Football Freshman Continue Building

Football Freshman Continue Building

The Freshman team continue to improve as a group with a impressive win against Arch Bishop Mitty last week with a final score of 19-6. The Dons wracked up 367 yards of total offense led by quarter back Luke Souza who was 19-29 with 239 yards passing and 3 TDs. Dante Montgomery had 89 yards rushing on 11 carries, while Miles Bergman pulled down 7 catches for 156 yards. The Dons defense continues to be dominant, completely shutting down Mitty to just 89 yards of total offense. Keep it up!

The Dons had a bye last Friday and head to Kentfield this week for a tough match up against Marin Catholic.

 

Football Varsity Drop Close Game To El Cerrito

Football Varsity Drop Close Game To El Cerrito

In a bizarre game against a super talented but penalty prone El Cerrito team, the Varsity Dons came up short 32-30 when Hunter Ridley’s 39-yard last second field goal bounced off the left upright and missed wide. It was a strong game for Ridley who kicked three other field goals to provide a new dimension for this Dons team.

The game started well for the Dons with Scott Brydon recovering a fumble and Ridley converting a 37-yard field goal to put Acalanes ahead 3-0. Later in the first half QB Nick Kresnak converted a brilliant deep throw to Keaziah Smith while rolling left to put the Dons back in the red zone. Kresnak then scored on a QB draw to put Acalanes ahead 13-0. 

El Cerrito responded, however, with 26 unanswered points to go into halftime ahead 26-13. The Gauchos early game plan seemed to be to run behind their two 300 pound offensive linemen, but the Dons stuffed the run. Unfortunately, El Cerrito’s QB used his potent arm and elite talent at wide receiver to successfully pass the ball in the second quarter.

After a back and forth second half which included a great interception by cornerback Nick Pearson and a Kresnak TD pass to a wide open Lucas Eppinger on a wheel route, things got strange in the fourth quarter. El Cerrito committed numerous penalties to offset its sometimes brilliant play. And then it was assessed FOUR unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on one play which resulted in a first down and 43 yards to go. The Dons responded well after this as the defense got the ball back for the offense and the team marched down the field on a drive which ended with a Kresnak slant pass to Chris Rogers for a TD which cut the score to 32-30.

The Varsity Dons will get some much needed rest from their challenging schedule as they have a bye next week before playing at Clayton Valley on September 28.

The Good Dons Stats

Time of Possession (26:25 vs 21:35)

Total Yards (378 vs 304)

Passing Yards (325 vs 201)

Completions (26 vs 9)

First Downs (24 vs 15)

The Not So Good:

Special teams allowed the 2nd kickoff return of the year

Missed Field Goals (3 for 6)

Passing Completion Rate (43%)

Incomplete passes (28)

Dropped passes (6)

Turnovers (2)

Rushing yards (53)

3 for 18 on 3rd Down Conversions (17%)

Penalties = 38 for 410 yards 

Acalanes = 14 for 120 yards

El Cerrito = 24 for 290 yards

Hunter Ridley

FGs = Made 3 of 6

FGs made = 35, 27, 34

FGs missed = 40, 32, 39

 

Nick Kresnak (QB)

Passing: 26 of 60 (43%)

Passing yards: 325

TD Passes = 2

Longest Completion = 38 yards to Reilly

Interceptions = 1

 

Chris Rogers (WR)

Catches = 7

Receiving yards = 112

TDs = 1

Longest Reception = 37 yards

 

Lucas Eppinger (WR)

Catches = 6

Yards = 77

TDs = 1

Longest Reception = 25

 

Defense

Our defense played another great game, other than giving up a 45 yard pass and 56 yard pass, which both led to 2 touchdowns by El Cerrito (12 points).  No single running back had more than 40 yards on El Cerrito and no single WR had more than 3 catches.

Nick Pearson (#4)

Interception = 1 (3rd for the year)

Fumbles Recovered = 2

Solo Tackles = 1

Asst Tackles = 3

Alex Cortessis (#51)

Fumbles Caused = 2

Solo Tackles = 2

Asst Tackles = 3

TFL = 2

Scott Brydon (#6)

Solo Tackles = 4

Asst Tackles = 3

Fumble Recovery = 1 for 13 yard return

Tommy Thrasher (#27)

Solo Tackles = 1

Asst Tackles = 8

TFL = 0.5

Football JV Soundly Defeat El Cerrito 46-12

Football JV Soundly Defeat El Cerrito 46-12
In Friday nights JV game, the Dons crushed the El Cerrito Gauchos by a score of 46-12. Brady Huchingson threw for 4 touchdowns and ran for one to lead the offense. Jackson Aris-Dumas caught three touchdowns. On the defense, Graham Oh overcame an injured knee to lead the defense with 11 tackles. Niko Cortessis and Ryan Tresser had 6 tackles apiece.
 

