Brahmas yet to earn first league win

Ryan Chae, Sports Editor

Diamond Bar’s woes on the football field continued Friday as the Brahmas dropped their second league match against the Ayala Bulldogs, 28-3.

While neither team could put any points on the board in the first half, Ayala exploded for 3 touchdowns in the third quarter to seal a victory over the Brahmas.

Ayala began the game with the ball , rushing for 17 yards on one play and converting a 4th and 1 with a 12-yard run. However, DB was able to swing the energy to its side after defensive lineman Elijah Mott tipped a pass and intercepted the ball on DB’s 30.  

The Brahmas failed  to score on their first drive, forcing them to punt the ball, which was caught by Ayala on its 28. The Bulldogs earned a first down, but not much more, before turning the ball over again with a fumble. DB recovered the ball on its 44, but again, the Brahmas could not get near the endzone, , punting the ball to Ayala’s 3-yard line.

The Brahmas prevented Ayala from getting a first down and got the ball back on Ayala’s 27 after a punt.

The first play of the drive was a throw to wide receiver Jovan Thompson in the end zone, but he could not  hold on to the ball. DB would fail to score again, turning it over on downs after a sack on quarterback Grant Mestas.

On their next drive, the Bulldogs were able to get the ball to DB’s 22 before attempting a field goal. However, the Brahmas kept the score even at zero after blocking the field goal and recovering the ball on their 31.

Again, the Brahmas did not score and punted with 38 seconds left in the second quarter. Ayala ran the clock out, ending the half at 0-0.

The second half was a different story as he Bulldogs woke up and scored 28 straight points.

DB was forced to punt away its first drive of the half, giving the ball to Ayala on the Brahmas’ 38.

After attempting to run multiple times, Ayala entered the red zone with  a 28-yard catch on a 4th and 8. Starting from the eight, the Bulldogs rushed for the first score of the game, putting them up 7-0.

On their next drive, the Brahmas had another three-and-out. With the ball back, Ayala scored another touchdown with a 26-yard catch-and-run.

Halfway through the quarter, DB had the ball again, but a false start penalty and a sack pushed DB into a 4th and 30 situation. The Brahmas punted the ball and with possession, Ayala went on another drive for a touchdown. At the end of  the third quarter, the Bulldogs were up 21-0.

On their drive after Ayala’s third touchdown, the Brahmas could not earn a first down and were forced to punt again. On Ayala’s drive, the Brahmas were finally able to stop the Bulldogs from scoring and got the ball back after a punt that landed on the 50.

After a botched snap that pushed the ball back ten yards, the Brahmas could not gain a first down and were forced to punt again.

With the ball on their 35, the Bulldogs pushed the ball up the field and earned their fourth touchdown of the night with less than four minutes left in the game.

On its final drive of the night, DB was able to score on a 13-yard field goal with the help of a 49-yard run by running back Jeremiah Chukwudobe. With a final score of 28-3, the Brahmas’ record dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in league.

Next Friday, the Brahmas will attempt to earn their first league victory in a home game against South Hills.