This Could Very Well Be THE Very Best Freshman Team in the School’s History States Coach Hansen

This Could Very Well Be THE Very Best Freshman Team in the School’s History States Coach Hansen

And you thought coaching high school football was all about Xs and Os, blocking, tackling and making sure these kids begin to learn something about what it means to be young men . That’s all true. But Coach Bill Hansen wants the Freshmen players to remember something about the year besides the final scores, the big plays…and that is friendships in brotherhood.

Some people call him Coach Hansen, but his fans call him Big Daddy. Photos from 2019

The biggest benefit of playing freshman football is the friendships made in the days before school even starts. Just a few weeks with your new teammates can cement friendships that will make that first day of walking on campus even better than it would be otherwise. The Freshman football head coach sets the tone to school and rolls out the red BLUE carpet for the new Dons.

Covid as we know changed up rolling out the blue carpet. Covid has taught Coach Hansen to be a more patient coach.  There are always things we can not control and Covid is a obviously a new one.   The Freshman coaching staff have learned to take it one practice at a time and to value each practice.  Coach Hansen and Freshman coaches only have a very limited time with our players each week and need to make each practice count.    
 Coach Hansen shares: We had to think outside the box and find new ways to practice – not being able to use equipment (including a football) was a challenge but we adjusted.  The players benefited in a few ways.   Having smaller groups has benefited the players by getting more individual attention.  By not having contact we have spent more time on the fundamentals which improves them having a solid foundation. Players have had more time to learn plays both for offense and defense.   What I am seeing is more players a whole are learning.     

This 2020 Freshman group is a large, a total of 52 strong, eager and enthusiastic Dons. This is the largest group Coach Hansen has ever coached.    Based on the Freshman coaching staff input and Coach Hansen‘s observations – talent wise – this could very well be the very best freshman team in the school’s history (insert fireworks exploding here). I hope we get to have a Freshman season, because it will be fantastic! It will be up to them to find the leaders this team needs to take this team to a league championship when they become Juniors. If this group can stick together there is no doubt they can be successful a team.   But it will be up to them to decide what they want.  They must decide if they want to put in all the hard work and long hours necessary to become a winning and a championship team, proudly states Coach Hansen.

Before Coach Hansen became freshmen head coach, Coach Young (JV head coach) and Coach Hansen coached the freshmen together for seven years. Coach Young praises Coach Hansen : In eleven years, I’ve never met a coach who cared more for the players than Bill. He cares about their family life, education, and self–esteem. He’s the real “Dad” of the program. The program, especially the players, are so lucky to have him. Some people call him Coach Hansen, but his fans call him Big Daddy.

Coach Hansen graduated in 1980 ‘from that school in Moraga’ and played under Head Coach Dan Hagan.  He also played under Gordon Finn, at Del Valle High School prior to its closing, as linebacker and fullback. Bill continued his football career at Cabrillo College in Aptos as a linebacker and graduated from California State University, Sacramento. Coach Hansen is in his seventh year as a coach at Acalanes with the previous five as defensive coordinator at at the freshman level. This is his second season as the freshman head coach.

Oldie, but goodie…Coach Hansen back in the day in
with football legends, Robert Newhouse Joe Theisman.

Coach Hansen and the Frosh Coaching Staff want to share this message to the Dons Football community:

With or without a season – this team is a WINNER!!!

We miss you!!  We hope that we can all be together as a team, a family and a community soon!  The boys are working so hard, with possibly no end in sight. We all know that’s difficult and each and every one of them has stepped up.  They’ve made all of the coaches so proud. 
My coaches and I would like to let each and every parent (especially the Moms) know how much we all appreciate the trust you’ve put in us in these uncertain times. Football is a tough game, but this year has been unique to say the least and we know how scary this can be and letting us coach your boys for a few hours a week has been a real honor. 

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

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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 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 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

Dons run into a Cat with Claws

Dons run into a Cat with Claws

Battling in the Trenches

It was a tough hard-fought battle along both lines of scrimmage throughout the night.The Campolindo blocking scheme was on point, and the Dons had trouble breaking through to make plays. Once they did break-through they were faced with a runaway truck wearing #24 for the Cougars, who scored five touchdowns on the day. By pounding the Dons D with a bruising running game, Campolindo was able to wear down Acalanes and keep the normally high scoring Dons offense off of the field. Even as the defense started to find its stride later in the game, the toll of all that time on the field resulted in a few late scores that made the margin even bigger than it might have been otherwise. Standouts on a tough night included OLBs Miller Smith and Tobias Schwing, and DTs Tyler Murphy and Tyler Worthington, with numerous tackles in the Cougar backfield.

