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By C Jayden Smith
With a stake within the Pacific Coast League title at stake, Dana Hills failed to provide a full efficiency to finish the common season in a 37-20 loss at Northwood on Friday, Oct. 28.
Northwood working again Adam Harper was unstoppable as he bounced off tackles and wore down defenders in a 338-yard efficiency with 4 touchdowns and 33 carries.
Dana Hills (6-4, 1-2) had a shot to drive a three-way tie for first place with a win and a Laguna Hills win over Irvine the place coin tosses determined the Dolphins’ playoff destiny had.
Now they’re making use of for a free tender within the CIF-Southern Section and are ready to see if their season will proceed. If the dolphins are chosen, they are going to probably be inducted into Division 10.
“It just sucks to be in a situation where you’re not in control of your own destiny and you have no idea what’s going to happen next,” mentioned Todd Henney, Dana Hills head coach.
He identified that his group has a very good resume, having a observe report, beating three league champions (Pac-4 champions Laguna Beach and Pacific Hills League co-champions Portola and Woodbridge) and contesting a schedule wherein probably eight opponents will play within the finals.
The CIF-SS will launch the playoff brackets on Sunday, October 30 at 10 a.m
Dolphins receiver Noah Kucera saved his group afloat by catching six passes for 155 yards and one hit on an evening when all of his receptions went for 15 yards or extra.
The incapability to constantly preserve and full drives on offense and make tackles on the attacking level led to Dana Hills’ inevitable demise.
Harper opened the scoring on the primary play after scrimmage, lowered a run play designed to go proper and broke by way of defenders for an 80-yard landing.
Northwood dominated the primary half when it comes to offensive yards, however the Timberwolves could not muster sufficient conversions in third and fourth to transform these yards into factors and prolong their lead.
The Timberwolves discovered themselves on the Dana Hills 14-yard line after a weird roughing-the-kicker penalty that noticed Guarascio plant the punter within the floor as a substitute of placing on the straightforward block. Northwood adopted with a damaging run on the third down and an incomplete move to show the ball on downs.
Fourth defensive stops allowed Dana Hills offense to hit receiver Noah Kucera for essential chunk performs.
Placekicker Deacon Hill used his two probabilities to make sure the Dolphins had been shut at halftime.
After Hill’s first subject aim from 38 yards, a gentle food plan from Harper and large performs from QB Eugene Miyata put Northwood proper again on the sector. Miyata discovered a slipping Andrew Penrod on a 20-yard rollout move to extend the Timberwolves’ result in 11 factors, 14-3.
After a complete of 161 dashing yards within the first half, Harper and his offensive line continued to choke the Dolphins’ entrance seven.
Northwood constructed a 27-12 lead after giving Harper seven straight touches on back-to-back drives for 115 yards and two factors. The latter drive included a 68-yard jet sweep in a play to the home.
Kucera took a 55-yard slant into the tip zone between these possessions.
After a Timberwolves subject aim, Bolter added a 52-yard landing to cut back the deficit to 10 factors, 30-20, early within the fourth quarter. The Dolphins could not get any nearer, nevertheless, as Northwood ended the night time with extra of the identical offensive sort out. Harper’s bloody 26-yard run freezes the sport with 3:37 remaining.
Henney felt his protection had improved from final week towards Laguna Hills, however that the Dolphins’ offense wasn’t executed at a degree that helped the protection recuperate towards such a troublesome opponent.
“In the early days when our defense had some stops (and) we were getting three-and-offs, we didn’t give these guys much of a break,” Henney mentioned. “One day some guy like that will make you pay for it.”
Despite having a chance to scare the Timberwolves, Dana Hills didn’t capitalize after a Northwood fumble, transformed simply one in all 13 makes an attempt on the third down, and went 1-on-5 on the fourth downs.
An inefficient passing sport and a working sport with out many huge performs held the Dolphins till it was too late to make an impression.
Christian Guarascio carried the ball for 81 yards 19 occasions and failed to search out the tip zone. It was solely the second time this season that Guarascio, the county’s main rusher, didn’t rush for greater than 100 yards.
Regardless of the end result, Henney praised the group’s efforts after final week’s disheartening 42-21 loss to Laguna Hills.
“I hope we get a chance because I think we’re a team that could be very dangerous in the playoffs,” Henney mentioned. “I hope the draw goes our way.”
C Jayden Smith
C. Jayden Smith graduated from Dana Hills High in 2018 earlier than incomes a bachelor’s diploma in digital and broadcast journalism from the University of North Texas. After graduating in December 2020, he reported for the Salina Journal in Salina, Kansas. Jayden loves faculty soccer and bugs his black lab named Shadow.
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