Time of Possession

Acalanes = 14:33

El Cerrito = 25:27

(This includes the last 4:00 minutes of running the clock out in the 4th quarter.)

Total Yards

Acalanes = 298

El Cerrito = 181

Penalties = 1 for 15 yards  (Very clean game.)

Brady Huchingson (QB)

Passing: 8 of 12 (67%)

Passing yards: 193

TD Passes = 4

Longest Completion = 41 yards to Joe Evans

Interceptions = 0

2pt Passing Conversions = 2

Rushing = 6 for 34 yards

Rushing TDs = 1

Rushing 2-pt conversions = 1

Jackson Aris-Dumas (WR)

Receptions = 4

Receiving Yards = 75

Longest Reception = 28 yards

TDs = 3

Heyman (WR)

Receptions = 1

Receiving Yards = 37

Longest Reception = 37 yards

TDs = 1

Graham Oh (#13)

Solo Tackles = 6

Asst Tackles = 5

TFL = 4.5

Fumble Recovery for 18-yard TD = 1

Niko Cortessis (#2)

Solo Tackles = 4

Asst Tackles = 2

TFL = 1

Sacks

#2 Cortessis = 1 for 9 yards

#60 Jara = 1 for 7 yards

Football Faces Tough Battles This Week

Football Faces Tough Battles This Week

The football teams have a big challenge this week as they play Archbishop Mitty from San Jose.  Mitty’s varsity team is ranked #5 in the Central Coast Section according to the Prep2Prep football rankings, while Prep2Prep ranks Acalanes #21 in the North Coast Section.

 The varsity game is at 7 pm at Acalanes.  The JV also plays at home at 4:30.  The freshman play away at Archbishop Mitty at 10:00 am on Saturday.    

Football JV Blanks Rodriguez 28-0

Football JV Blanks Rodriguez 28-0

Last Friday the JV Dons completely dominated Rodgriquez 28 to 0.  Game high lights include 2 touchdown passes for Brady Huchingson, a 46 touchdown reception for Joe Evans, and two interceptions, a sack and a touchdown reception for Cortessis.

Time of Possession

Acalanes = 15:26

Rodriguez = 24:34

 

Total Yards

Acalanes = 226

Rodriguez = 115

 

Brady Huchingson (QB)

Passing: 8 of 20 (40%)

Passing yards: 163

TD Passes = 2

Longest Completion = 46 yards to Joe Evans

Interceptions = 1

 

Touchdowns

1.       Oh – 13 yard rushing

2.       Evans – 46 yard reception

3.       Cortessis – 8 yard reception

4.       Pearson – 1 yard rushing

 

Graham Oh (#13)

Solo Tackles = 3

Asst Tackles = 8

TFL = 2.5

 

Fumble Recoveries

#2 Cortessis

 

Sacks

#2 Cortessis = 1.0

#24 Pearson = 0.5

#70 Carrillo = 0.5

Football Varsity Outpaces Rodriguez 48-27

Football Varsity Outpaces Rodriguez 48-27

Varsity soundly defeated Rodriguez on Friday, with a final score of 48 for the Dons and 27 for Rodriguez.   The Dons vastly improved their time of possession, however penalties seem to be increasing for the varsity.   High lights include 5 TD passes by Nick Kresnak, 9 catches for Nick Eppinger, a fumble recover for a touchdown by Alex Cortessis, and two interceptions for Nick Pearson. 

     

Time of Possession

Acalanes = 27:49

Rodriguez = 20:03

 

Total Offensive Yards

Acalanes = 485

Rodriguez = 237

 

Nick Kresnak (QB)

Passing: 22 of 48 (46%)

Passing yards: 304

TD Passes = 5

Longest Completion = 38 yards to Eppinger

 

Lucas Eppinger (WR)

Catches = 9

Yards = 122

TDs = 3

Longest Reception = 38

 

Keaziah Smith (WR)

Total Yards = 167

Catches = 6

Yards = 82

Longest Catch = 31 yards

Rushes = 4

Rushing Yards = 45

Rushing TDs = 1

Longest Rush = 30 yards

Kickoff Returns = 1 for 40 yards

 

Jack Muren (WR)

Catches = 4

Yards = 54

TDs = 1

Longest Reception = 30

 

Chris Rogers (WR)

Catches = 3

Receiving yards = 46

TDs = 1

 

Jake Delaney (RB, KR)

Total yards = 134

Rushing yards = 70

Kick Return yards = 64

Longest Rush = 22

Longest Return = 64

Defense

Nick Bettencourt (#31)

