Christmas in July: Will ‘CIF Claus’ Bring Good News or Something We Just Do Not Want?!

Christmas in July:  Will ‘CIF Claus’ Bring Good News or Something We Just Do Not Want?!

What if Christmas doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more! Like a football team on a field and the Dons with a Big Score!

The NBA is aspiring to host a bubble season in Orlando with COVID-19 and a 113 page rule book stuffed with health protocols. College campus are welcoming back their football players, as they slowly gear up for the Fall season. In Iowa things are different for young athletes. Iowa was the first state to resume high school athletic competition since COVID-19 shut down all high school play in mid-March. At least a hundred games are scheduled each day throughout Iowa with most teams playing doubleheaders.

A packed house at Acalanes

How Much Longer Must We Wait? Please, Santa Don’t Be Late!

What’s clear is that high schools are trying to keep hope alive about resuming high school sports this fall across the country.  Teams have started workouts, then stopped, then started again and  that’s precisely the kind of situation CIF (the California Interscholastic Federation)  has said it wants to avoid. A decision on when the high school sports season might return is expected by July 20. California State high school sports organizations and administrators have never had to work so  hard or make tougher decisions.   The murky wait-and-see that has gripped high school sports since the start of the mid-March COVID-19 pandemic could get some clarity in the upcoming weeks.

While Visions of Sugar Plums, Touchdowns, Tackles and Victories Danced in their Heads

CIF, (the California Interscholastic Federation)  the state’s governing body for high school sports, announced that July 20 is its cut-off date to determine if the season will be altered. “As our member schools begin planning for the reopening of school,” part of the release read, “the CIF, in collaboration with our 10 sections, will be determining by July 20 if fall sports will continue as currently scheduled.” get updates at:

There is also Facebook page dedicated to NorCal high school football parents called Allow High School Football in 2020.  Facebook parents engage in an intense debate over football. Will the country’s most-watched sport be played this fall? And if so, how? Parents vent their concerns, worries and share different scenarios of the football season roll out: Start in October or January? Play in the Spring? A shortened season? Basically, many parents are feeling it will be a coin flip whether football is played at all. Again, CIF will roll out their sports requirements/recommendations on July 20 and Acalanes will digest and pass guidelines around July 22 or 23.

No Matter What I Get for Christmas Football is All I Really Need!

What will it take for high school football to return to California in 2020? Right now, that’s the million dollar question and every possible scenario is on the table. But what about the players?! What about our Dons?! What are our Dons feeling as they ride the football roller coaster?!

Spreading Christmas Don Cheer!

Joey Carrillo #70 is a Senior on Varsity team and is one to watch on the Varsity team this year. He is a force on the Dons line. MaxPreps notes that Carrillo averages 5.3 sacks per game. As like many Dons, Joey is anxious to play football and knock some people around. Adding the undefeated JV team to the Varsity squad, Joey confidentially stated, we are going to be really, really good this year!

Victor Nicolasakis is a Sophomore on our JV team. Restricted practices are not ideal, but Victor looks at the positive in it, I am enjoying how I get to leave the house for an hour and get a workout whether it is beneficial for the football season or not. I am always looking to perfect myself and work hard. Workouts are tough but they are getting easier as I work out more and get back into shape. Victor wants to be ready for this season, because he knows it is going to be a great JV season, we are very good, we work hard, we have discipline and know how to execute under a great coaching staff.

Anthony Ortale is a Junior on our Varsity football team, he plays Defensive End and Tackle. Ortale is one tough cookie and it is fun to watch Ortale wreck havoc on the opposition. He is loving the summer football training, I’m enjoying able to practice again especially after missing out Spring football. Ortale is looking forward to a winning season for the Dons because of three things: Work, Ethic and Talent. Anthony wants football to happen as well as school, I miss being away from school for so long, I miss going to school five days a week.

Dear Santa, We Want it All!

Dons Football is Back: Bigger, Better and 100% Won-DON-derful!

Dons Football is Back: Bigger, Better and 100% Won-DON-derful!


