By BRAD KEITH
(September 25, 2015) — As a senior leader for Dublin (2-3), Cade Hill knew just how much his team needed a win.
So Hill decided to give the Lions a head start.
The 6-4, 240 pound defensive end tore through the Grape Creek (2-3) offensive line, sacked the quarterback and caused a fumble, scooped up the loose ball and raced 45 yards to the end zone to give Dublin a quick 7-0 lead.
The Lions never looked back, leading 40-21 early in the third on their way to a 46-35 win that snapped a three—game losing streak.
“The kids knew we needed this one and they stepped up and made big plays all night long,” said Cervetto. “It started with Cade right off the bat, but our defense also had a couple big picks, one of them by Brayden Burleson, and Manny Ramirez made a heck of a catch in the end zone that I can’t wait to see on the highlight film.”
And then there was Isidro Bahena, who took over at quarterback, allowing Trask Brown to return to receiver with starting QB Brady Moor still on the mend from a foot injury suffered three weeks ago.
“Isidro did a great job for us, he stayed within himself and gave us a chance to do a lot of good things offensively. He was a leader tonight,” said Cervetto.
Dublin is idle next week before opening up District 10-3A Division II play at home against Bruceville-Eddy on Friday, October 9. Bruceville-Eddy edged Hamilton Friday, 18-17.
“It’s nice to go into the bye week on a positive note and have some momentum back as we get ready for the money games,” said Cervetto.
The bye also gives Dublin a week to heal. The Lions have had up to six starters out in some games, including Moore, who Cervetto said would have his foot re-evaluated next week.