The Dons football team continued their winning streak on Friday, cruising to a 30-0 win against South San Francisco (SSF), as Aragon improved its record to 3-0 after high scoring wins against Carlmont (57-23) and San Mateo (42-14).
The team continued backing up their dominant offense with stellar defense. Starting right out of the gate, Aragon put up 24 points in the first half without a legitimate scoring threat on the SSF side.
Junior Gabe Campos has stepped into the team’s starting quarterback. His performance on Friday was highlighted by a 90-yard touchdown pass to junior Davion Cox, which brought the Dons to their final 30-0 score.
However, Campos is quick to give credit to others, saying, “[We] have confidence…in our team and our running backs. [I] just have to keep the team going and keep them confident, and just keep the rhythm going.”
Senior Siua Tongamoa provided the Dons with another source of leadership, putting points up on both sides of the ball. Tongamoa first put the Dons on the board with a 54-yard touchdown run on the team’s first offensive play of the game, and, in the second quarter, got his second touchdown of the game off a 46-yard interception, to give Aragon a 21-0 lead.
The Dons’ win keeps their undefeated streak alive, but this is hardly un-chartered territory for the team. Last season, the Dons began the season 4-0 and, in 2014, they started 9-0.
“I like to schedule local teams,” says Sell, “and it just so happens that the teams we’ve played the last couple years in the first couple weeks have been struggling a little bit, so I think that has to do with it. I think we’re pretty good, too.”
Another major contributor to the Dons’ early success is their mindset.
“I absolutely love this group of kids,” Sell says, “They work hard, they’re good natured kids. For the most part, they know when to be serious.”
In addition to the coaches, the team’s work ethic is apparent to the players as well, and played a particularly important role in the team’s hammering of SSF.
“Practice this week, that’s what came into the game. That’s what made us come out with a [win] today,” says Tongamoa.
Looking forward, the Dons have high expectations.
“We’d like to win the championship,” says Sell. “We’d like to be league champions, and if we can’t be league champions, we’d like to make the playoffs.”
The Dons have two more weeks to prepare before league play begins. For now, though, Aragon is focusing on their upcoming matchups. In the coming weeks, they are slated to take on Daly City, Jefferson, and Aptos.