Brahma Football Tramples over Don Lugo Competition


Xing Yen Quek

TOUCHDOWN – Sophomore Kanya Bell sprints to complete a touchdown in the second quarter.

The Diamond Bar High School football team beat the Don Lugo Conquistadors at home last Friday 51-13. The game was a “Military Appreciation Game” and was a tribute to all of the teachers that were in the army.  Before the game, former marine and coach Albert Lim was a honorary  co-captain.This game marks the first win of the 2012 football season.

“It feels good to finally get one under our belt,” Head Coach Maine said. The Brahmas started the game with a field goal from junior kicker Nolan Luzzi. Then the Brahmas’ defense was able to give the Conquistadors a three and out, forcing Don Lugo to punt the ball and giving great field position to the Brahmas. Junior running back Tyler Brown took advantage and scored a touchdown on a one yard run. However, the Brahmas failed to convert the extra point, making the score 9-0.

In the second quarter, the Conquistadors were able to carry the ball further down the field. However, Don Lugo could not score because the Conquistadors tried to convert a fourth down but failed to, due to the Brahmas’ strong defense. On the first play after the failed fourth conversion, sophomore quarterback Tyler Peterson threw an 80 yard touchdown pass to running back Brown.

Later in the quarter, senior defensive lineman Andres Meave recovered a fumble for the Brahmas. Taking advantage of the turnover, Peterson threw a 32 yard touchdown on a screen pass to sophomore wide receiver Kanya Bell. Due to their stellar defense, the Brahmas scored another touchdown with Peterson‘s 17 yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Austin Cox. This was Peterson’s third touchdown of the half. The Conquistadors were able to score a touchdown during the final seconds of the second quarter, making it 27-7 at the end of the half.

The Brahmas’ defense started the third quarter giving the Conquistadors another three and out. On the next possession, Peterson threw a pass to Bell for a 40 yard completion, giving DBHS an opportunity to score. However, instead of getting a touchdown, the team completed a field goal for a 30-7 lead.

In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Peterson threw another touchdown to sophomore wide receiver Cordell Broadus. Peterson finished the game completing 12 out of his 20 passes and throwing for 279 yards with four touchdowns. Then the Brahmas’ special teams recovered an onside kick by Luzzi which led to another touchdown by Brown. Brown rushed for 101 yards, received for 156 yards, and had three touchdowns. DBHS had full control of the game with a 44-13 lead. In the final seconds of the game, DBHS scored another touchdown, making the total 51-13. “It was great to get this off our chest as we came and won this game,” senior co-captain Chris Knight. said.

Although the Brahmas won by such a large margin, the team was called for multiple penalties. “There are some things we still have to tweak,” Knight commented. This is the second straight game that the Brahmas’ offense scored more than 35 points. “We always expect to get on an offensive roll and even though we blew them out, we always try to get better,” Peterson expressed.

Although the DBHS offense was nearly impeccable, the team’s defense is what truly won the game. It had three sacks, two turnovers, and gave the offensive many chances to score.. “The last two games we could not finish, but tonight we finished,” Maine said.

The Brahmas are now 1-2 in the season. They expect to capture another victory on Sept. 14 at home against the Brea Olinda Wildcats. We want to play our best and continue to win games,” Maine commented.