Don Bosco’s 22-game win streak endsBy Ken Thoma
It hurts a lot, especially when you know you could have won. But last Thursday (Nov. 12), the Dons came up just short, in the second half, as they lost 30-32 in a very tough and physical football game against Freemont-Mills/Tabor in the State semi-final game at the UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls.
Don Bosco got a kick start to begin the game when the game opening kick-off was touched by the opponents and then the Dons’ Dillon Welter picked up the ball on a high bounce. Don Bosco only took six plays to score, with Cael Frost throwing a touchdown pass to Ryan Naughton, and held that lead of 6-0 through the end of the first quarter.
The F-M Knights scored on the first play in the second quarter. DB then moved the ball 50 yards to give Don Bosco the lead back, but, late in the quarter, they saw their lead dwindle to 14-12 when the Knights scored just 14 seconds before the half.
Don Bosco opened the second half with a long, time-consuming drive down the field that was stopped at the Fremont-Mills’ 1-yard line on a 4th and 1 play. That disappointment was hit even harder when the Knights, on their second play, got a 74-yard TD run and a lead that they would never relinquish. DB made another charge downfield only to have it stopped with a bad snap from center and an incomplete pass.
Freemont-Mills made another drive that was only stopped by their fumble into the Don Bosco end zone which was picked up by Naughton. But DB was not able to capitalize on this, and they turned the ball over in just 3 plays with an interception which the Knights took to the DB end zone in just 6 plays to lead 24-14. Then another interception by Freemont-Mills at their 1-yard line stopped the Dons; yet plays got wild, with Carson Tenold of the Dons causing, recovering, and running the ball back 35 yards to narrow the score again to 22-24.
With only 2:16 time remaining in the game, each team would score again, before Freemont-Mills got the ball back and ran out the clock to hold on to their 32-30 win.