What a year it’s been. Surely not one that any of us had planned for or expected. As we slowly move towards reopening and getting back to some sort of new normal, it’s important to focus as much as possible on positive experiences for our young men.

The Acalanes coaches, Andy (Touchdown Club) and Jane (Sports Booster) have said, Acalanes has a long history of football excellence. This is not only reflected in the win/loss column, but more importantly in the way it has molded the incredible players who have come through the program over the years.

The truth is, there really is nothing like the camaraderie and brotherhood of football. Other sports try to replicate it, but there is nothing like suiting up on Friday night and going to battle with your brothers while your friends and family cheer you on. Football is an intense sport that requires dedication, toughness and most importantly teamwork. Every single player plays a critical role in the success of the team, from the first summer workout through the last game of the year.

So let’s be thankful for the opportunity that we may have taken for granted before, with the start of summer practice this week, and truly appreciate the joy it provides our boys during this time of uncertainty. As Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights said many times, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose”.  Are you ready? Are you psyched? Then GO DONS!

Jeff Julian, Proud Acalanes Football Parent

Congrats to Our Seniors: It’s Kick Off Time!

Congrats to Our Seniors: It’s Kick Off Time!

Are You Ready For Some Football Graduation?  

We know you are Football Seniors! You leave your mark as  2019 DAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS on the Acalanes Field Forever!

It is time for you to tackle new goals, new dreams and new victories!

Dear Seniors, You are in the process of finishing a course you began years ago when your parents enrolled you in kindergarten to begin your educational journey.  Your journey has included growth in many areas.  The academic challenges met, the social skills developed, and the physical growth seen, are all a part of the bigger picture of the educational process.


You participated in Acalanes football  for a variety of reasons.  You may have loved the challenge.  It could be you liked the camaraderie of being on a champion team.  Perhaps you were highly skilled and received a lot of recognition for your efforts.  Maybe being on a team was just fun and thrilling, but whatever the case, you participated and were subject to learning all of the discipline and principles that being involved in football teaches. Football is more than just a game; it teaches lessons that the players carry with them long after they’ve hung up their cleats. Teamwork, discipline, perseverance, goal-setting, time management, selflessness, motivation, handling success and moving on from failure top the long list of lessons. Acalanes football also gives each athlete special memories, lifelong friends and coaches who truly care about each one of you.


As a graduating senior athlete, you have been challenged to set your goals high, stretch yourself, and to be industrious in all that you do.  You have also been taught that football  is a preparation for life and what you learn from being on a team is a microcosm of life.  The things your coaches taught you about life are about to begin making sense.  You will soon see what they meant, and you will be grateful.


Acalanes football has  played an important role in your educational process. Coaches, teachers, and parents have finished their task of training you.  Take what you have learned from all of them and make a smooth transition into “the rest of your life”.  We wish you the best! Your football family will be cheering for you!

-Dons Love from Your Acalanes Football Family

Once a Don, Always a Don!

Good Luck Dons of 2020!

Rolling out the ‘Blue’ Carpet to Welcome the 2020 Frosh Football Dons to AHS!

Rolling out the ‘Blue’ Carpet to Welcome the 2020 Frosh Football Dons to AHS!

Question: Do you know what the worst part of football is? Answer: When the season ends!

Freshman Brothers 2019

Welcome to Acalanes Football! I am Jane, your Football Booster Rep for Acalanes Sports Boosters and a proud Football parent! And if your son is kicking off with Acalanes Football as a freshman…HE IS GOING TO LOVE IT !

HEY-HEY-HABAS! Andrew Habas -2019 Coach’s Player Award winner

Freshman football and high school athletics, in general, are a huge benefit to anyone willing to give them a try. Football creates a special bond. This is because it’s a sport where you cannot hide. You might be doing great until a play knocks you down. As a football player, you don’t get up alone you have your team with you.  They know what it feels like to get knocked down, because it has happened to them.  This mutual understanding builds a bond like no other.  This bond leads to accountability to each other as a team.

