Football Forces Their Way Past Delta

The Eagles pick up a huge 42-7 win against the Rabbits in the first round of playoffs

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Jayden Madry returns a punt from Delta in the first half.

We’re havin’ Rabbits for dinner.

Juan Diego’s football team continued their recent dominance, beating Delta 42-7 to qualify for the next round of playoffs. The Eagles have been in great form recently, scoring nearly 99 points over the last two games and only allowing 7.

Juan Diego didn’t play a flawless game, although they worked enough in the end to pull off a huge win. “We made a lot of mistakes on both sides of the ball in the first half, we can’t have that,” Senior Mason Harris said. “We needed to take better care of the ball. It’s the little things that hurt us, we know what we need to do better next game,” Harris continued. 

The Eagles came out strong with two quick touchdowns in the first quarter and another in the second, but allowed Delta to score off of a trick play close to the end of the second quarter. They came back out after halftime ready to win, though, as they scored three more touchdowns.

“The best type of playoff win is any playoff win””

— John Colosimo

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Mason Harris’ kickoff after Juan Diego’s third touchdown in the first half.

“The offense did a great job blocking, which gave the quarterback time to complete passes,” Junior Dominic Lewis said. “Our receivers should’ve caught the ball better though,” Lewis said. Notable offensive contributions came from Lewis and senior Jayden Madry, who opened the scoring for the Eagles, as well as Mason Harris for converting all of his PAT’s. 

Defense also played an extremely solid game. There were many tackles for loss and they were able to prevent Delta from going anywhere for most of the game. In the first half, junior Maiko Taukafa and senior Kemari Bailey played stellar defense and recorded multiple sacks and the rest of the defense was consistently stopping plays and shutting down passing and running plays.

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Juan Diego sets up on offense in the second quarter.

Overall, Juan Diego continued their dominance, although they hadn’t played their best game of the season. Despite this, they moved onto the next round of the playoffs where they will look to get revenge against a strong North Sanpete side. “The best type of playoff win is any playoff win,” Head Coach John Colosimo finished.