ Spirit Week includes 53-6 win over El Cerrito

Rally Day at BHS before the Jackets' homecoming win/Photo: BUSD

At least two of Berkeley High’s teams are riding high in the wake of Spirit Week. The girls’ golf team won their league and last week placed 10th out of 33 teams in the Division I golf qualifier. That achievement gained them entry to the Norcal Division I championships, which start today at Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch.

While low scores were the key for the golfers, the Jackets football team is racking up eye-wateringly high scores these days.

After a slow start to the season, with a 2-3 record after five games, consider this sequence of winning scores: 47-0 against Alameda, 63-0 against De Anza, 59-0 against Richmond, and 53-6 against El Cerrito. In case you didn’t get your calculator out, that’s a combined score of 222-6.

Friday’s homecoming game against El Cerrito featured two Yellowjackets touchdowns in the first 36 seconds of the game. Running back Rudolpho James ran 71 yards for a touchdown on the Jackets’ first play from scrimmage. El Cerrito fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Jackets quarterback Logan Murdock completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jamel Whetstone on the next play.

The Jackets still have a chance of sharing a fourth straight ACCAL title, but it depends on El Cerrito beating first place Pinole Valley this Friday. The Jackets close out their regular season away at Hercules on Friday.