Football is the ultimate team sport. To win, you need all the parts and pieces to work together. There is definitely no I in team. Every single position in football is important. Every single one, from the center, to the kicker, to the offensive line. If the ball is not snapped correctly, the quarterback will not get it. If the offensive line doesn’t hold its blocks, our quarterback will be sacked, which means he can’t hand the ball to the running back or pass it to the wide receiver for the touchdown. Eleven different people must be working toward a common goal, each doing their part to the best of their ability.

Together we fight! Together we win!

The one big benefit of playing freshman football is the friendships made in the summer before school even starts. Just a few weeks with your new teammates will cement friendships that will make that first day of walking on campus even better than it would be otherwise. All incoming freshmen are nervous and unsure of themselves, but football kids have an extra 40+ friends from the team walking onto the AHS campus with them.

The 2019 Diablo Athletic League Co-Champions

Question: Are You a Mom That is Worried About Your Son Playing Frosh Football? Answer: No need for that! You are in great hands with a stellar coaching staff!

We are not ‘cougars’…WE ARE PROUD DON MOMS!

My oldest son was a freshman last year. When he expressed a desire to play football, absolutely I was a tad freaked out. But that did not last long. As a tackle football mom virgin, there was a great deal I didn’t know about the religion that is high school football. Floyd Burnsed is amazing football leader along with JV Coach Greg Young and Frosh Coach Bill Hansen. Safety and the well being of each player is the #1 concern for all the coaching staff at Acalanes. They spend countless months, days, and hours on the field and off, helping our children to become the best they can be. The coaching staff gives the teams direction and motivation to help them reach their goals. They have a plan, they are organized and they find a way to encourage the team to believe and work together. Fact: AHS Sport with my most concussions last year was NOT football. The bottom line is the benefits far outweigh the risks in football. Safety #1!

With Frosh Coach Bill Hansen and the coaching staff, your freshman son is in good hands! The boys on the Frosh team will be more than teammates. They will be brothers!  Games are exciting and the boys will grow right in front of their proud parents cheering them on in the stands. I have so many GREAT freshman football memories that still bring tears to my eyes. Here are my top 5:

1.The First Touchdown of the season! Boy! This is exhilarating for the players and the parents! Actually, I have two #1 favorites. Toby’s first touchdown too. Toby came to play in Game 4 of the season for his first game as a Don… First kick of the game is kicked directly to Toby and he scored a touchdown on the kick return within 5 seconds. Spectacular!

2. When the Frosh team wears their pads for the first time. It’s a big! It’s cool! They are so proud to be a Don and wear that uniform with the pads! Every Dons football player is proud to wear blue!

3. That single moment you watch your son make his first tackle or sack the QB or an interception or score a DONS TD . The announcer says your kid’s name on the sound system for all to hear…then your son turns to the stands with his smiling eyes, they meet your eyes from up in the stands. Chills! Every Dons football parent is proud to wear blue!

4. Hard-working boys. Come August…they have learned that if you want something in life, you have to work hard to get it. Wins don’t come easy. You have to shed sweat and tears. (Oh yeah moms- get ready because hard work smells, your son and his uniform!)

5. The parents. Cheering and screaming for every Don the field! It is a special group and a great way to start the school year. When the season is over, it is seriously a downer to not be with your football family.

Any questions about Sports Boosters, please give me a call 760 777-3430 or email me, GO DONS!

Jane E. Smith – PROUD DON MOM & Parent Football Rep 2020-21

Learn more about Acalanes Football and the Touchdown Club on the link below

Welcome to the Family!