Takeaways Doom the Dons

While the last several weeks have allowed the Dons to run up scores with their fast paced, quick hitting offense, the Cougars were well prepared to take away many of the Don’s favorite plays. Early on in the game, two drives ended with turnovers, just when the Dons were starting to get hot. It seemed like everything that could go wrong, did go wrong and that can’t happen against a really good team like Campolindo. Even with an aggressive and well-prepared Cougar team, the offense did move the ball when it had a chance. Toby, with a heavily taped up thumb, averaged nearly 3.5 yards a carry, and Kyle, given time to throw by a great O-line effort, just missed a few long completions that were dropped or a bit out of reach. When the offense was on the field, they were able to hit on a few explosive plays, including a 36 yard flea flicker from Jake Takeuchi to Ethan Torres, a 7 yard TD from Kyle to Theo Stoll, and an electrifying 90 yard KO return courtesy of the “Theopedo” right in front of the Campo bench.

Remember… Use it… Get Better

When you play sports, games like this are inevitable, unfortunately it had to happen against our cross-town neighbors and friends. While it’s best to put some of this in the rear-view mirror, it’s also important to remember how it feels and use it as motivation to get better, get stronger, get faster. Get into the weight room, eat more, run more, we’ll get a chance at that same team next year, and the Dons will be bigger, stronger and faster. Personal appeal here, if your son isn’t playing baseball in the Spring, think about joining the track team. Great coaches, and you get faster and stronger. They are in the weight room two to three times a week and running every day. Even for the bigger lineman, Chris Clark (also the football trainer) is a fantastic throws coach. Plus, it’s a really fun team to be on. Go Dons! Only 365 days (roughly)until we get a crack at those darn Cougars again!

Jeff Julian, Proud Dad of a Don and Frosh Team PR

D is for Defensive “Donination”

D is for Defensive “Donination”

Deliver Devastation

After three consecutive games where the Dons offense ran and passed away from its opponents, Thursday night provided another kind of shut down (non-PG&E related) for the Jaguars of Jesse Bethel. Early on it was a slugfest “Doninated” by the Frosh Dons defiant D. Besides putting up the first shut out of the year, the “Doninators” recovered four fumbles and wreaked havoc in the Jaguars backfield all afternoon. Along with the always strong play of Tyler Murphy, Miller Smith, Coco Gannon and Andrew Habas, DTs Tyler Worthington, & Nathan Kim, LBs Eli Brent and Nathan Bennett, and first time OLB starter Kaleo Feinberg, turned in stellar performances as well. Big props to Kaleo, who was not only playing the critical “Don”OLB role for the first time after just one week of practice, but also started at RB in place of an injured Toby Schwing.

Dive, Duck & Dodge

While the Dons D was stuffing the Jaguars offense, the Dons offense was dealing with a Jaguars D that was sending the house on nearly every play. With eight in the box and several different blitz packages, the Dons struggled early on getting their rhythm. While the coaches had prepared the team for the ultra-aggressive Bethel D, it’s hard to duplicate the experience until it happens on the field. After a scoreless first quarter, QB Kyle Bielawski started to get hot, moving around in the pocket, scrambling for first downs and finding his talented group of wideouts. Second quarterTD passes of 38 and 12 to Theo, were followed up by an 11yd strike to Andrew in Q3. The running game also got on track in the 2nd half with powerful TD runs of 5yds by Kaleo and a punishing 12yd run through the entire Jags defense courtesy of Kyle.

Dig in for Dons Donsday next week

Four wins in a row now, for the streaking Frosh Dons, all despite some key recent injuries. The true measure of a team is how they play when a starter goes down and so far, they’ve passed every test. Next up is our neighboring Campolindo Cougars with many of our friends and ex-teammates on the other side of the ball.

The Frosh Cougars are currently undefeated and will provide a stern test for our boys. Hopefully we’ll get some of our injured players back, but either way the Dons will be ready to bring the Blue Heat to the Cougars in Moraga when we go into their house and show them how we “Doninate”.

