Boys Varsity Football · Mustangs top cross-town rival Fremont in Battle of the Bell

Homestead bested Fremont 12-6 under the Friday night lights, winning the Battle of the Bell
Photo by Edmond Kwong

The week after a 67-6 win over South San Francisco, Homestead returned home for it’s third-straight game to open the season.

The Mustangs took down the rival Firebirds 12-6 in the Battle of the Bell, and advanced their record to 2-1.

Things kicked off early, as senior Harold Rucker III took a punt return 60 yards to the house – giving Homestead a 6-0 lead before the offense took the field.

From there it was junior quarterback and kicker Gabe Solorio who punched through two field goals for the locals, while visiting Fremont managed to find the endzone in the third quarter to make it a one-score game.

A long drive in the fourth quarter allowed the Mustangs to eat the clock, allowing the Firebirds one last drive to tie or win the game – a drive that ended with an incomplete pass in the endzone.

Senior Jared Wade led the defense with 10 total tackles, while Rucker III provided a boost on the ground in the form of 10 carries for 114 yards.

With a big win at home, and the bell secure, the Mustangs would travel to Kings Academy for their first road game of the season the following Friday, the last contest before entering league play.