Frosh Dons Finish Strong at 6-3

Frosh Dons Finish Strong at 6-3

From Tahoe to Alhambra

It seems like it all went so fast, yet it all started back in the Summer before the boys were even technically Acalanes Students. They have come so far in such a short period of time, thanks to great coaching and a commitment to Dons Family. The Frosh Dons ended up averaging over 100 yards per game on the ground with 12 TDs, and over 188 yards per game through the air with 24 TDs. Consistency on the line was a big factor in offensive production, with Tyler Murphy, Miller Smith, Lex Jung, Nathan Kim and Marcus Julian starting every game. Nine different players carried the ball over the course of the season, Tobias Schwing leading the way with 348 total yards and 6 TDs, on a Heisman-worthy pace of 11.6 yards a carry. RBs Ben Foox, Kaleo Feinberg and QB Kyle Bielawski also chipped in with rushing TDs over the course of the season. Eight different players caught passes over the year, including two from QB2 Luke Dulik and one from Jake Takeuchi on a WR pass. Ethan Torres was the home run king, averaging 28.13 yards per catch with a team long 74-yard TD. Theo Stoll, Andrew Habas, Jake Takeuchi and Tobias Schwing also added TD receptions in addition to Ethan. Defense developed a bit slower, but in the end 30 kids ended up with at least one solo tackle, led by Strong Safety Coco Gannon with 21. The Dons’ D also had five picks, two each by Mason Michlitsch and Andrew Habas and one by Nikko Woodson, and 27 sacks, led by Miller Smith, Tobias Schwing and Tyler Murphy with five each.

Offensive MVP: Kyle Bielawski #9

Cool Kyle Bielawski, led the offensive juggernaut this year, throwing for 1,466 yards and 24 TDs with a 61% completion percentage. Kyle also carried the ball 49 times (most on the team) for a 4.78 yard per carry average and rushed for 3 TDs. Throughout the season Kyle was a steadying influence, running the offense with efficiency and at high speed, standing tall in the pocket, hitting receivers in stride, buying time when it was needed and not being afraid to pull it and run when the opportunity arose.

Defensive MVP: Tyler Murphy #62

Tyler “Braveheart” Murphy was a disruptive force on defense, collapsing opponent’s offensive lines and making lives miserable for the visiting QBs. Tyler led or tied for the lead in fumbles recovered (2), fumbles caused (1), tackles for loss (9) and sacks (5). His tireless push moved the line of scrimmage and many times forced teams to double him, allowing the Dons’ other defenders to run free and make plays in the opponent’s backfield.

Special Teams: Theo Stoll #13

Theo “Theopedo” Stoll was a terror to opposing defenses all year. All up he scored 11 TDs, including 9 on Kick Off returns with a per game average of 35.75 and a long of 90 yards. He also led the team in punt returns averaging more than 19 yards a return with a long of 28. Every time Theo touched the ball, the crowd erupted as he juked and sped across the field leaving a myriad of defenders in his wake, rarely stopping before he hit paydirt.

Special Teams: Andrew Huchingson #2

Andrew “Clutch” Huchingson, showed amazing improvement over the course of the season. From his tentative first few kick offs and extra points, to the booming blasts of the second half of the season. Huch ended up 5 for 7 on extra points, with no opposing Kick Offs returned for TDs and two expertly executed onside kicks recovered by Acalanes.

Most Improved: Tyler Worthington #5

Tyler “Shark” Worthington may have taken a few games to find his sweet spot, but once he found it as Nose Tackle in the middle of the defense, he made up for lost time quickly. Even though he only started a little more than half the games at NT, he led the team in Fumbles Caused (2) and finished 3rd in Tackles for Loss with seven. In probably the toughest game, Tyler fought through illness to continually penetrate and disrupt the Campolindo offense, with numerous big plays to stymie the Cougars.

Coaches Award: Andrew Habas #18

Andrew “Hey Hey” Habas was electrifying from the beginning of the season all the way to the end. Whether it was returning kick offs, catching slants over the middle and taking it to the house, or snagging pick sixes while dropping into coverage, Andrew scored in pretty much every way imaginable this year. His ten total TDs was augmented by an extra point, and included the longest TD of the year, a 91 yard Kick-Off return for a TD. Unofficially he also led the team in TDs called back, including a long return in the last game of the season against Alhambra.

Our Dons Family

See you all next year!