Solo Tackles = 2

Asst Tackles = 6

TFL = 1

 

Tommy Thrasher (#27)

Solo Tackles = 2

Asst Tackles = 4

TFL = 0.5

Fumbles Caused = 1

 

Addison Early (#64)

Solo = 0

Asst Tackles = 3

Fumbles Caused = 1

Fumbles Recovered = 1

 

Nick Pearson (#4)

Solo Tackles = 2

Interceptions = 2

INT yards = 28

 

Alex Cortessis (#51)

Fumble Recovery for TD in end Zone

Varsity Football Defeats Vintage 28-27

Varsity Football Defeats Vintage 28-27

The varsity Dons defeated Vintage Crushers 28-27 Friday night in Napa.    The game came down to the wire, with a blocked extra point giving the win to Dons.

  

 

Offensive High Lights

Time of Possession

Acalanes = 16:18

Las Lomas = 29:49 30:37

(Vintage nearly doubled our time of possession.)

Total Yards

Acalanes = 398 388

Vintage = 326

 

Nick Kresnak (QB)

Passing: 21 of 33 (64%) 20 of 32 (63%)

Passing yards: 320 310

TD Passes = 4

Longest Completion = 58 yards to Rogers

Interceptions = 1

Fumbles = 1

 

Chris Rogers (WR)

Catches = 9 8

Receiving yards = 151 140

TDs = 2

Longest Reception = 58

 

Jake Delaney (RB, KR)

Total yards = 221 219

Rushing yards = 78

Receiving yards = 46

Kick Return yards = 97 95

Longest Rush = 31

Longest Reception = 25

Longest Return = 29

 

Keaziah Smith (WR)

Catches = 4

Yards = 44

TDs = 1

Solo Tackles = 3

Asst Tackles = 4

Longest Reception = 30

 

Jack Muren (WR)

Catches = 2

Yards = 40

TDs = 1

Longest Reception = 20

 

Defensive High Lights

Tommy Thrasher

Solo Tackles = 4 2

Asst Tackles = 9 14

TFL = 1.5 1.0

 

Nick Bettencourt (#31)

Solo Tackles = 2 1

Asst Tackles = 12 10

TFL = 2

 

Addison Early (#64)

Solo = 3

Asst Tackles = 5 6

TFL = 0.5

 

Alex Cortessis (#51)

Solo Tackles = 3

Asst Tackles = 4 5

 

Football Freshman Tie Vintage 6-6

Football Freshman Tie Vintage 6-6

The Freshman Dons defense performed great, keeping Vintage to only 6 points.  However, Vintage ran for 301 yards, and #42 who ran for 206 yards, was their leading tackler, their kicker, etc.  Vintage’s #42 was a one man show.  There was a lot of action and possession changes with 9 fumbles (8 lost) and 1 interception.  Penalties went down a bit from last week, however there were still a combined 14.

 

  

Final Score:  Acalanes 6 vs Vintage 6

Time of Possession

Acalanes = 16:44

Vintage = 23:16 

Total Offense Yards

Acalanes = 67

Vintage = 301

Defensive Highlights

Evan Malmquist (#4)

Solo Tackles = 8

Asst Tackles = 8

Sacks = 0.5 for -7 yards

Fumble Recoveries = 3 (2 defensive and 1 offensive)

Fumbles Caused = 2

 

Nick Eppinger (#17)

Solo Tackles: 6

Asst Tackles: 5

Sacks = 1.5 for -8 yards

 

Logan Ketcham

Solo Tackles: 2

Asst Tackles = 5

TFL = 0.5

 

Eli Berkowitz #66

Solo Tackles = 2

Asst Tackles = 4

Fumbles Recovered = 2

Fumbles Caused = 1

 

Ibis Pond (#70)

Solo Tackles = 1

Asst Tackles = 7

Football — Freshman Defeat Edison 23 to 13

Football — Freshman Defeat Edison 23 to 13

On Friday, Aug 17, the Acalanes Don’s freshman football team defeated the Edison Vikings, with 23 points for the Dons, and 13 points for the Vikings.

Game High Lights:

Luke Souza

Passing: 13 for 20, 195 yards

Passing TDs: 2

Rushing TDs: 1

2-Point Conversions: 2

 

Miles Bergman

7 catches for 90 yards

TDs: 1

2-Point Conversion: 1

 

Will Berrien

3 catches for 73 yards

Longest catch 54 yards

TDs: 1

 

Eli Berkowitz

Solo Tackles: 3

Asst Tackles: 5

TFL: 2

 

Logan Ketcham

Solo Tackles: 2

1 Sack for -6 yards

 

Sam Hafner

Assist Tackles: 1

TFL: 1

Fumble Recoveries: 1