In the first game under the new stadium lights, the Dons (2-0) gave the Aragon crowd much to cheer for as they cruised past South San Francisco (0-3) 35-0.
“I’m glad we got to break in the new stadium with a win,” says head coach Steve Sell. “We could’ve executed a lot better. But, we made plays when we needed to.”
The defense was dominant for the entirety of the game, shutting out the Warriors and stifling their offense. Junior linebacker and running back Camron Grant led the red and black with three sacks.
“Our defense works as one unit. We are one heartbeat,” says Grant. “That’s they key to winning games, getting shutouts and winning championships.”
The secondary was outstanding as well. In the early second quarter, although he was beaten by a South City receiver, senior wide receiver and defensive back Davion Cox forced a fumble, allowing junior free safety Matt Gee to recover the ball and run it back for another six points.
Despite putting 35 points on the board, the Dons had their offense set back numerous times with multiple penalties.
“They were careless penalties, lining up wrong and being careless,” says Sell. “We’ve got to be more disciplined.”
Furthermore, the Dons lost an important part of their offensive line, junior guard and defensive tackle Marvin West, in the second quarter.
“I don’t think he’s coming back, so we’re not going to be quite as strong on the offensive line,” says Sell. “We’re gonna have to step up and play well.”
The Dons will take on Palo Alto next Friday, but despite the Vikings’ 0-3 record in the De Anza League thus far, the red and black are not expecting an easy game.
“Paly is a great team, so we are expecting a hard-fought game,” says Grant. “It’s hard to go into Paly and win, but we are gonna try and do it.”