Football Tops Dougherty Valley, Again

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Nick Johnson

Junior Jonathan Hughes stiff arms a Dougherty Valley defender in their 42-26 victory on Thursday night.

Nick Johnson, Staff Writer

Varsity football defeated the Dougherty Valley Wildcats 42-27 on Thursday, October 3. The game was played on Thursday in order to avoid conflict with the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur on Friday, October 4.

Senior running back Nick Fadelli ran for one of his two touchdowns to put the Cougars up for the first time 14-7 with 4:24 left in the 2nd quarter. He finished with 12 carries for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Head coach Kevin Macy said that although victorious, his team still made some mistakes. “We had a lot of penalties in the first half. We were a little out of rhythm playing on a Thursday night, but all the penalties were legitimate,” he said.

At halftime, the Cougars were ahead by two scores, 21-10.

Fadelli said that their aggressive play was part of their game plan. “We came out throwing the ball, and we had a couple of good runs that helped us out and our defense stepped up and shut them down a couple times,” he said.

Petite also said the work of the defense was instrumental. “Tonight, we had 11 hats on the ball every time. When we were wrapping guys up, we got everyone on the ball, which is really impressive for us,” he said.

Petite had 4 receptions for 106 yards, averaging 26 yards per catch. As a team, the Cougars finished with 577 total yards.

Campolindo scored 2 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, and one in the 4th quarter. However, they allowed 16 points to the Wildcats in the 4th quarter.

Dougherty Valley head coach Nick Tisa  believed that there were positives for his team in the 4th quarter. “We’re big on evaluating the 4th quarter, and we won the 4th quarter. We were able to score in the end. Campo’s a good football team. I can tell you right now, its going to be them or Las Lomas who wins league. Campo’s got our number. That’s 4 in a row to them,” he said.

Senior quarterback Jack Stephens finished 10 of 16 for 250 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also scrambled for 5 yards.

Petite praised his quarterback’s performance. “Stephens is just a total stud, and he makes me look good. He puts the ball in a spot that only I can go get it, and that was huge for us,” he said.

With a large lead in the 4th quarter, Campolindo put sophomore backup quarterback Jacob Westphal in the game. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 46 yards in the victory.

Campolindo is now 6-0 and 3-0 in league play. Dougherty Valley fell to 2-3 and 1-2 in league play. The Cougars will play at Alhambra High School on October 10.