The Dos Palos football season hinges on one game tonight when the Broncos roll down Highway 33 to take on Coalinga in the south Valley.
Dos Palos is riding a three-game winning streak after striking out in the preseason, and needs to sweep the league to qualify for the Central Section Division IV playoffs. The section will often fill its brackets with teams under .500, but the Dos Palos Oro Loma School District has a rule that its teams must be .500 or better to go.
The most recent win for Dos Palos was a 36-6 win over Tranquillity on the strength of Izzac Suarez's 94 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Suarez's scores put the game away in the fourth quarter.
Jesus Cardoza gave the Broncos an early lead with a 28-yard rushing touchdown, and Lee Navarro added an exclamation point to the opening quarter with a safety. Nick Lelandais stretched the lead in the second with a 27-yard run, and Noah Croninger threw his only completion of the night in the third quarter, to Andrew Hall for a 37-yard score.
The Dos Palos defense, meanwhile, held Tranquillity to 53 passing yards, with Croninger, Armando Bravo and Adam Coronado each pulling in an interception. Navarro and defensive lineman John Straughter spent plenty of time in the Tranquillity backfield, combining for 3.5 tackles for a loss.
The win left Dos Palos (3-5, 3-0) undefeated in the West Sierra League, with Coalinga (6-2, 3-0) the only other undefeated team. Coalinga's two nonleague losses came at the hands of 6-2 Templeton (14-13) and 6-2 Kingsburg (28-23).