Day of the Dons goes to Acalanes, 51 to 14

Day of the Dons goes to Acalanes, 51 to 14

Clear Eyes…

The juggernaut that is the Frosh Don’s offense was unstoppable once again tallying 51 points versus the Amador Valley Dons. The Moving Company (Murph, Miller, Lex, Nathan and Marcus) was in full effect again, ripping holes in the Amador line resulting in TD runs of 55 and 62 from Toby, 15 by Kaleo Feinberg, and a 2 yd plunge from Ben Foox. Not to be outdone, the air attack of Bielawski to Stoll chimed in with TD passes of 30 and 34 yards, with Theo leaving multiple Amador defenders grabbing at air as he flew by. Was that enough for the Dons? No it wasn’t, as Andrew Habas added another long TD to his resume with a 91-yard kick-off return that put the icing on the cake for another epic Frosh Dons scoring bonanza.

Full Hearts…

Of course, scoring over 50 is great, but that also means a lot of time on the field for the Dons D. Adding to that challenge, Amador featured a jumbo backfield with two varsity-sized RBs lined up in Power I formation, aiming to pound the Dons into submission. The stout Acalanes defenders were up to the challenge with big days from LBs Toby & Andrew, DLs Murph, Tyler W, and Zach, and Safeties Coco and Ethan Torres, ganging up to stack up and shut down Amador’s running attack. At the end of the day, Amador was held to only two scores and one converted two-point conversion, continuing the strong defensive improvement that’s been clearly evident each week.  

Can’t Lose…

After starting the season with a lot of learning to do, the Frosh Dons are really coming into their own over the past couple of weeks. Kudos to the coaches, who have been patient and consistent as well as unyielding in their expectations of the team to both improve and absorb the responsibilities needed to run the offense and defense at a high level. With four games left, including the big rivalry game at Campo on October 17 and a Halloween clash at Alhambra, the Frosh Dons are hitting their stride at the perfect time. Next week Jesse Bethel comes into our house, and the Dons will be ready to roll!

Frosh Dons Run Away from Casa Grande, 44 to 14 Victory

Frosh Dons Run Away from Casa Grande, 44 to 14 Victory

The Freshman Dons didn’t score on their first touch this week, but it didn’t take them long to reach the end zone, and they did it early and often against Casa Grande. After a strong return by Theo Stoll, the Dons Big Dogs on the O-line, Tyler Murphy, Miller Smith, Lex Jung, Nathan Kim and Marcus Julian, ripped a huge hole in the Gaucho defense that Tobias Schwing scampered through for 40-yard gain. One play later, QB Kyle Bielawski found Stoll on a quick bubble screen in the left flat and Stoll did the rest, juking several Gauchos on the way to a 30-yard TD. After struggling with two-pointers last week, the Dons showed immediate improvement on the subsequent conversion with Bielawski “schwinging” the ball out to Toby, who took it in for the two. Dons 8, Gauchos 0.

Clutch Huch nails the extra point

The Don defense preceded to make short work of the Casa Grande O. A dive was stuffed by Zach Robb inside and a sweep was run down by Ben Foox. Faced with third and long Casa Grande tested the Dons deep, and Andrew Habas made them pay, snagging the ball from several Gauchos and weaving 30-yards back for a highlight reel pick six. Again, the two-point conversion was good with Bielawski pitching to Schwing who sprinted to the right corner of the end zone untouched, Dons 16, Gauchos 0

On the Gauchos subsequent possession, they moved the ball down the field more successfully before a Foox sack and another Habas interception gave the ball back to the Dons. On the very next play Bielawski set back in the pocket with all day to throw and found a streaking Ethan Torres on a skinny post 75-yards to the house. The Dons completed the scoring with Bielawski on an option read around the left end for two. Dons 24, Gauchos 0, at the end of the first quarter.

After a quick three and out to start the second quarter, highlighted by a T-Rex (Murphy) QB sack, the ball went back to the Don’s offense. Exerting their will once again, the Moving Company of Murphy, Smith, Jung, Kim and Julian, cleared the way for RB Foox who bolted for 40-yards into the Gaucho red zone. One play later, Bielawski found Habas for another Dons TD. This time however, Andrew Huchingson came on to convert the traditional way, Dons 31, Gauchos 0.

Yet another stout defensive stand and turnover, gave the ball back to the Dons once more before the half (not good for Casa Grande). A ten-yard Bielawski scramble was quickly followed up by a 30-yard TD pass to Habas. The kick this time was blocked. Dons 37, Gauchos 0, at the half.

The start of the second half saw Casa Grande with their first score of the game on a long pass and run from their big TE. The Dons held on the conversion however, and the score was now Dons 37, Gauchos 6.

Casa Grande really never stopped the Don’s offense all day though, and Kyle was a killer, completing a 30-yard pass to Habas for another Acalanes TD. Rounding out his scoring trifecta (pick six, TD catches plus extra point), Habas kicked it through the uprights for the conversion, making the score, Dons 44, Gauchos 6.

