Game date: September 17, 2011.
The team defended its home field after an early Santa Monica surge.
Santa Monica receiver Frank Murray made a desperation lateral hoping that a teammate would be on the other end. There was no one there except a wall of black uniformed Dons defenders.
Linebacker Dylan Reda picked up the ball and rumbled into the end zone for a 77-yard fumble recovery touchdown in the third quarter, expanding an already insurmountable Dons lead.
“I was so tired I couldn’t even catch my breath. All I needed was water,” Reda said.
The Dons won its first game of the season at home, 53-27, against visiting Santa Monica College. The Dons are now 1-2 entering week four.
In the second quarter, the Corsairs tied the game at 14 with an 80-yard drive. Two minutes later the Dons regained the lead when quarterback Duke DeLancellotti capped the 65-yard touchdown drive with an 11-yard run.
The Corsairs defensive line was somewhat successful in blocking DeLancellotti’s running lanes until it dozed off during a critical play.
“They gave me some room to run, I took it and made something out of it,” DeLancellotti said.
Santa Ana extended its lead to 28-14 when quarterback Andrew McDonald led a three-play drive finished by a 53-yard pass to receiver Josh Webb.
“Offensively we played faster and both quarterbacks played great,” Head Coach Geoff Jones said.
Jones uses two quarterbacks because he believes they are some of the team’s best athletes.
“It is about getting the best guys on the field. I think we have an interesting package when we use them together,” Jones said.
DeLancellotti and McDonald add offensive flexibility, allowing Jones to draw up plays based on each quarterback’s strengths. DeLancellotti alternates as receiver on some plays.