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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Redemption works for Francis Parker in win over Bishop's

SPECIAL TO THE UNION-TRIBUNE
October 18, 2008
Football can be a game of redemption, and no one knows that better than Francis Parker High's Myles Muagututia. When stadium announcers mispronounce his name, he gives them plenty of shots at redemption because he usually gets several catches in a game.

“It's a difficult Samoan name to pronounce,” Muagututia said. “I give them credit for trying.” Muagututia sought a little redemption of his own last night after fumbling a 47-yard catch into the end zone at the beginning of the second half. He got it in the fourth quarter on a 34-yard touchdown reception that proved to be the difference in a 31-23 victory over Bishop's.

“Both plays were big plays,” said Francis Parker coach John Morrison. “Any time Myles is singled up we are in good shape.”

Francis Parker (5-1, 1-0) was trailing 17-14 when Muagututia fumbled, but it didn't come back to hurt the Lancers, who forced Bishop's (4-3, 0-1) to punt on the ensuing drive.

“On both plays it was like mental telepathy between us,” said Muagututia about his connection with Deon Randall. “It was not the same play on both catches, but it was the same connection.”

Muagututia finished with four catches for 109 yards and the touchdown. “It's rough to connect sometimes because other teams scheme to take Myles away from us,” Randall said.

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