Dos Palos team wins second in a row

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comOctober 20, 2012 

Dos Palos football is on a two-game winning streak after knocking off Firebaugh 42-6 on Friday.

Andrew Hall ran for touchdowns of 6 and 61 yards and added a 91-yard kickoff return to spark the Broncos to victory, gaining 87 yards on just five carries. Teammate Izzac Suarez ground out 61 yards on 11 carries and scored the opening touchdown from 5 yards out.

"Andrew, we've kind of known he has pretty good speed," Dos Palos coach Frank Lemos said. "The problem, and it's not uncommon, sometimes guys with gifted speed have a hard time reading blocks and making cuts.

"We felt on special teams aspect it was only matter of time before he did made something happen."

Josh Allen threw for 153 yards for Firebaugh (5-2, 1-1 West Sierra League), but also threw a pair of interceptions. Noah Croninger also tossed a pair of picks for Dos Palos (2-5, 2-0 WSL), but found Seth Allen on a 67-yard touchdown pass that gave DP a 14-0 lead and finished with 119 passing yards. He also booted six extra points.

Adam Bryant capped the Dos Palos scoring in the third quarter when he recovered a Firebaugh fumble in the end zone.

"It's a pretty good neighborhood type of rivalry, with Firebaugh you see them in every sport," Lemos said. "These kids have played them all their lives. What really set this game off was their taunting at the 50-yard line before the game. That changed the entire intensity of the game."

After going 0-5 against a brutal preseason schedule, Dos Palos has rebounded in league play, ending Mendota's 17-game win streak the week before and destroying Firebaugh, whose only previous loss was to Village Christian from Sun Valley, a Southern Section team.

Firebaugh receiver Jordan Martinez burned the DP defense for 108 yards, but the Broncos kept him and running back Alex Negrete (77 yards) out of the end zone.

Dos Palos hits the road tonight to take on Tranquillity (2-5, 0-2 WSL), which dropped its first two league games to Firebaugh (42-13) and Avenal (40-32).

"Tranquillity is a team that plays a power game, and has a real good freshman at the quarterback position," Lemos said. "Tremendous athletic ability and running skill, and will get better as the years progress.

"But I think if we take care of business the way we've been preaching, we'll be OK."

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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