By Josh Levine
Dougherty Valley High School of San Ramon had a relentless and punishing attack with 375 rushing yards on 51 carries in their 36-14 season-opening victory over Archbishop Riordan High School Saturday at Riordan.
Dougherty Valley (1-0) seniors Lucas Raventos and Michael Spivey rushed for 102 and 98 yards, respectively.
“We work really hard in practice and got very physical,” said Spivey. “By the end of the game they were holding their elbows and arms. Today was a strong performance.”
The Crusaders (0-1)were held scoreless for the first three quarters, but had some bright spots in the fourth quarter. Their highlight was a 56-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ismael Orozco to A.J. Santiago.
Bryan Blake, the first year Crusader Head Coach, was impressed with the effort his team showed, despite how the score read.
“I really did like their effort out there today. They never gave up on the game,” Blake said. “Obviously, it is our first game of the year, so it wasn’t going to be perfect.”
Orozco, a junior, got the start for the Crusaders, clearing the air on the summer quarterback competition between him and senior Evan Williams.
“Ismael is our quarterback right now,” said Blake. “He is the better quarterback, but that could change later on this year.”
The Wildcats passed the ball only five times, with the first pass coming early in the second quarter.
The Wildcats got most of their offense from Spivey and Raventos, but they also got big plays from fellow seniors Martin Walker and Xavier Vaesau. Walker rushed for 61 yards on five carries and Vaesau contributed 69 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
“Everyone stepped up and played well today,” said Raventos. “We were well prepared for this game from our practices and it showed today.”
Even with the win, Dougherty Valley head coach Bob Spain sees room for improvement.
“We need to work on our passing, because if a team puts ten men in the box then what are we going to do?” said Spain.
DV — 2:16: Michael Spivey 10-yard run (Mitchell Ward kick)
DV — 10:34: Edsel Snoddy 6-yard run (Ward kick)
DV — 5:25: Ward 32-yard field goal
DV — 5:50: Lucas Raventos 10-yard run (Ward kick)
DH — 11:54: Ward 40-yard field goal
R — 11:37: AJ Santiago 56-yard pass from Ismael Orozco (Henry Soto kick)
R — 9:47: Orozco 2-yard run (Soto kick)
DV — 1:48: Safety by Zac Walsh
DV — :20: Xavier Vaesau 24-yard run (Soto kick)