Facing a must-win situation, the Amador Valley football team renewed its long time rivalry with Dublin in style, posting a big 24-7 win over the Gaels laat Friday night.
Besides winning on the school's homecoming night, it was a crucial win for the Dons, pulling the team to 3-5 overall and 3-3 in East Bay Athletic League play.
“It was nice to get that one,” said Amador coach Danny Jones. “We’re banged up, but the kids fought hard and we got one.”
It also gave the Dons some momentum heading into this week tough task of facing Monte Vista in Danville.
The Mustangs are 7-0 overall and 6-0 in EBAL play. They average 41 points a game and allow 9.7. The team features at least three NCAA Div. I players in quarterback: Jake Haener (Washington), Nate Landman (Colorado) and Erik Krommenhoek (USC).
“They are very good,” said Jones of the Mustangs. “It seems like they never have a third down. But we have to focus on ourselves. You can’t beat yourself over the head with what they can do, you just have to focus on playing good defense and try to shorten the game.”
After Monte Vista, the Dons have a week off before closing with Foothill.
Regardless what happens with Monte Vista, the Dons and Jones know a win over Foothill would get the team in the playoffs.
Across town, Foothill plays host to Granada in another huge game.
The Matadors opened the season 3-0, but have since dropped five straight. They stand 3-5 overall and 1-4 in league. However, it may be a cliché, but the Mats are the best 1-4 team in the EBAL. And they have always been a tough foe for Foothill.
Foothill (3-4, 2-2) opened the season in a reversal from Granada, going 0-3, but then came back with three straight wins to move to 3-3. Last Friday they fell 35-0 to De La Salle, but will look to win three to end the season against Granada, Livermore and Amador Valley.
But in the new age of the EBAL, Livermore and Granada will both pick dogfights and when you hit the rivalry of Amador, records and history are thrown out the window.
The Foothill High School Girls Water Polo Team captured fourth place out of 42 Teams in the 39th Annual Western States High School Water Polo tournament last Friday and Saturday in Modesto.
The defense played a major role with the Falcons retaining possession of the ball most of the game, thanks to 12 steals, with major contributors being Senior Maddie David and fellow senior Brooke Christian with four steals a piece.
Junior Madison Weiglein led the offense in the second game against Menlo-Atherton with four goals and two assists, including a game winner right before the buzzer for the 7-6 win.
In the third and final game of the day, Foothill defeated Golden West of Visalia 7-4 to clinch a top four spot in the tournament. McElroy led the offense with three goals and an assist, with the team getting help on defense by goalie senior Negar
Tehranian who had seven saves.
Foothill fell short on day two of the tournament dropping a match Fresno's Sanger High by a 10-1 final, and followed with a 10-3 loss to St. Mary's of Stockton.
The tournament offense was led by David and McElroy each with eight goals and defense by Weiglein and senior Negin Tehranian with eleven and eight steals, respectively. It was a great weekend for the Lady Falcons who were seeded 16th coming into the tournament and finished in the top four.