On Friday, Oct. 11, the team lost to Trabuco Hills by a score of 14-42.
The team had success on special teams, accumulating 134 return yards on three returns, averaging 44.7 yards per return. Junior Noah Simpson attributed greatly to this success with a monstrous 97-yard kick-off return for a touchdown. On top of Simpson’s special team efforts, senior Landen Miller punted the ball only three times for a total of 103 yards. Although he averaged 34.3 yards per punt, his long of the night was 47 yards, setting up the opposition with substandard field position.
In the homecoming game, Dana faced Laguna Hills on Friday, Oct. 4. In the second overtime thriller of the season, the game came down to the wire; however, this time, the team was unable to come out with a win. Laguna Hills scored a 2-point conversion to win the game by a score of 28-27, ending the team’s historic six-game winning streak.
Despite the loss, junior Kellen McGrath had himself a game, racking up 151 reception yards on only six receptions and accounted for two out of Dana’s three touchdowns. Senior Sam Schultz played well on the defensive side of the ball, obtaining 16 total tackles and three tackles-for-loss.
Furthermore, the defense as a whole played efficiently, accumulating 93 total tackles in comparison to the opponent’s 68, and the defense held the Hawks to only 146 passing yards. Senior Zac Saavedra threw for over 300 yards on 68 percent passing. The team showed great resilience in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points.
Saavedra reflected, “We knew we could take the game. The sky’s the limit and the only limitation we had was ourselves, and that’s what our mindset was going into the 4th.”
Against Ocean View on Sept. 27, the team extended their winning streak to six games, defeating the Seahawks by a score of 20 to 7. Saavedra accumulated a total of 215 offensive yards. He not only used his mobility, rushing for 35 yards on eight carries, but he also showcased his passing abilities, throwing for 178 yards while completing 55.2% of his passes. Remi Kislig received a 25 yard touchdown pass from Saavedra, and junior Will Craven lead the team in receiving yards with 54 yards on six receptions.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior Liam Boersma had another big game, for of his four tackles-for-loss, three were sacks, maintaining his status as the team’s leader in sacks. Furthermore, Junior Aiden Frangipane intercepted the opposing team and returned the interception 54 yards, giving the team valuable field position.
The football team has two games left in the season. On Friday, Oct. 18, the team will face Aliso Niguel at home and try to end their two-game losing streak. On Friday, Oct. 25, the team will play their final game of the season at San Juan Hills. These two games will be crucial in securing a spot in the CIF playoffs.
games left in the season. On Friday, Oct. 18, the team will face Aliso Niguel at home and hope to end their 2-game losing streak. On Friday, Oct. 25, the team will play their final game of the season at San Juan Hills. These two games will be crucial in securing a spot in the CIF playoffs.
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