By Ryan Owens, Online Sports Editor
// The football team has played at a high level for most of the season, suffering only two losses on the road against tough Vintage and Las Lomas teams.
In their five wins, the Dons have outscored their opponents 261-67, usually putting teams away in the first half. The offense has torched opposing secondaries, throwing for 1762 yards and 19 touchdowns while the defense has picked off eight passes and recovered six fumbles.
But this Friday, Acalanes will meet their biggest test of the season, hosting rival Campolindo. The Cougars come to Lafayette with an impressive 6-1 record using great all around play to run through most of their schedule.
While the Dons boast a prolific passing attack, the Cougars take to the ground game with 1030 rushing yards on the season.
“Stopping the run will be very crucial because Las Lomas ran it very well and we expect Campo to do the same thing,” senior defensive back Rob Montoya said.
In their two losses, the Dons have surrendered a combined 642 rushing yards. Containing the run will be key to defensive success.
Last week, three bad snaps and some unnecessary penalties plagued the Dons offense, prematurely killing drives and taking a made field goal off the scoreboard. A focused effort will be crucial to a cleaner played game this week.
“Knowing our assignments and executing them and making plays,” senior linebacker Carson Gragg said.
A Strong Senior Class
Once upon a time, the Class of 2020 freshman team dominated Campo 35-14. The next year, then sophomoresTommy Thrasher, Jake Delaney and Nick Kresnak contributed to the varsity team’s thrilling victory over the school from Moraga. This year’s seniors are looking to win three of four against Campolindo, an impressive feat.
No Fly Zone
The Dons defense has intercepted an opposing quarterback in every game this year, displaying excellent pass coverage. Any interceptions this week will certainly improve the team’s chances versus the Cougars.