Another THRILLER at De Anza – Sequoias specials teams prevail – GetSportsFocus Football 2013
GetSportsFocus.com – Last week the De Anza Dons suffered a heartbreaking lost to Sierra but had hopes of turning their fortune around against the College of Sequoias. The Giants though came into De Anza Stadium with a perfect 4-0 record, led by the Valley Conference leader in touchdown passes, Raul Alvarez.
Alvarez however, didn’t look as though he would have much success early on as just three plays into the game, De Anza’s defensive back Mark Herscbeck came up with a pick six by to put the Dons on the board.
The Dons appeared determined from the opening kick-off to come out strong and erase any sort of memory from the past week. But just like their last game, the offense was simply flat in the first half with the only score came from the defense.
With the offense struggling to get going, the defense suffered a little bit as well. They gave up big plays like running back D’Wayne Childs’ 43 yard TD run and Darius Chandler’s 12 yd touchdown reception…and found themselves down 17-7 at the half.
Penalties certainly didn’t help the cause; yet both teams definitely had their fair share of free yards. De Anza; 9 penalties for 95 yards. Sequoias; 13 penalties for 143 yards.
How did the Giants overcome them? One thought would be, they took care of the “gimme’s” and avoided unforced errors at crucial times, unlike De Anza. The Dons shot themselves in the foot time and time again with bad snaps, unsportsmanlike penalties and were only one of four with extra points.
It wasn’t until the 3rd quarter did the Dons “wake up.” On back to back possessions, their main man Bryan Fobbs continued his fantastic season and added on to many of his conference leading stats, with two 50 plus touchdown down receptions and finishing with 13 catches, 289 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.
The fourth quarter was something to be seen. Back and forth, both teams laying it all out on the field, a thrilling victory was to be expected…but nobody could of envisioned what actually occurred.
De Anza took the lead with a clutch toss from Jack Singler to Fobbs, their fourth connection on the night with just over a minute remaining and made it 39-36. The Dons sideline was ecstatic, the bleachers were rocking…but the Giants wouldn’t concede. The extra point would’ve forced Sequoias to have to drive down the field and score a touchdown in order to take home the victory, but to everyone’s surprise, the Giants blocked the PAT, Miguel Quinn picked it up and took it 98 yards for a defensive two point conversion and makes it 39-38 Dons.
One more chance for the Giants, and on second and ten with less than a minute left, they lose a yard, which would have brought up 3rd and long but another unsportsmanlike penalty by De Anza gives Sequoia the first and an extra 15 yards. This extra shot in the arm looked to have inspired Alvarez has he marched Sequoia down the field, constantly moving the chains while conserving the clock which ultimately brought on Kasra Hosseinpours to win it all with a 35 yard field goal.
Sequoias (5-0) will enter conference play next week at home against Modesto (2-3). As for the De Anza, they’ll try to end their gut wrenching two game losing streak as they head out on the road against conference foe San Francisco.