The Dons football team recovered from early tentativeness and is now 3-2. They are coming out of a Week 6 bye.
Beginning the season on the road taxed the young team. They endured a pair of loses, 21-13 vs. rival Fullerton College, and 44-43 in overtime to Victor Valley College.
The team didn’t waste its time at home, winning three games in a row. At Eddie West Field, the team averaged 45 points with an 80 percent red-zone efficiency. In its Sept. 24 victory over Palomar, the team overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to steal the game in double overtime.
Freshman receiver Josh Webb and running back Davion Orphey played big roles in the resurgence. The Dons’ offense averaged 449.6 yards per game. More than 60 percent of the yards came through the air, contributing to Webb’s team leading five touchdown catches. Orphey heads the running game with 77 carries, reaching the end zone four times.
Five players on defense have combined for almost 42 percent of the team’s total tackles. Dylan Reda, Joseph Taufete’e, Lukas Lopez, Romel Lilly and Ryan Berry have at least 30 tackles each.