Varsity Football tops Alhambra 44-36

Highlights were everywhere for the Dons last Friday night as they played a great game and defeated Alhambra 44-36. Some of the big plays and players in the game were:

-Mike O’Donnell playing WR caught a backward pass from QB Nick Kresnak and threw a long TD to Chris Rogers.
-Rogers caught a second long TD and then came in on defense to shut down Alhambra’s best WR.
-Luke Miles, Tommy Thrasher, Drew Campillo and Rogers each had a big interception.
-Alex Cortessis got to the Alhambra QB three times for sacks.
-Jake Gilbert had a key QB sack.
-Nick Pearson had a whopping seven solo tackles from his cornerback position.
-Lucas Eppinger caught a TD pass and had several long receptions where he showed off some nice jukes.
-Keaziah Smith caught a long TD in traffic with QB Kresnak rolling left and showing off his strong arm.
-Jake Delaney caught multiple TD’s and another awesome long pass with Kresnak rolling right and throwing left.
-Kresnak sealed the win with a sweet TD run after faking the option pitch.
The JV Dons defeated host Alhambra, by the score of 38-25. Ball security was an issue for the Dons. The offense was led by Brady Huchingson, Graham Oh, Joe Evans, Nico Cortessis and Jackson Dumas-Aris. Logan Hope had his best game of the year on defense. Oh had numerous tackles from his linebacker position, safety Thomas Schrader had an interception and a key onside kick recovery to help stop the Alhambra comeback! The JV Dons football team finished the year with a 7-3 record.

Frosh Dons Football Ends Season with a Win over Kennedy

Frosh Dons Football Ends Season with a Win over Kennedy

The Freshman football team traveled to Fremont to play Kennedy High School on Thursday afternoon.  After taking a commanding lead up 28-0 at half time, the Dons ended their season with a convincing win with a final score of 41-20.

Logan Ketchum

On their first possession of the game, the offense established their running game, marching down the field.  Dante Montgomery powered up the middle to find the end zone for a TD.

The defense continued to be dominant, stopping the Titans running game and pressuring their QB.  Logan Ketchum, Sam Hafner, and Charlie Solari all had big plays on defense.  Ryan Giorgianni and Brady Brinkman were also standouts on defense and special teams.  Evan Malmquist was impressive with several tackles and a ‘pick-6.’  Just like last week’s game, there were 18 different kids with tackles!

Jack Wood

On offense, Luke Souza had a very efficient game and was 8-11 passing for 205 yards with 3 TD’s and a 2 pt conversion.  Miles Bergman and Jack Wood each had long receptions for TD’s.  Evan Malmquist had a TD reception.  Miles Bergman picked up a bad snap on a punt attempt and ran it back 55 yards for a TD.  Will Berrien pulled in several catches for lots of yardage on offense.

The Freshman Dons Football team ended their season with an impressive record of 8-1-1.

Varsity Football Falls to Miramonte

Varsity Football Falls to Miramonte
Offensive fireworks were on display in the Dons’ Senior Night game against Miramonte last Friday. After spotting Miramonte a 19-0 first quarter lead, the Dons almost came all the way back before losing 46-34.
QB Nick Kresnak got in a nice rhythm offensively connecting repeatedly with his favorite targets Chris Rogers, Lucas Eppinger and Jake Delaney all of whom caught TD passes.
It was 39-34 late in the game when the Acalanes Defense led by John Kalil, Tommy Thrasher and Alex Cortessis came up with a sweet goal line stand to give the ball back to the offense with a chance to win. Unfortunately though it was not meant to be and the Dons came up just short.
Acalanes has its last regular season game against Alhambra this week.

Oakland High no match for Frosh Dons Football

Oakland High no match for Frosh Dons Football

Sam Hafner

The Freshman Dons Football had another strong week with a convincing win over Oakland High with a final score of 56-24.  The game started off by a 70-yard kick off return for a TD by none other than Evan MalmquistEvan was once again a one-man wrecking crew on both sides of the ball, as he had 3 TD’s (1 receiving, 1 running, 1 kick off return) as well as several tackles on defense.  Luke Souza was near perfect at 14-16 passing for 167 yards for 2 TDs.  Miles Bergman had 3 receptions for 44 yards and 1 TD.  Will Berrien had some incredible catches in the middle of the field for huge gains on offense.  Dante Montgomery had a stellar performance with 2 rushing TDs and several tackles on defense.  Rhett Skvarna made all of his PAT’s, and also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a TD.

Will Berrien

The highlight of the game was when Jon Clark ran the ball across the goal line for his first touchdown of the season!

Miles Bergman

The defense, led by Logan Ketchum, Sam Hafner and Devon Miniello, stymied the Oakland High offense.  18 different players had tackles!!!  The defense continues to be dominant making it hard on offenses to run or throw the ball.   Way to go!

Next Thursday, the Dons will travel to Fremont to play against Kennedy High School.  This will be their final game of what has been an incredible season.

