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Posted: Saturday, November 6, 2004 7:53 am | Updated: 5:15 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

November 6, 2004

Three weeks into the high school football season, throwing McClintock into the state playoff mix was borderline delusional.

With the regular season now complete, what would the postseason be without the Chargers, who advanced to the 4A state playoffs after a convincing 34-0 win over host Phoenix Washington Friday.

"Some pretty weird things would have to happen for us not to get in," McClintock coach Steve Campbell said.

McClintock, which opened the season with three straight losses, finished on a roll with six wins in the last seven games. And the Chargers ended the run in style, collecting a season-high 34 points and adding a stellar defensive effort against an outmanned Washington team that finished the year 1-9.

McClintock (6-4, 5-1 Skyline Region) went into Friday’s game No. 13 in the power points and needing a win to qualify for the postseason. The Chargers wound up second in their region behind league champion Phoenix Moon Valley.

Running back Garfield Anderson carried the ball only four times on Friday, but on three of those carries, Anderson scored touchdowns. He wound up with 100 total yards, including an 82-yard scoring run in the third quarter. He was one of 10 McClintock players to carry the ball on Friday, a group that combined for 329 yards on the ground.

"I think we’ve rushed for over 1,700 yards now and don’t have one back over 500 yards," Campbell said.

Despite giving up the football on an onside kick to open the game, the Chargers dominated the first half and led 27-0 at the break.

Washington’s only quality drive of the first half ended when quarterback Martel Watkins fumbled. With everyone else standing around thinking the play was over, McClintock’s Tyrell Lindsey scooped up the ball and raced 72 yards for the touchdown.

Quarterback Gavin Lemusu had one of his best games of the season for McClintock going 9-of-12 passing for 109 yards and one touchdown, a 4-yard pass to Joe Bagby in the second quarter.

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