September 9 – Varsity Football – Dons Football Pulls Off Close Victory Over Titans
Dons Football Pulls Off Close Victory Over Titans. Acalanes 28-21 over Skyline.
The Acalanes Dons pulled out a close win Friday, September 9th, over the Skyline Titans. After a slow first half and an intimidating lightning storm, Acalanes took over the second half on their way to a 28-21 victory in their first home game of the season.
The Dons took advantage of the Titans unsuccessful opening drive, by capping off their own opening drive with a touchdown run from Sophomore Peter Mitchell. The rest of the first quarter was fairly uneventful, until the end when Skyline put together a successful drive, tying the game at 7 on a touchdown pass from Skyline quarterback Jamaal Mayo.
Minutes later in the second quarter the Titans capitalized on their long drive, scoring a touchdown. It appeared that the teams would enter the half tied, but Skyline had other plans. With 44 seconds left in the quarter the Titans offense scored again. Halftime started with Acalanes- 7, Skyline-14.
When both teams came out of halftime it seemed that Skyline had the upper hand.
Then, about 8 minutes into the third quarter both teams and the fans were ordered to exit the stands due to a lightning storm. About 30 minutes later the teams came back onto the field, and the fans filed back into the stands. Soon enough, though, lightning struck again except this time in a different form. Senior Carson Gardener, who ran for 170 yards on 14 carries, broke multiple tackles on his way to an electrifying, game-tying touchdown run. The Dons were revitalized and, on the ensuing kickoff, recovered a Titan fumble, setting them up with very good field position. Seconds later Sophomore Peter Mitchell ran in his second touchdown of the night, giving the Dons a 21-14 lead.
Tied at 21 at the start of the fourth quarter, The Dons rattled off what proved to be the game winning drive, finished off by a touchdown run by Senior Spencer Henderson. Acalanes fended off the Titans last drive and the Dons finished with a 28-21 victory.
This proved to be a decisive victory for the Dons as Skyline is one of the tougher teams on their schedule. The win gives the Dons a promising 2-0 start and look to carry the momentum from their first two games into next weeks match up against a tough San Marin team.
-Jack DeVeny, Blueprint Staff Writer