Acalanes Varsity Football defeats Campolindo

Oct 27, 2017 – Brian Miles

In an epic varsity football game that no one who attended will ever forget Acalanes beat Campolindo 35-28 on Friday night. The game started with the Cougars in control but Chris Rogers electrified the crowd with a brilliant catch on a long bomb to cut the Campo lead to 14-7 early in the game. The Dons scored again to tie the game at 14-14, but Campo mounted a drive before halftime and it appeared it would take the lead going into halftime. But Ryan Nall and Brian Merken had other ideas. Nall used his size and speed to pressure Campo’s star qb, John Torchio, who floated a pass that was picked off by Merken in the end zone. This sent the Dons into halftime with all of the momentum.

Robby Rowell owned the second half willing his team to perhaps the biggest win in the history of the program. Rowell hit Rogers again to put the Dons up 21-14 and had some monster runs to extend drives and give the Dons key first Dons. Rowell finished the night with a whopping 175 yards rushing.

But Campo would not go down without a fight and after a Torchio interception actually had the ball in a 21-21 game. Enter Nall who sacked Torchio and got the ball back on downs for Acalanes. A Rowell to Merken TD made the score 28-21, but Campo answered yet again to tie the game at 28.

In a fitting end to an amazing game, Rowell faked to running back Jake Delaney and somehow made his way through numerous Campo defenders to score the game winning TD for the Dons with 6 seconds left.

The play of Acalanes’ offensive line was rock solid all night as they consistently gave Rowell sufficient time to throw and opened holes for running backs Delaney and Keaziah Smith. Delaney sparkled in the second half with some nice runs to keep the Campo defense honest. Nick Henderson led the defense as he has done all season long.

The Acalanes community thanks Floyd Burnsed and his coaching staff for leading the team to this program changing win. Go Dons!

Oct 28 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

It was an epic battle between Acalanes HS and Campolindo HS in Friday football. The Cougars scored the first 14 points and the Dons rallied for the next 21. The fourth quarter had both teams tied at 28-28 as Robby Rowell scored on a 5 yard run with 10 seconds left to lift the team to a 35-28 victory raising their overall record to 7-1. The jv team was not so fortunate in defeat.

The boys water polo team earned an overtime 10-9 victory to close the regular season and launch them into the NCS playoffs.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the San Ramon Valley Invitational.

The jv girls water polo team competes in the DAL tournament.

Fridays individual standouts…

Football. Robby Rowell was a one-man wrecking machine accounting for all 5 touchdowns completing 17 of 24 passes for 215 yards and 3 passing scores and 181 yards rushing and 2 scores on the ground. Brian Merken had 4 receptions for 47 yards, two touchdowns and a critical interception in the end zone at the end of the first half. Chris Rogers had 5 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Nick Henderson had 10.5 tackles, Trenton Tso 7.5 tackles and Ryan Nall, Gabe Middleton and Alex Cortessis each with 5.5 tackles.

Boys water polo. Jake Stone scored 3 goals and Max Stryker, Jacob Parker and Henry Huchingson each scored 2 goals.

 

Oct 28 – Acalanes Beats Campolindo 35-28

by Matt Delaney

Wow, what a game. Well played by both sides.

Here are the stats from Digital Scout, I will upload into Hudl and MaxPreps by the morning.

Here are some highlights of tonight.

Time of Possession
Acalanes = 18:14
Campo = 29:46

Robby finished 17 for 24 with 215 yards, 3 passing TDs and 1 Interception.
Robby carried the ball 16 times for 181 yards and 2 Rushing TDs.

Robby = Total Yards = 396
Robby = Total TDs = 5

Torchio = 18 for 31 passes for 217 yards. 15 rushes for 58 yards for a total of 275 yards. He threw 1 interception, caught one interception and had 3 TDs.

Jake Delaney = 9 carries for 65 yards
Brian Merken = 4 catches for 47 yards and 2TDs
Chris Roger = 5 catches for 67 yards and 1 TD

Defense was impressive

Henderson = 5 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles
Nall = 4 Solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 2 TFL and 2 sacks
Trenton Tso = 5 Solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles
Alex Cortessis = 4 solo tackles & 3 Assisted tackles
Gabe Middleton = 3 solo tackles & 5 assisted tackles

Robby Rowell


Oct 27 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Northgate HS.
The freshman football team was defeated by Campolindo HS.

In Fridays action…

The football team hosts Campolindo HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00. The Senior Night Presentation will take place before the varsity game and there will be Homecoming activities during halftime.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the San Ramon Valley Invitational.
The jv girls water polo team competes in the DAL tournament.

