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By Steve Breazeale
In a game that was an offensive shootout, the Dana Hills football team came from behind and erupted for 28 fourth quarter points on their way to a 57-32 Sea View League victory over Capistrano Valley on October 18.
The Cougars (4-3, 0-1 league) were trailing for most of the first half but scored 14 unanswered points to take a three-point lead into the final twelve minutes against the Dolphins (4-4, 2-0).
One big Dana Hills play after another soon followed.
Dolphins senior quarterback Mac Vail threw a short pass to senior Sean Schulte, who turned what could have been a decent gain into a 58-yard highlight reel play. Schulte’s dash after the catch to the end zone gave the Dolphins a 36-32 lead.
Capistrano Valley quarterback Matthew Gordon then threw an interception and the Dolphins capitalized. Senior fullback Andrew Dunn would score on a 32-yard burst and, after Gordon fumbled on the ensuing Cougar drive, Dunn caught a five-yard touchdown pass to make it 50-32.
It was a ferocious comeback for the Dolphins, who have grown accustomed to putting up big points lately. In their last three games the Dolphins have outscored their opponents 151-42.
“The offense is really clicking right now. The way we can run the ball is incredible and Vail has a great arm so when we need to throw, we can,” Dana Hills head coach Todd Rusinkovich said.
Heading into the game the Dolphins had allowed 10 points over their past two games. The Cougar offense was able to put up 32 on the Dolphins until they clamped down in the fourth quarter. The 32 points allowed was the second most Dana Hills had given up all year.
The Cougars jumped on a Dolphins error after a punt turned into a Dana Hills fumble. Capistrano Valley recovered and junior Jordon Bocko ran in a one-yard touchdown which narrowed Dana Hills’ lead to 23-17 at the half.
Gordon ended the night with 224 passing yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Cougars’ senior receiver Cole Muusse caught six passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
After finishing in a tie for the league title in 2012, the Cougars will need to win out and hope Dana Hills or San Juan Hills, the two current undefeated teams in league, drop one along the way. Capistrano Valley will host Laguna Hills (3-4, 1-1) on October 25.