League record turns to 4 losses

Ryan Chae, Asst. Sports Editor

With the season winding down, the Diamond Bar High School Brahmas dropped their final home game against the Bonita Bearcats, bring their league record to 0-4.

The Brahmas only touchdown came in the third quarter when Dimaggio Rico scored after a long drive. Diamond Bar was unable to break through Bonita’s defense again, losing 26-7.

“I thought the kids fought hard. Defense made some adjustments. On offense, we had a few good drives, but we just couldn’t make the plays,” head coach Marcus Hughes said.

The Brahmas had possession to start the game and came out with a quick start. DB converted a second and 19 with a 26-yard rush by senior running back Rico. With momentum, the team attempted to convert a fourth and one at its own 49-yard line on the next set of downs. However, the Brahmas could not get the yard, turning over the ball.

With great field position, the Bearcats were able to score on a 9-yard rushing touchdown with 8:34 left in the first quarter, giving them a 7-0 lead.

The Brahmas’ next drive was a quick three-and-out on their own 20, forcing them to punt. The punter was unable to handle the snap, but he was just able to kick the ball to DB’s 40.

Once again, Bonita took advantage of the field position, scoring another touchdown with less than five minutes left in the first quarter and leaving the game at 14-0.

The Brahmas would have to punt on their next drive, but regained possession on downs right before the quarter ended.

The second quarter began with a fourth down for DB, and the team decided to go for it. Again, the Brahmas could not convert the down, giving the ball back to the Bearcats.

After a pass interference call, Bonita moved up to DB’s 26, and scored a rushing touchdown with nine minutes left. The Bearcats would miss the PAT, giving them a 20-0 lead.

The rest of the quarter was a back and forth battle between the two teams, ending with a turnover on downs by Bonita.

In the third quarter, the Brahmas forced the Bearcats to punt on the first drive of the quarter. With the ball, DB went on a drive that included a fourth and one conversion on its own 26 and a face mask penalty against Bonita that moved the Brahmas to the Bearcats’ 41. With 14 seconds left, Rico rushed for a 3-yard touchdown, cutting Bonita’s lead to 20-7.

When the fourth quarter began, DB looked to have momentum, forcing Bonita to punt on the first drive of the quarter. However, the Brahmas would have to punt as well. The Bearcats stopped the comeback as they scored the final touchdown of the game with eight minutes left, leaving them with the final score of 26-7.
Next week, the Brahmas look to close out their season against the Glendora Tartans.

“We have one game left against the best team in our league. What I just think at this point is that they have nothing to lose and they’ll just go out there and have some fun and we’ll see what happens,” Hughes said.