Dons Win League Title with Win over Alhambra

Dons Win League Title with Win over Alhambra

In front of a packed Senior Night stadium at Acalanes, the Dons rolled to a 56-7 victory over Alhambra, finishing league play with a 3-1 record and most importantly a share (with Campolindo and Las Lomas) of the league title – the Dons first football title in 40 years!  It was a particularly special night for the team’s seniors, who began playing in the Dons program as freshmen when Coach Floyd Burnsed came to Acalanes.

Junior quarterback Brady Huchingson was outstanding all night, completing 7 of 10 passes for 280 yards and five touchdowns (that would be an NFL passing rating of 152.1).  Huchingson added a rushing touchdown to finish with six TDs.

Brady Huchingson was on target all night

Senior defensive back Nick Giorgianni was around the ball all night, recording two interceptions.  His first pick started the Dons scoring, returning the interception 34 yards for a touchdown.  Giorgianni had a third interception that was called back due to a penalty. 

Nick Giorgianni returning an interception

Senior WR/CB Nick Pearson had big plays on both sides of the ball.  Pearson caught a Huchingson pass at the 50 yard line and ran it home for a 75-yard touchdown.  Later, he had an interception at the 10 yard line to stop an Alhambra drive.

Nick Pearson wins the fight for the ball and takes it to the end zone

Four senior Dons receivers had touchdowns.  Along with Pearson’s TD, Jack Muren had two TDs (9 and 71 yards), Lucas Eppinger had a 87-yd touchdown (with most of those coming after the catch as he weaved his way through the Alhambra defense) and Ryan Reilly had a 24-yd TD reception, beating an Alhambra DB at the 10 yard line to get to the end zone.

The Dons defensive highlights included interceptions by Jack Miles and Carson Gragg, and a sack for a safety by linebacker Niko Cortessis.  Other standouts were seniors Michael Roux and Mike O’Donnell, and juniors Graham Oh and Joey Carillo who each had multiple tackles.  Dons captain John Kalil was a force on the line all night.

Niko Cortessis gets the safety

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The Dons (8-2) await the NCS Playoff seedings which will be announced on Sunday November 10.  The first-round playoff game will be Friday, November 15.

Dons are Born to Run

Dons are Born to Run

Darkness on the Edge of Martinez

After quick starts in the last two games, the Dons looked like a team that only had one practice and several days of w/o power in the opening moments of their meeting with Alhambra. After initially holding the Bulldogs to a 4th down in-completion, the Dons made the first mistake of the night by earning a 15 yd personal foul. The play gave Alhambra a first down and a big momentum swing in the game. The Bulldogs converted quickly on the opportunity, completing a 7-yard TD pass over the middle, and adding the PAT to take a 7-0 lead. The Dons seemed to come back quickly, as Andrew Habas took a long Kick Off return all the way to the End Zone… but it was called back on for a block in the back penalty. A few plays later Jake Takeuchi received a long bomb from Kyle Bielawski that would have put the Dons into the Alhambra red zone, but yet again, a yellow hanky for illegal receiver downfield negated the play. Three plays, three penalties things weren’t looking great.

Bulldogs Blinded by the Light

But the Dons weren’t to be denied on this Halloween Night. A Wide Receiver screen sprung Jake for a big gain up the middle on third and long, which set up a short TD run by Tobias Schwing to get the Dons on the board. The two-point conversion was no good, leaving the score at 7-6, Alhambra. In the next series Alhambra continued to show life on offense, completing several passes down the middle including a short TD to widen their lead. After a couple of penalties on the extra point (including one on the Dons for kicking a muffed PAT attempt), the final PAT was blocked, leaving the score at 13-6, Bulldogs. That’s when the lights came on for the Dons. A short slant to Andrew Habas netted a huge 55-yard gain, including an impressive pancake by Ethan Torres on the Alhambra safety (who says WRs can’t block? Dons can). With only 10-yards to go, QB Kool Kyle B executed a perfect option read pitch to Toby who walked it into the End Zone. This time the two-point conversion pass to Andrew was good, Dons 14-13. On the next defensive possession, the Dons D woke up. Big stops by Tyler Worthington and Eli Brent forced an Alhambra 3 and out, and the rout was on. Another long run by Toby on another option read followed by a Kyle to Andrew TD pass and it was quickly 20-13. A deftly executed onside kick by Andrew Huchingson was recovered by Coco Gannon and a few plays later Kyle lofted a perfect pass that Jake snagged in the right corner for another score, Dons 26-13. The D held once again, and a couple of plays later, Toby took a middle screen 55 yards to the house. Huch hit the XP and it was 33-13 at the end of the first half. The second half started like the first ended, with Toby taking a read option pitch left, then right, escorted by the O-line all the way to pay dirt. Immediately following that score, Leon Theiss converted the two-pointer on a TE delay. to the absolute delight of his teammates, and it was 48-20. Two more scores, one on a short pass to Andrew, and one for Alhambra, closed out the game with a Frosh Dons win, 48-27.

