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Danbury gets road win
September 20, 2012By Drew Davie of Danbury High School
Danbury gets road win
Sep 17, 2012 |
OREGON -- Bryan Dudash and the Danbury football team took a little time to enjoy Saturday's 26-18 Toledo Area Athletic Conference win over Cardinal Stritch.
They knew that a home showdown against Edon loomed at the end of a short week, but they had every reason to relish the win against the Cardinals at Oregon Clay. It was the first road TAAC win for the Lakers (2-2, 1-0) in a decade.
"Happy is an understatement for where we are right now," Dudash said, recalling that two years earlier, the team had to cancel a game because of lack of players, and trudged through a 1-9 season.
But the win didn't come without some effort. The Lakers had to hold off a second-half comeback from the Cardinals.
Danbury held a 26-6 lead as the second half started with a Cardinals (1-3, 0-1) possession. But Stritch's Zach Denomy bobbled a handoff, and the Lakers were able to come up with the ball. After a Danbury punt, the Cardinals covered 77 yards in four plays, including a 33-yard touchdown run by Denomy to pull the Cardinals within 26-18.
In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals drove 65 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown scramble by Denomy. It was his third touchdown run of the game. Denomy got the Cardinals on the board in the second quarter with a 25-yard touchdown run.
The two-point conversion pass was caught, but out of bounds, giving the Lakers the ball back with 4:13 left to play and an eight-point lead. Danbury then went three-and-out, and the Cardinals moved down the field again, but a touchdown pass by Joe Sinay to Denomy was called back for holding. The Lakers' defense held as the clock wound down.
"It says a lot about these kids," Dudash said. "It says a lot for their character."
Danbury got the ball back with less than a minute to play and no Stritch timeouts. From there, the Lakers went into the victory formation.
"We battled back, but we just couldn't get over the hump," said Stritch coach Jim Kubuske.
However, the Cardinals did hold the Lakers scoreless in the second half.
"We didn't want to go straight ball control in the second half," Dudash said. "We wanted to make some smart plays. They played great defense."
The Lakers got on the board with their opening drive, as James Dorko booted a 24-yard field goal.
Stritch turned over the ball on downs on the ensuing drive at the Danbury 11, and Zach Kalinoski threw an 89-yard bomb to Jim Chamberlin to score, the first of two touchdown passes Kalinoski threw, both to Chamberlin. Dorko missed the extra point to make it 9-0.
The Cardinals punted on their ensuing possession, and the Lakers ran the ball down the field, thanks to Chamberlin, Kalinoski, Cody German and Brendan Bahnsen. Kalinoski ran it in from two yards out, and this time Dorko made the extra point, giving Danbury a 16-0 lead.
After Denomy's first score of the game, the Lakers got the ball back, and Kalinoski, who threw for 233 yards in the game, starting hitting receivers Chamberlin and Bahnsen for big chunks of yardage, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chamberlin.
Dorko had been dribbling kickoffs the entire first half, and on the kickoff after Chamberlin's second touchdown reception, the Lakers were able to fall on the ball and Dorko hit his second field goal of the game as the first half ended.