Thursdays individual standouts…

Girls tennis. Eliza Bates won the DAL single championship by a score of 6-2, 6-3 and Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate won the DAL doubles championship by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh finished in 4th place in doubles.

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson scores a rushing touchdown and throws for 164 yards. Nico Cortessis has 4 receptions for 49 yards, Jackson Aris-Dumas 3 receptions for 40 yards and Joe Evans 3 receptions for 32 yards. Graham Oh has 7 tackles, Adam Kim and Thomas Schrader each had 4 tackles and Dane Jenssen had 3 tackles and an interception.

Oct 26 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

Girls Tennis

Eliza Bates won her singles match and advances to the Finals of the DAL tournament.

Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate won their doubles match in the DAL Championships and advance to the Finals.

Megan Cardiff and Maddie McDonagh were defeated in their doubles match to the number 1 seed and will play for 3rd.

 

The boys and girls water polo teams were defeated by Miramonte HS.

In Thursdays action…

Girls Tennis

Eliza Bates plays for the DAL Singles Championship.

Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate will play for the DAL Doubles Championship.

Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh will play for 3rd place in doubles.

All matches are at Acalanes HS at 3:45.

 

The girls volleyball team plays at Northgate HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

The freshman football team plays at Campolindo HS at 5:00.

Oct 23 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

The girls water polo team continues to roll defeating Clovis West HS 12-6 and Davis HS 12-6 in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The football team played very well in defeat to Clayton Valley Charter HS. JV team was also defeated.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team mounted a furious rally only to fall short 9-7 to Miramonte HS and defeated Leland HS 10-8 to finish 3rd in the NorCal Championships.

The girls volleyball team defeated Heritage HS and Dublin HS and was defeated by Castro Valley HS and James Logan HS in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

In Mondays action…

The girls volleyball team is at Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Fridays individual standouts…

Varsity football. Robby Rowell completed 31 of 42 passes for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brian Merken had 13 receptions for 92 yards. Nick Price had 8 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. Chris Rogers had 5 receptions. Aidan McNamara had 4 receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown and Tommy Thrasher added a touchdown reception.

JV football. John Kalil completed 9 of 14 passes for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mikey O’Donnell added 137 yards and 1 touchdown. Jack Muren had 12 receptions and all 4 touchdowns receiving. Michael Roux had 8 tackles, Carson Burrill 7.5 tackles and Ben Clark, Teo Barakos and Jack Miles each with 4 tackles.

Girls water polo. Jewel Roemer and Bella Wentzel provided stellar play on offense in the high level NorCal Championships.

Oct 21 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

The girls water polo team continues to roll defeating Clovis West HS 12-6 and Davis HS 12-6 in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The football team played very well in defeat to Clayton Valley Charter HS. JV team was also defeated.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

The girls water polo team competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The jv boys water polo team competes in the Las Lomas tournament.

Oct 20 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The girls volleyball team made quick work of Las Lomas HS 25-15, 25-19, 25-18. The jv team dropped a close one in three games and the freshman team won in two games.

The girls tennis team improved greatly against Miramonte HS and fell short 5-4.

The freshman football team was defeated by Clayton Valley Charter HS.

In Fridays action…

The football team hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The girls water polo team competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The jv boys water polo team competes in the Las Lomas tournament.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

The girls water polo team competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The jv boys water polo team competes in the Las Lomas tournament.

Thursdays individual standouts…

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson threw for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sam Heyman had 10 receptions for 91 yards and a score and Nico Cortessis 7 receptions for 119 yards and a score. Adam Kim had 7.5 tackles, Thomas Schrader 6.5 tackles and an interception, and Graham Oh 4 tackles and a safety.

Oct 19 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

The girls tennis team recorded another 8-1 victory, this time against College Park HS.

The girls water polo team overwhelmed Northgate HS.

The boys water polo team overcame a slow start to easily defeat Northgate HS 18-8.

In Thursdays action…

The girls volleyball team hosts Las Lomas HS. This is their Dig Pink game to bring attention to breast cancer awareness. All donations will be given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

The girls tennis team hosts Miramonte HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and jv is away.

The freshman football team plays at Clayton Valley Charter HS at 5:00.

Wednesdays individual standouts…

Girls tennis. Sydney Bell, Sasha Schtein, Jasmine Toni, Erin Warenski and Zoe Cate won singles matches. Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh, Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney and Molly Cronk & Vivian Toni won doubles matches.

Boys water polo. Jake Stone scored 9 goals and had 1 assist and 1 steal. Alex Archer scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. Kiriyan Kartsev scored 3 goals.

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