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Chabot sports roundup, Sept. 11 edition (for week of Sept. 4-10)


By Chabot media relations
PLEASANT HILL -- Chabot sophomore Johnny O’Brien had a stellar night with 397 yards passing and three touchdowns, but the Gladiators fell to Diablo Valley 26-23 after a Vikings’ touchdown with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter on Friday.
Despite the tough loss, the Gladiators (0-2) had lots of positives against an East Bay rival. O’Brien completed 25 of 37 passes and was not intercepted. He also threw for 181 yards and a touchdown in a season-opening loss against Siskiyous.
Chabot coach Eric Fanene says his team is a "couple plays" away from being 2-0. He expects his players to be ready to face unbeaten Butte on Saturday afternoon in Oroville.
Chabot absorbed a blow against DVC when starting safety Titus Sullivan suffered a torn Achilles and is lost for the season.
O’Brien completed a 20-yard touchdown strike to former Granada star Ryan Silvas to put the Gladiators ahead 23-18 with 1:46 left in the game, capping an impressive 84-yard, nine-play drive. But DVC answered with a climactic 57-yard drive capped by 7-yard touchdown strike from Matt Vitale to Camero Norfleet followed by a two-point conversion.
Fanene was thrilled with O'Brien's play.
"Johnny rocked it ... It was probably his best game at Chabot, for sure."
Malik Henderson led Chabot receivers with 106 yards on six catches, and Silvas also had a big night with six grabs for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Malik Langham and Austin Camel both had four receptions.
After DVC (1-1) took an early 6-0 lead, the Gladiators went on a 17-6 run, beginning with a 4-yard TD pass from O’Brien to Langham in the third quarter. Silvas scored on a 12-yard pass from O’Brien, and Jason Castro capped the surge with a 26-yard field goal. The teams then exchanged touchdowns before the Vikings’ winning march.
The back-and-forth battle had its rough edges as the teams were saddled with 32 penalties for 332 yards combined. Both teams had just 56 net yards rushing, as Chabot’s run defense was solid.
The young Chabot men’s soccer team (1-3) returns home to face San Joaquin Delta (3-2) at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Gladiators are coming off back-to-back competitive road defeats against Napa Valley, 3-2, and Merritt, 2-1, as they continue to prepare for Coast Conference-South play. All three Chabot losses have been by one goal, so coach Tony Igwe’s freshman-laden bunch is not far away.
Key returner Brandon Sosa of Guatemala scored both goals against Napa Valley off single assists from Cristian Gonzalez and Joseph Guzman.
The Gladiators (1-3) fell to Foothill 4-0 and Feather River 2-1 this past week.
Against Feather River, Sydney Hollingsworth scored off an assist from Erica Alarcon in the seventh minute to give Chabot an early lead, but two second-half goals made the difference for the guest side. Chabot goalkeeper Kathryn Lutes made six saves. Chabot next hosts West Hills on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
The Gladiators (0-2) dropped back-to-back decisions against Columbia and Cosumnes River to open the season.




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