Team loses eighth straight game

Ryan Chae, Sports Editor

Following a 45-13 loss against the Glendora Tartans, the Diamond Bar football team dropped its eighth straight game, a 47-25 loss against the Ayala Bulldogs on Oct. 20.

Junior Jeremiah Chukwadobe carried the Brahmas’ workload with three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough, as the defense gave up six TDs and a field goal.

The Bulldogs opened the game up quickly, rushing for a TD on the first possession of the game. Subsequently, Ayala’s defense attacked DB from the start, drawing a safety to put  the Bulldogs up 9-0 after just five minutes.

With possession again, Ayala kicked  a field goal, extending the lead, 12-0. However, the Brahmas fired back on their second drive  after senior Charles Miller returned a kickoff to Ayala’s 23. Chukwadobe then scored a 23-yard rushing touchdown, cutting the lead 12-6 after DB missed the extra point with 3:22 in the first.

Right away, the Bulldogs responded with a return touchdown, stretching the lead 19-6 after the PAT. To end the first quarter, the Brahmas started a drive at their 20. The drive culminated into a 15-yard rushing TD by Chukwadobe, but a failed two-point conversion only shortened the lead to seven.

Ayala took possession and, again, extended the lead with another rushing TD and PAT with 7:24 in the half. The Bulldogs got the ball back off a DB punt and scored another TD with less than two minutes in the half. Going into halftime, DB was down 33-12.

To start the half, DB attacked quickly, scoring a 50-yard rushing TD by Miller, but again, the Brahmas missed the extra point, cutting the lead to 33-18. However, the Bulldogs killed DB’s momentum with a TD of their own, hitting 40 points after the PAT.

With less than four minutes in the third, the Brahmas made another push, moving all the way to Ayala’s 39 by the end of the third. But, the Bulldogs ended that drive with a sack that resulted in a turnover on downs. Ayala tried to keep any chances of a comeback with a quick TD, which put the Bulldogs up 47-18.

On offense, Chukwadobe scored the Brahmas’ final TD of the game with a 76-yard catch and run TD. This time DB made the PAT, giving the final score of 47-25. DB tried to come back after recovering an onside kick, but another turnover on downs ended its hopes as Ayala ran out the clock for the rest of the game.

On Friday, the Brahmas play their final away game of the year as they take on the South Hill Huskies.