Amador Valley football fights hard against Clayton Valley Charter

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Joseph Chiu

The Amador Valley Dons line up at their own four-yard line to make a play against Clayton Valley’s offense.

The Amador Valley Dons football team lost to the Clayton Valley Charter Ugly Eagles 47-14 at Amador’s homecoming game on Oct. 7. The Dons are coming off a 14-6 victory against Menlo School last week, putting them at a 4-2 overall record.

The Dons started the game off strong with a fumble recovery at Clayton Valley’s four-yard line less than three minutes into the game. Two plays later, running back Jake Goldsworthy (‘24) rushed into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game. 

Amador’s safety Nate Jetter (‘24) recovered another fumble with 5:41 left in the first quarter to provide energy on the sideline. But unfortunate turnovers in the first half allowed Clayton Valley to score multiple touchdowns. 

The Dons’ defense showed strength and determination by bringing constant pressure from the defensive linemen. Amador’s secondary was sharp in the first half and did not allow Clayton Valley to complete any big passes down the field. 

The Dons were down 28-7 at halftime in which Amador Valley’s homecoming court was announced. Seniors Sara Vannoni (‘23) and Carol Xu (‘23) were voted as the official homecoming royalty for the dance this year. 

The third quarter started off with good defense on both sides and established powerful run defenses. However, Clayton Valley was able to maintain a solid passing game and drove the ball down to Amador territory twice to add two more touchdowns. 

With under five minutes to go in the game, quarterback Drew Souza (‘24) threw for a touchdown to cut the lead to down to 27. A late rushing touchdown by the Ugly Eagles ended the game with a score of 47-14. 

Despite a lack of big plays, the Dons will stick to their motto ‘Pound The Rock’ and continue working hard in practice this week. Amador’s defense made strong stands and showed that the team is moving in a positive direction. 

The Dons will look to bounce back next Friday Oct. 14 at Monte Vista.