With about a minute left, Casa Grande completed an impressive long 70-yard bomb for the final TD, and converted the two points, making the final score, Dons 44, Gauchos 14, as time ran out.

Here Come The Dons! Win 32-22 for Frosh Team

Here Come The Dons!         Win 32-22 for Frosh Team

Dons Acalanes Frosh Sprint to First Win versus Archbishop Riordan 32-22

After sitting out much of the Summer and Fall due to a shoulder injury, the first time Tobias Schwing touched the ball was electric. Picking up a hard-bouncing kick at the 20, Schwing took a couple of moments to secure the ball before veering to the left sideline behind a blue wall of Dons and sprinting 80 yards untouched for an Acalanes TD! The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, making the score Dons 6, Crusaders 0.

The difference in this game, the Don Freshman’s first win, was the overall solid defensive play that the team had been working on all week. On Riordan’s first possession following the Schwing return, the Don’s D held the Crusaders to one first down, and then gave the ball back to the offense when Tyler Murphy sacked the Riordan QB on 4th down.

After reaching deep into Riordan territory, featuring a 9 yard end around by Theo Stoll and a 20 yard bootleg by QB Kyle Bielawski, the drive stalled and the Crusaders took over. Once again, the Don’s D proved staunch with key tackles by Miller Smith, Tyler Murphy and a big stick on a QB scramble by safety Coco Gannon on 4th down. The result gave the Acalanes offense a short field to work with, which was easy pickings for Bielawski, who found Stoll running a short out to the left cone for a 5 yard TD. The two-point conversion again was unsuccessful, making it Dons 12, Crusaders 0. 

After the initial Don’s domination, a long kick-off return to the Acalanes 30 yard line gave Riordan back some momentum. Utilizing their bigger running backs, the Crusader’s turned to the power run game and were able to get on the board with a TD and 2-point conversion, making the score Dons 12, Crusaders 8.

The dynamic Don’s offense was not going to let Riordan back in the game that easily, however. On the ensuing possession, Kyle hit wide out Jake Takeuchi down the middle for a 20-yard gain to the Riordan 43-yard line. On the very next play, Bielawski lofted a perfect arching throw hitting Stoll in stride down the left sideline for a 43-yard TD! A quick two-point conversion pass to Takeuchi landed short of the goal line to make it Dons 18, Crusaders 8.

The ensuing kick-off featured much improved coverage and the Crusaders took over at their own 35 yd line. Two consecutive sacks by OLB Miller Smith drove Riordan back to their own 20 and forced a punt deep in their own territory. On the attempted punt, DT Tyler Murphy stormed through the middle and smothered the kick, giving the Don’s a short field once again. The short field was not a challenge for the powerful Don’s offense as Bielawski found WR Andrew Habas on a quick slant for an easy 8-yard Acalanes touchdown! Once again, the two-point conversion fell short, which made the score 24 – 8 Dons, at halftime.

The start of the second half featured more stout defense as Tyler Murphy stripped the Riordan ball carrier and recovered the fumble to give the ball back to the Don’s offense. After a holding penalty moved the Don’s back to the Riordan 45, Bielawski hit Habas on a short curl, that he turned into a ankle breaking, spinning, weaving 55-yard TD, aided by a big downfield block by Theo Stoll. After struggling with two-point conversions earlier on, the Dons turned to the power run game. RT Marcus Julian and RG Nathan Kim, cleared out the right side, and LG Miller Smith pulled and kicked out the OLB, enabling RB Ben Foox to power into the end zone for the successful two point conversion. That was the final score of the third quarter with the Don’s leading 32-8.

The start of the 4th quarter necessitated a QB change b/c of a left shoulder issue with Bielawski. Luckily, WR Andrew Habas was able to step in as an emergency replacement. After a couple of strong runs, a fumble gave the ball back to the Crusaders on the 22-yard line. One play later, Riordan again used their power run game to score and complete the two-point conversion. Don’s 32, Crusaders 16. On the Don’s next possession, they continued their strong running game to drive the ball into Crusader territory. Unfortunately, another fumble gave the ball back to Riordan again at their own 40. Once again Riordan’s power running game resulted in a couple big runs and a long 48-yard TD run. This time though, the defense buckled down and held on the two-point conversion, keeping the Riordan deficit to two scores, Don’s 32, Crusaders 22.With less than two minutes on the clock, the Dons went to the victory formation and ran out the clock, securing their first win of the season! Final score, Dons 32, Crusaders 22.