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Football Holds On In Final Seconds for First Win of Season

By Ryan Owens, Staff Writer

// The football team picked up a huge win over the Vintage Crushers of Napa on Friday, Aug. 24 by a score of 28-27.

   The game was played at Napa Memorial Stadium, home to the preseason training camp of the Oakland Raiders.

   The Dons fell into an 8-0 first quarter deficit after a dominating drive to the end zone by Vintage.  The dormant Acalanes offense, which scored only once in its last game, woke up and scored 21 unanswered points to go into halftime with a 21-8 lead. Junior wide receiver Jack Muren made an unbelievable diving catch for one of the three Dons receiving touchdowns in the first half.       

   Junior quarterback Nick Kresnak found senior running back Keaziah Smith for a touchdown early in the third quarter, marking the last time the Dons would score.

   “Our offensive line really stepped up and gave me time to throw the ball.  Also our receivers made my job easy by getting open often,” Kresnak said of the Dons’ offense.

   After Smith’s touchdown, the tides began to turn in favor of the Crushers. Behind a run heavy offense, Vintage began to wear down the Dons’ stingy defense. On the ensuing drive, the Crushers scored, cutting the Dons lead to 28-15 entering the final period.

   Vintage continued its serious comeback in the fourth quarter.  A 56 yard passing touchdown early in the quarter made the score 28-21. The Dons’ offense stalled on several offensive drives, and gave the ball to the Crushers with about five minutes left in the game.  

   Vintage marched down the field and powered their way into the end zone with just over a minute left in the game, pulling the Crushers within one point of the Dons. Vintage initially lined up to go for a two point conversion, but was handed a penalty for having too many players on the field.  

   The Crushers then opted to kick a point after touchdown and potentially tie the game, but senior outside linebacker Nick Bettencourt came up with a huge block and preserved the Dons’ one point lead.

   The Dons will look to string together another win on the road again this week against Rodriguez of Fairfield. “I am looking forward to this week’s game against Rodriguez because their defense blitzes almost every play, which means they will have fewer defenders to guard our receivers,” Kresnak said about this week’s matchup.  

Around the League

   The DAL-Foothill division had another successful week, with three of the five teams winning their games. Clayton Valley Charter blew out Stellar Prep, 56-0.  Las Lomas is out to a 2-0 start this season after beating Alhambra 48-13. Northgate fell to Bay Valley League power Deer Valley, 58-6. Miramonte defeated Hillsdale on the road by a score of 38-6.  Campolindo did not play last week.

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