Dons Take Care of their Own

The Frosh Dons finish 7-3 and end on a high note. It was amazing to see the transformation from summer practice w/o pads, to Tahoe Camp, to the first away game in 100-degree+ Stockton, all the way to the final contest at Alhambra. Every single player made remarkable improvements all along the way and it’ll be even more exciting to see how much better they’ll be next year. Thanks to our great coaches who were encouraging and patient and really instilled a feeling of family, a band of brothers, within the team. Special thanks to our amazing team Mom, Jane Smith, who did everything but suit up herself and had to be worth at least two scores a game just by the sheer force of her will. Thanks to Line Kristensen, who braved the cold and heat down on the field to take amazing pictures to share with everyone. Thanks to Dave Gannon for keeping stats (definitely helped my memory). And lastly, thanks to all the parents (especially the Moms), for showing up en masse and cheering louder than any other team to the point of making all the games home games for the boys. As coach Buddy says, there is no sport like football, it creates an unbreakable bond, not only between the players, but between the parents too. See you all next year!

Jeff Julian, Proud Dons Dad and Frosh Football PR Director

Dons Hold Off Mats to Stay in Title Hunt

Dons Hold Off Mats to Stay in Title Hunt

The Dons held off Miramonte and their high-powered offense 17-14 on Friday night to remain in the hunt for a share of the league title.   

Miramonte got their Homecoming Night fans feeling good early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead following a 5-yard TD run by their outstanding senior quarterback Matt Meredith.

Brady Huchingson got the Dons on the board in the 2nd quarter with an 8-yard TD run, but Meredith gave the Mats the halftime lead with a 20-yard TD pass to receiver Tanner Zwahlen.

The Acalanes defense stepped up and shut out the Mats in the second half enabling the Dons to secure the win with two second half scores: a 33-yd field goal by Hunter Ridley in the third quarter and a 15-yard TD reception by Jack Muren in the fourth.

Jack Muren with a juggling reception.

Senior linebacker Mike O’Donnell was outstanding all night, recording eight solo tackles and assisting on five.  O’Donnell had two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss and caused a Miramonte fumble. 

Mike O’Donnell with a tackle.

The entire Dons defense stepped up, tallying 5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss against the quick Miramonte offensive backfield, with 16 different players recording tackles.  Notable standouts were juniors Niko Cortessis, Graham Oh and Joey Carillo who each had multiple tackles and big plays, and senior Tommy Thrasher who had 10 total tackles.

Ryan Tresser taking down the Mats’ Reed Callister

Junior Dane Jenssen had a strong game at running back, with 77 yards on 14 carries.

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The Dons (7-2) host Alhambra on Friday night at 7:00.  The Senior Night ceremony will take place right before the Varsity game at approximately 6:30.

Dons Back on Track, Frosh Win!

Dons Back on Track, Frosh Win!


From the first play it was obvious that the Dons were back on track (in white), with Theo Stoll taking a deep kick off 77 yards to the house, immediately quieting the noisy Dublin home crowd. From there the Frosh Dons were efficient, focused and together as a team, bouncing back strong after a tough game last week. The “family” vibe permeated throughout the game on the field and off, when the team introduced a new coordinated clapping chant before hitting the field for the second half. It’s been amazing to see how the coaching staff has built this group of freshmen into a cohesive family unit of brothers.

