Varsity Football loses Branding Iron

Varsity football lost against Diamond Bar 9-34 on Friday, Sept. 2 at an away game.

“In the beginning of the game, we had it going. We scored and we were just ready to take the Branding Iron home already, but as soon as Diamond Bar scored, we let the atmosphere of the stadium get to us,” fullback senior James Cheng said.

After missing a pass to wide receiver junior Andres Sais, quarterback sophomore Jared Arellano made a complete pass to running back senior Isaiah Hall, who finished the play with a 29 yard touchdown to give the Mustangs an early lead in the first quarter.

However, Walnut’s defense failed to prevent the Brahmas from scoring their first touchdown in the second quarter. Diamond Bar went on to score two more touchdowns as a result of Walnut’s fumbles and ended the half 6-20.

“Everyone was just trying their best. The energy was there, there was a lot of energy,” running back junior Nathan Arias said. “[We could’ve prevented mistakes] by staying calm and not letting penalties get to us. I think we all could’ve improved by not letting Diamond Bar get in our heads.”

Diamond Bar gained the ball four minutes into the third quarter after an interception and managed to score a 47 yard reception touchdown. After Walnut missed a chance to score a touchdown, Diamond Bar’s running back senior Davion Bluitt gained 50 yards on three carries. The Brahmas scored their last touchdown of the game and a two point conversion with seconds left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Walnut answered with a field goal from kicker senior Vincent Merino to end the game.

“Right now we’re just practicing our fumble plays because we didn’t [solidify] our practices. For future games, we will just work and make sure to keep our discipline all throughout,” free safety senior Cameron Walker said.

Varsity football will play their next game against El Monte on Sept. 9.

By Julie Lee and Haixin Guo, Sports editors
Photo by Elaine Liu

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