DP shares league title with Santa Barbara Dons
By Emma Redick | Sports Editor
With cheering crowds and high expectations, emotions ran high as Friday wasn’t your average Friday night football game.
It was a hard-fought battle between cross-town rivals for the Channel League and City Champion titles and the last league game of the season.
And for some, it was the last league game of their lives.
In this finale, the Santa Barbara Dons headed across town to the home of the Dos Pueblos Chargers, took the victory and now share the league title with DP, final score 24-17.
Despite the loss, the Chargers battled point-for-point with the Dons for three quarters and still face a bright future.
The first quarter started with back-to-back touchdowns. As the Dons scored the first touchdown of the game, the Chargers were quick to return the attack. Senior Dylan Rohde took a handoff from quarterback Leshon Bell for a 59-yard touchdown, ending the quarter 7-7.
In the second quarter, the Chargers took control and led the game as Bell connected a pass to fullback Nico Bornand who ran in the touchdown, putting the score at 14-7. However, the Dons returned the touchdown to end the quarter with another tied score of 14-14.
In the third, both teams lost the driving momentum they needed to continue offensive attacks. Both Dos Pueblos and Santa Barbara were forced to turn over the ball throughout the quater leaving the score tied at 14-14.
The fourth quarter was where the Chargers lost their grip on the game.
The Dons retook the lead from a touchdown, 21-14. After the touchdown, the Chargers were unable to gain a first down and Santa Barbara was then able to add three more points through a 35-yard field goal.
The Dos Pueblos Chargers, again unable to gain the first down, took their final three points of the game as Bornand scored a three-point field goal.
As the clock counted down the final five seconds, the Santa Barbara Dons rushed the field, filling the blue and gold stadium with green and gold pride.
The Dos Pueblos Chargers headed back to the locker room declining interviews and comments.
Despite the Santa Barbara victory, not all is lost for Dos Pueblos.
The Charger season is far from over since DP made it into the first round of CIF play and are still considered league champions due to both teams earning the title.
Despite the loss, the Chargers finished their season with a 7-2 overall record and 3-1 league record, which is the best they have recorded since 2011.
Although the season didn’t end with the gold, the Chargers still have more yards to run, passes to catch and touchdowns to score in CIF play.