Don Bosco swarms to 62-0 win again!
By Ken Thoma

If a person bothers a bee hive in a field, you are likely to get stung badly. H-L-V Warriors of Victor (9-2) came to Don Bosco last Friday night with thoughts of trying to dethrone the Class 8 – man State Champions and in the first play of the game they used a flea flicker pass to gain 34 yards to the Don Bosco 25 yard line. This play would be their only 1st down until late in the game!

The next 3 plays produced a minus 8 yards as the Don Bosco defenders swarmed to the ball carriers to force a punt. Then for only the second time this season, DB would not score on their opening possession, when they were stopped at the Warriors’ 5 yard line. H-L-V would only gain 3 net yards before punting again, but this time, DB would roll 49 yards for a score in only 4 plays for their first of 9 touchdowns in the game.

After a fumble to the Dons on their next possession, H-L-V was effectively out of the game as they only had 6 positive yardage plays in all of their first 9 series of downs while losing yardage on 6 plays and also having several plays with no gain and 2 fumbles to Don Bosco. Whereas, early in the season the opponents could easily pass against the Dons, the TEAM has come together in these past 6 games and they now are attacking the ball with a vengeance to prove they are worthy of being the #1 ranked team. Defense or offense, this team is pushing themselves to be better each week as a team and they yelled out with a loud voice at the end of this game with a simple “2 MORE”, in reference to the simple fact there are 2 more games to win a repeat as State Champions. Questions with players at the end of the game were repeatedly answered with comments on covering each other’s back.

The attention of Don Bosco now turns to the State semi-finals in the UNI Dome where they will again play unranked Midland of Wyoming, Iowa (9-2) who upset Tripoli on Friday night by a tight 52-50 score. For the record; the Dons have never lost to Midland, beating them twice last season, including the semi-final at the Dome; and they beat Midland in the opening game of this season 60-26. Note, however, Midland has the top running back in the State with 2,832 yards and a 9.9 yard average gain. He has as much rushing yards as all of the 4 DB starters together, (who average 11.8 yards per carry) – though the total stats are somewhat skewed in Midlands favor due to that Don Bosco received 2 forfeit wins during the year. The game is scheduled to start at 9:06 AM this Thursday, November 9.
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