Chargers suffer first loss against Lompoc Braves
Unfortunately for the Dos Pueblos Chargers, history repeated itself Friday night at the Scott O’Leary stadium.
The Chargers lost to the Lompoc Braves, final score of 31-14.
The Braves, now 4-0, lead the game and left the the Chargers with their first loss of the season.
The Chargers were able to hold off Lompoc for most of first quarter until a break in Dos Pueblos’ defense.
At the end of the first half, the Braves ran a ten-yard touchdown and took the lead into halftime.
But DP didn’t go down without a fight.
Coming off the timeout, junior quarterback Leshon Bell scored a two-yard sneak and was able to put DP on the scoreboard.
The run by Bell gave the Chargers the momentum they needed in the fourth quarter.
Senior wide receiver, Robert Gulvin, caught a touchdown pass from Bell which put the Chargers one touchdown away from the Braves.
Despite DP attempting to close the gap, the Braves pulled ahead and finished the game just as they did last season.
Lompoc was able to consistently run the ball which head coach Nate Mendoza thought was a result of a relaxed Charger defense. However, Mendoza didn’t feel like the loss set the Chargers back but acted more as a measure of where they stand as a team considering that the Braves stand as number one in the Western Division.
“It’s only the fourth game of the year,” said Mendoza. ”It was a good measuring stick.”
Despite the loss, the Chargers are already looking to add another win to their 3-1 record against Rio Mesa next friday at home.