Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Dos Pueblos Game

Dos Pueblos Chargers (2-0)
Newbury Park Panthers (2-1)

The Panthers enjoyed a solid week of practice with a much more focused group of players after last week's 49-25 drubbing at the hands of the Agoura Chargers.

Here come the Panthers!

First NP offensive play of the game,
Ruben Soria to . . .

. . . a wide open Ian Albaeck
for a 51 yard TD, NP up 7-0 early

 The Defense played well early
forcing Three & Outs on the Chargers'
first three possessions of the game

 Ruben Soria returned an Interception . . .

. . . 42 yards

And that is when the wheels came off the wagon for the second straight week.

In the next 7:30 of game time, from the 3:36 mark of the First quarter until there was 8:06 left in the Second Quarter, we would suffer through two lost fumbles, two pick-six interceptions and gave up an 81 yard TD pass on a 3rd and 18 play. We were now down 7-26.

But we would hold fast despite the adversity.

The Defense continued to play hard

And our receivers, like Logan Popok,
kept attacking the ball

Broken Up Pass

At the half . . .

We were still down only 7-26 despite a total of five First Half turnovers.

Our courage would quickly be tested again as Dos Pueblos recovered the Second Half kickoff on a perfectly placed pooch kick.

Defense responds as Ian Albaeck
intercepted a Chargers' pass!

Cole Peterson rushing during our
Second Half opening 16 play TD drive

Ian Albaeck had a GREAT day!

He had 12 receptions for 172 yards and a TD to go with his three tackles, an interception and a broken up pass. 

TJ Davis diving for every yard possible

An Ian Albaeck catch . . .

. . . and another

Logan Popok again . . .

. . . and again

Logan had four catches for 32 yards, three tackles, broke up a pass and returned two Kickoffs for 22 yards.

Ian Albaeck is our "Go to Guy"

Chargers CB played with a club

Mike Contreras giving words of wisdom
after our second straight defeat

The final score was DP (3-0) 26 - NP (2-2) 16. We had a total of eight turnovers in the game that were the obvious difference in the two teams on this day.

On the plus side, we all felt that our boys fought hard to the end despite the obstacles.

Up next is another non-league game against a Los Angeles City Section squad next Friday, September 25, at Venice H.S. The Gondoliers' JV team is 0-3 on the campaign.

Reading Is FUNdamental

This was a the fifth book that I have read in Andrea Camilleri's wonderful Detective Montalbano series set in a fictional town in Sicily.

Camilleri has written another page turner that is equal parts crime solving, Sicilian cuisine and Sicilian culture. Can't wait to get started on his next book that awaits me at the Camarillo Public Library.

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