Diamondbacks hand Patriots first district loss

Judging by the opening 20 seconds of play, Thursday night’s District 31-5A match-up between the Pioneer Diamondbacks and the Veterans Memorial Patriots, looked like it was going to be all Patriots. However, despite the Patriots jumping out to a 7-0 lead on a 42-yard pass from Diego Hernandez to Jacob Guerrero on the first play from scrimmage, the Diamondbacks did not panic. In fact, they fought back to tie the game at 7-7 when Jacob Rosales and Enrique Hurtado connected on a short TD pass with 3:43 remaining in the first quarter. .

The Patriots regained the lead early in the second quarter when Hernandez and Guerrero connected for their second TD of the night; this one for 50 yards. That however would end the Patriots’ scoring in this Week 6 game while the Diamondbacks went on to score 23 unanswered points to win their second district game of the season against one loss by a score of 30-14.

20160929 Football SPHS vs VMHS Game WEB LG 10Pioneer’s second touchdown of the night came on a 5 yard pass from Rosales to William Proctor with 8:32 remaining in the second quarter. A missed extra point attempt made the score 14-13 Patriots. The Diamondbacks then took the lead to stay with only 1:07 remaining in the second quarter when Rosales ran 67 yards on a keeper to make the score 20-14 Diamondbacks at the intermission.

After several turnovers and numerous penalties resulted in a scoreless third quarter, Pioneer extended their lead to 23-14 when they scored a field goal with 10:11 remaining in the game. Their final score came seven minutes later when Christian Rivera ran the ball into the endzone from one yard out to seal the Diamondbacks’ win.

With the loss, the Patriots dropped to 3-1 in district play and 4-2 overall while with the win the Diamondbacks improved to 2-1 in district play and 3-2 overall.

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