Amador defeats Granada in first home football game

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Joseph Chiu

The Amador Dons triumphed over the Granada Matadors 38-10 in Amador’s first home football game of the season.

Amador’s varsity football team defeated the Granada Matadors by a score of 38-10 last night at Walker Field. The Dons improved their record to  2-1 with this first home game of the season. 

The game started off slowly for both offense sides in the first quarter. The first points of the game came with 4:20 left in the first quarter from a field goal by kicker Riley Balch (‘23)

A spark for Amador’s offense came at the 9:53 mark in the second quarter after a 38-yard rushing touchdown by Jake Goldsworthy (‘24). After a defensive stop, an electric 67-yard run by Goldsworthy set up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Cannon (‘23) to Nate Jetter (‘24) with 5:52 left in the first half.

Another big play from Cannon ignited the crowd with a 42-yard completion to Jetter. Goldsworthy finished off the drive with a 10-yard rushing touchdown and brought the lead to 24-0 for Amador at halftime. 

In the second half, Amador’s defense brought continued pressure and forced Granada’s quarterbacks to scramble on numerous occasions. Sacks and QB hurries piled up for the Dons’ defensive linemen led by Brady Nassar (‘23) and James Rothstein (‘23)

Granada was able to score a field goal and a touchdown in the second half of the game. Additional rushing touchdowns by Cannon and Drew Souza (‘24) produced a 38-10 victory for Amador.

Amador’s defense successfully disrupted Granada’s game plan and held their offense to 10 points. Despite the offense starting slow, the Dons came out firing in the second quarter to expand the lead, and they never looked back. 

“We really pounded the rock… we ran the ball very well and when we needed a pass, we made big passes down the field,” said Nassar. “Every side of the ball, first team (and) second team are looking great.” 

Despite winning by a large margin, Amador’s head coach Danny Jones will keep the team focused on preparation for their following games. 

“We’ll watch the film and we’ll get a better idea of some of the things we need to work on. (We take it) one day at a time and we’re gonna trust the process. That is what I think will put us in an advantageous situation,” said Jones

The Dons will play against Foothill next Friday at 7 P.M.

From left to right: James Rothstein (’23), Brady Nassar (’23), and Brady Lederer (’23) are all smiles after their big home game victory.