Brahmas rebound from loss, win 27-13 against Cypress

Ryan Chae, Asst. Sports Editor

Rebounding from last week’s close loss, the Diamond Bar High School Brahmas responded with a resounding 27-13 win over the Cypress Centurions Friday.

“We looked good at times and it was ugly at times, but the kids bounced back from last week and a win is a win,” head coach Marcus Hughes said.

The game started off with a failed onside kick by the Centurions, giving the Brahmas a good field position at the 50. As the drive continued, DB was able to move up the field, leading to a 3-yard rushing touchdown by senior running back Dimaggio Rico with six minutes remaining in the quarter.

Three minutes later, the Brahmas scored once again with a 30-yard rushing touchdown by senior wide receiver Kyle Yada. However, DB did not lift the foot off the gas pedal, as the defense was able to recover a fumble by the Centurions with little over a minute left in the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Brahmas could not capitalize on the Centurions’ fumble when the team turned over the ball on downs. The Centurions would follow suit on their next drive, turning it over on DB’s 41.

The quarter would be a tug of war between the two teams until junior quarterback Grant Mestas threw a 68-yard touchdown to Yada, extending the lead by six points. The team would fail to convert a 2-point conversion, leaving them with a 20 point advantage heading into halftime.

Entering the third quarter, the Centurions came out hard as they would score on a 29-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 20-6. Cypress would continue to push DB, but an interception with less than four minutes left by junior defensive back Jaime House would give the Brahmas the momentum. Despite the energy and opportunity, DB would be held scoreless for the entire quarter.

Although the fourth quarter was a battle between both team’s defenses, the game picked up speed with less than two minutes left due to a 20-yard rushing touchdown made by Cypress’ QB. The Centurions were back in the game with a 20-13 score. However, all hopes of tying the game would end when Rico rushed for a 30-yard touchdown, closing out the Centurions, 27-13.

With an impressive 4-1 record, DB looks ready to take on league, but the Brahmas know that they have improvements to be made to succeed.

“As a team, we need to be a better second half one. We came out strong, and we just relaxed towards the end,” said Rico.