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!