It might have been one of the longest varsity games I have ever witnessed, taking almost three hours to play -- it was without a doubt the game with the most penalty flags that I have ever seen.
Summing up the night were two flags being thrown before the second half was started. First Foothill was penalized for coming out too late to start the half and that was followed by Berkeley getting called for an offside foul on the kickoff.
You had to be there to see it. As the Foothill announcer, the main question I had walking away from the game was: Were there more players with or without penalties.
Josh Shields was a standout for the Falcons who played the game without Pete Montini, arguably the Falcons' best two-way player. Shields running the ball and kicking was key, as was the play of first-year quarterback Bryce Lombardi, who rallied from a vicious late hit early in the game.
Foothill plays host to a talented Granada squad this week in a 7 p.m. contest. Granada sits 3-0 and has outscored its opponents 137-20 in the three games.
Amador Valley also sits 2-1, and the Dons should stay on the winning record side of the season following their road game at Heritage this week. Heritage is 1-2 on the season, losing 56-7 to San Ramon Valley and 31-18 to Foothill.
The Dons dropped their opener to Del Oro, but then rallied back with a 54-0 win over Irvington. Last week, they knocked off American Canyon 42-13.
For the Dons, it's an anticipated start.
"If you look at our schedule, we have won the games we should have won and lost the game we should have lost," Amador coach Danny Jones said. "We are right where we should be."
It's been a simple strategy, like doing the little things right, that has been the key for the Dons in early season.
"We are not turning the ball over -- we're not shooting ourselves in the foot like we did last year," Jones said.
The coach likes where his squad is at this point, but he knows there is work to do as the season progresses.
"We're starting to come together," Jones said. "It's taken a little longer than we would have liked, but we are getting there. We still need to get better at the things we do every day."
Amador water polo
The Amador Valley boys water polo team put together an impressive run last week, winning a pair of matches.
The team opened the week with a 6-5 win over Heritage.
Jack Bessiere led the way with three goals, with Jack Kost, Ethan Braga and Josh Freeman scoring one each. Josh Freeman had three steals with Jack Kost adding one. Goalie Alex Moirano had five blocks.
The Dons then went on the road for a 11-4 win over Granada.
Noah Freeman and Bessiere had three goals each to lead the attack. Braga had a pair of goals, with Jack Kost, Josh Freeman and Ross Brown had one each to round out the scoring.
Jack Kost (3), Devon Kost (2), Mason Boswell (1) and Josh Freeman (1) had the steals for the Dons. Tanner McMillen had seven blocks in the goal.
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