Murph’s Got Rhythm

The quick hitting powerful Dons offense was back with a vengeance against a solid hard-hitting Gaels defense. The Moving Company (Murph, Miller, Lex, Nathan and Marcus), gave Kyle time to pick apart the Dublin air defense, completing passes all over the field, including a 9-yard sliding TD to Jake Takeuchi, and a 77-yard bomb to Ethan Torres. On the ground the Dons were equally dominant, blasting holes in the Gaels D-line, averaging nearly 8 yards per carry, including a 43-yard TD blast by Toby, a 9-yard TD scamper by Kyle, and a rumbling 15 yard OT eligible run by the O-line’s own Tyler Murphy.

Defense Shook the Gaels all Night Long

On other side of the ball, the Dons largely help Dublin in check, allowing only two offensive TDs and showcasing some crushing tackles and suffocating pass coverage. Tobias Schwing had another big game at OLB with two sacks and 3 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, but overall it was an earthquake of Dons, with Coco Gannon, Andrew Habas, Tyler Murphy, Ethan Torres, Theo Stoll, Nathan Bennett, Lex Jung, Marcus Julian, Eli Brent, Ben Foox, Miller Smith, Nathan Kim, Andrew Hutchingson, Max Thomas and Andre Jackson, all adding solo tackles to stymie the Gaels. In the air the Dons were equally dominant, allowing zero completions downfield and a spectacular interception and long return by lockdown CB Mason Michlitsch

Shake the Bulldogs Legs

One more game to go next week before the conclusion of a great season, and Alhambra is up next. If the Bulldogs watch the film from this week, they’ll be plenty scared about a fired-up Don’s family coming onto their house on Halloween night!

By Jeff Julian Proud Don Dad and Frosh Team PR Director

Acalanes JV Football SHUTS OUT Campo 22 – 0!

It is hard to loose any Sporting Event when the other team is prevented from scoring. The JV Don’s Defense got it done again! If you were to just look at the statistics for this game one would be lead to believe that Campolindo had a chance of winning… they had 175 total yards of offense compared to Acalanes having 155 total yards… They ran 54 total offensive plays, compared to Acalanes running 36… They had the ball for 31 minutes to Acalanes having the ball 16 minutes – What the stats don’t tell is the heart the JV Don’s take onto the field – Their PRIDE in what they do… you could look into anyone of these kids eyes and tell… they were not going to loose this game!

The defensive standout on Friday night was #27 Ethan Rowland who was in on 7 tackles and had 2 HUGE interceptions! #22 Donovan Aris Dumas has 5 tackles. #62 Sam Hafner caused a fumble and was part of a sack, and #4 Evan Malmquist had 4 tackles, a half a sack and a fumble recovery! The Defensive Team should be very proud of their effort – they play as a unit, everyone knows their job and they hold each other accountable to do their part!

The Defense Forcing another punt

The offense was their usual efficient unit, only needing 12 minutes to score 3 touchdowns and a 42 YARD FIELD GOAL!! 42 Yards… this is JV High School Football… not the NFL… #44 Rhett Skvarna has an Iron Foot! Quarterback Luke Souza was 8-14 passing for 96 Yards and 2 touchdowns, along with a rushing touchdown that included his helmet getting ripped off in the process! #19 Nicholas Eppinger hauled in 2 passes for 51 yards, #33 Jack Wood and #8 Will Berrien each had a touchdown catch, and #4 Evan Malmquist had 66 yards on the ground –

#4 Evan Malmquist breaking tackles on the ground
#7 Luke Souza getting it done through the air

Coach Young is doing a terrific job with this team – really molding this boys into fine football players and even better young men! Looking forward to seeing the tattoo coach! For more pictures of this game navigate to the following link –

The JV Don’s are in action again this coming Friday at Miramonte – come out and cheer them on, only two games left