JV Football Loses to Campo

The JV Dons went down to a bitter defeat at Campolindo, by the score of 13-7! The usually stellar Dons offense was out of sync for this game. The only score came on a short pass from Brady Huchingson to Jackson Aris-Dumas. Graham Oh, Joey Carrillo and Logan Hope had good all around games for the Dons. The 5-3 Dons host 5-2-1 Miramonte next Friday!

Freshman Dons Football Beats Campolindo 15-7

Freshman Dons Football Beats Campolindo 15-7

In the most anticipated game of the season, the Freshman Dons Football team beat their cross-town rival Campolindo by a score of 15-7 on Thursday evening.  The Cougars began the game on offense.  They systematically and methodically pounded the running game, handing the ball off to their big running back, number 59, and running the clock down.  They were able to convert a TD and then a PAT.  Cougars up 0-7 with only a couple of minutes left in the first quarter.

The Dons couldn’t get the offense in gear and the penalty flags were flying.  The defense held tough and was able to keep number 59 at bay.  At the half, Dons find themselves down 0-7.

Freshman Pep Talk

During halftime, team captain Evan Malmquist gave an impassioned speech to the team to fire them up.  The coaches huddled together to set the game plan.  It worked.  The offense started to get going in the 3rd quarter, but couldn’t convert.  The defense again was able to hold the Cougars offense.  Towards the end of the 3rd quarter, the Dons get the ball.  The offense was able to move the ball down the field.  The 4th quarter began and the Dons find themselves within striking distance of the goal line. Luke Souza was able to connect with Miles Bergman in the end zone.  TOUCHDOWN!  In a bold move, they decide to go for two.  Anthony Ortale made an incredible block as Evan Malmquist sweeps left and finds his way into the end zone.  TWO POINT CONVERSION!  Dons up 8-6.

The defense was tenacious holding the Cougars running game as well as putting plenty of pressure on their QB.  Logan Ketchum led the defense with 4 solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles.  Sam Hafner, Dante Montgomery, Rhett Skvarna, Devin Miniello and Ibis Pond all had several tackles and some great stops on defense.  They were able to hold the Cougars on our own 25-yard line to turn it over on downs.  A huge stop for the Dons!  This gave the Dons fantastic field position.  Evan Malmquist sweeps right and battles his way downfield, dodging defenders and stiff-arming anyone in his way.  TOUCHDOWN!  Rhett Skvarna easily kicks the PAT.  Dons up 15-7 in the 4th quarter with less than 5 minutes left to play.

Defense holds the Cougars again.  Dons just need to run the ball to eat up time off the clock.  They get a first down…time runs out.  Game over.  DONS WIN 15-7!  An incredible come from behind win.

Next Thursday, the Dons will travel to Oakland to take on Oakland High.

 

JV Football Rolls Northgate

JV Football Rolls Northgate

The Dons demolished the Northgate Broncos, 58-0, in the Homecoming game! Brady Huchingson threw for 4 TD’s and ran for 2 more! Sam Heyman caught 4 passes for 143 yards! All catches were for touchdowns for Sam! He also had an interception. Ryan Tresser had an interception. Scott Hafner and Niko Cortessis had sacks for the defense! Graham Oh returned a blocked punt 51 yards for a touchdown, trucking one Bronco enroute to the end zone! The JV Dons play a huge game against Campolindo this Friday, at their house.

Varsity Football shuts down Northgate

Acalanes beat Northgate 48-0 in its Homecoming game on Friday night. The Dons were led by their defense which overpowered Northgate from start to finish. Nick Pearson and Cole Murgia each returned an interception for a touchdown and linebackers Mike O’Donnell and Tommy Thrasher blitzed their way into the Broncos’ backfield all night long. The Dons’ secondary locked down Northgate’s receivers in man to man defense and the linemen and linebackers were constantly in the face of Northgate’s QB.
After a slow start, Acalanes’ offense clicked into gear with QB Nick Kresnak passing to wide receivers Chris Rogers and Lucas Eppinger for TDS and RBs Jake Delaney, Yahya Qteishat and Keaziah Smith contributing rushing TDs.
Acalanes (3-4) travels to Campolindo (5-2) for a big rivalry game next Friday.

Freshman Dons Football routs Alhambra

Freshman Dons Football routs Alhambra

The Freshman Dons football team got back to their winning ways on Thursday night, routing the Alhambra Bulldogs 42-6.  It was a true team effort, as both the offense and defense were superb.

On offense, Miles Bergman was a force on the field, pulling down 6 receptions for 81 yards and 4 receiving TDs.  Luke Souza threw for 126 yards and 3 TDs.  Rhett Skvarna had 1 rushing TD, was 4-4 on PATs, and had 3 carries for 42 yards.  Evan Malmquist also had a rushing TD.  Connor McPhail made an amazing pass under pressure to Miles Bergman for his first TD of the season.

 

On defense, stellar play by all.  The defense held the Bulldogs to under 100 total yards of offense.  17 different Dons had tackles.  Evan Malmquist led the team with 4 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles and 2.5 sacks for -30 yards.  James Gunn had an incredible interception.  Truman Smith, Lukas Ross, and Anthony Ortale all had .5 sacks.

Next Thursday at 5pm at Acalanes, the Dons will take on Campolindo.