Dougherty tackles Lowell for their first win

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Dougherty tackles Lowell for their first win

Senior tight end Diego Barragan catches the ball against Lowell for a Wildcat first down.

Senior tight end Diego Barragan catches the ball against Lowell for a Wildcat first down.

Helana Gendy

Senior tight end Diego Barragan catches the ball against Lowell for a Wildcat first down.

Helana Gendy

Helana Gendy

Senior tight end Diego Barragan catches the ball against Lowell for a Wildcat first down.

Caroline Lobel and Harshita Neralla

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The Wildcats won their first home game of the season against the Lowell Cardinals with the score of 38-0 on Friday, Sept. 6.

The first quarter began slowly with strong defense from both sides. Lowell’s defense overpowered Dougherty’s offense as both teams aggressively fought over the ball, leading to a score of 0-0 by the end of the quarter. 

While the first quarter remained stagnant, the second quarter picked up the pace with two consecutive touchdowns from Dougherty. They were scored by senior running backs Jack “Hammerhead” Varni and Tristan Keyser, respectively, earning the extra point both times. The Wildcats scored a field goal before senior tight end Diego Barragan scored another touchdown for Dougherty, with the extra point as well. The second quarter ended with the Wildcats leading 24-0.

One touchdown was made during the third quarter by Keyser, including the extra point. The Wildcats remained in the lead with the score at 31-0. 

The final interception touchdown was scored by senior safety Dillion de France, ending the game with the final score 38-0. 

Lowell’s defense decreased throughout the game, but the Cardinals’ No. 28’s aggressive tackle on senior wide receiver Anthony Kim from Dougherty Valley during the last quarter was met with hostile treatment from the Wildcats. 

The hostility dwindled when Wildcats took the win as they were busy celebrating the first home win. 

“I’m so excited. I’m so proud of these guys, they played their hearts out. This is the best week we’ve had together. They’ve really put it out together and came out tonight for a big win,” Coach Conrad commented. 

It seemed that most of the players shared a similar sentiment on the team effort that brought them the win. 

Varni comments, “It was a real team effort and everyone got involved.”  

The next home game will be the Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 4 against Amador Valley.

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