Bulldogs Put Bite Behind Bark for Win

The Sobrato varsity football team evened up its record at 2-2
with a 34-14 home win over Stoneridge Christian Friday night at
Live Oak’s Richert Field.
The Sobrato varsity football team evened up its record at 2-2 with a 34-14 home win over Stoneridge Christian Friday night at Live Oak’s Richert Field.

After going into the locker room tied 14-14 at half time, the Bulldog defense shut down the Knights’ offense and added the first defensive touchdown as a varsity squad.

“The first half was a little rough,” said head coach Jeff Patterson. “The defense did a good job. There are a couple of things, fundamentally, we need to get better, but I’m happy.”

Stoneridge Christian is still searching for its first win of the season, now falling to 0-4.

But Patterson said his team had to play the Knights as if they were undefeated.

“I learned in high school, you can’t take a team lightly,” Patterson said. “Our guys don’t know anything about them, they’re just a team we’re lining up against.”

In the first half, the Bulldogs picked up where they left off against Harker with a score on their first drive of the game.

Unfortunately for Sobrato, Stoneridge Christian, who was shut out 60-0 in last week’s game, traded blow-for-blow with the Bulldogs.

After Sobrato scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brandan Duggan in the first quarter to go up 6-0, the Knights added one of their own in the second quarter on a 4-yard completion from quarterback Matthew Borges to Brytian Geary to take a 7-6 lead.

The Bulldogs immediately answered with a five-play, 70-yard drive capped off with Steven Gutierrez pounding the ball in from two yards out. A two-point conversion run by Eric Woodruff put Sobrato up 14-7 in the second quarter.

But Stoneridge Christian marched 68 yards down the field setting up a one-yard scoring run by Frank Casillas. After the PAT the score was tied at 14-14.

Sobrato narrowly averted disaster when Phillip Rubacalva intercepted a Matt Kellett pass and ran it back to the 2-yard line. However, thanks to an illegal block, the ball was brought back to the Bulldog 38-yard line.

The bulldogs yielded only one first down on the ensuing series and with the help of a flag the Knights turned over the ball on downs.

Unable to stop the clock, the half ended with a flag on Patterson, which was enforced on the kickoff.

Woodruff made up for it when he out ran everybody for a 67-yard touchdown and gave the Bulldogs a 20-14 lead to open the third quarter.

Sobrato later added its first defensive touchdown of the year when defensive end Darian Chatman recovered a loose ball and ran it 15 yards for the touchdown.

“I saw the quarterback try to hand off the ball and something went wrong and the ball popped in the air,” Chatman said. “I decided to pick the ball from the air and I felt someone tugging on me, but I kept running. When I got into the end zone, I was in shock. I couldn’t say any words.”

Kellett converted the two-point play for a 28-14 lead.

Duggan added one final touchdown when he escaped from two defenders to get wide open for a 36-yard score, increasing the bulldogs to their ultimate margin of victory, 34-14.

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