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Football Win Brings Sense Of Relief

After a close call the week before, the Chabot football was thrilled and relieved to notch its first win of the season.
The Gladiators jumped out to a huge lead before holding off De Anza 55-49 on Saturday in the final nonconference game for both teams.
"Getting this first win under our belts is more of a relief," coach Danny Calcagno said. "We played well enough to win last week but we fell just short."
The Gladiators (1-4) got a combined five touchdown passes from quarterbacks Johnny O'Brien and Jack Moroney as Chabot scored more points than they did in the first four games combined.
O'Brien had 127 yards and two touchdowns on 9 of 13 passing in the first half, but left early in the second half with a shoulder injury.
Moroney, who shined in Chabot's 21-19 loss to City College of San Francisco last week, came in the second half after O'Brien's injury and tossed three more touchdowns and finished with 123 yards in the air.
Tahir Mills set the tone by fielding the opening kickoff, a short kick, and racing for an 80-yard touchdown.
"That gave us a lot of momentum early on," Calcagno added. "(Tahir) hasn't been 100 percent, so it was great to get him going by getting the ball in his hands."
The Gladiators got another boost with Alan Busey back at full strength after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury. Busey caught four passes for 53 yards, including a 24-yard scoring play from O'Brien that gave Chabot a 28-14 advantage in the first half.
Defensively, the Gladiators had trouble slowing down the Dons potent offense. De Anza finished with 597 yards on the night.
"We missed a lot of tackles tonight and by no means was this a good performance for us," Calcagno said.
The opening kickoff return by Mills seemed to spark the Gladiators. Chabot scored on four straight drives to take a commanding 35-14 lead heading into halftime.
O'Brien hit Malik Henderson for a 9-yard touchdown and Tyrayl Martin capped the Gladiators first half onslaught with a 9-yard run on an end-around.
Things got a little hairy for Chabot in the second half as they fumbled the ball on two consecutive possessions, the latter giving De Anza the ball at the Chabot 29.
Dons running back Trevon Harris, who had a game-high 128 yards, scored the first of his three touchdowns in the second half on a 2-yard run.
Chabot responded as Moroney hit Josh Revay from 14 yards out to make it a 21-point advantage once again heading into the final quarter.
Harris found the end zone once again on another 2-yard run to cut the Chabot lead to 41-28 after Silva ran in the 2-point conversion.
The Gladiators responded with a six-play, 79-yard drive capped by Moroney's finding a wide-open fellow Amador Valley-alum Nick Covert out of the backfield for a 7-yard touchdown.
Silva pulled the Dons (1-4) within 48-36 with a 19-yard scoring pass to Devin Johnson with 10:28 left. Once again the Gladiators didn't back down as Martin scored his second touchdown with a 19-yard catch in the corner of the end zone from Moroney.
De Anza made things interesting late with two more scores, but Chabot was able to recover the pooch kick and run out the clock.
Defensive lineman Aaron Andrews continued his dominating start to the season for the Gladiators with three more sacks. Mills finished with 170 all-purpose yards. Keon Suber led the Gladiators with 72 yards on the ground on 14 attempts.
Both teams have a bye this week before starting conference play on Oct. 15.
Chabot opens defense of its National-Valley conference crown at home against Fresno City. De Anza will hit the road and play at the College of San Mateo in the National-Bay 6 conference opener.
-- Tony Gonsalez


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