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Turnovers, penalties, physicality contribute to Demons loss

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Dexter junior running back Nick Cobos takes a pitch from junior quarterback Jarren Amaro in Dexter’s 28-14 loss at Demon Field on Friday night. (J.T. Keith Photo)

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One thing is certain for the 2017 Dexter Demons football team; they will not go undefeated at home this season. On Friday night, the invading Santa Rosa Lions powered past the Demons on the ground for a 28-14 win on Parent’s Night.

Whether it was having Parents Night the first game of the season, or having to deal with the physicality of the bigger Lions, Dexter had no answers for the ground and pound game of junior running backs Stephen Sanchez and Darren Chavez, as both backs rushed for over 100 yards right up the middle and scored two TDs each.
“They out-physicaled us all night,” Demons head coach Kevin Graham said. “They physically beat us and we have to get better. The kids played their hearts out. It goes back to me.”
Dexter received the opening kickoff and on the second play of the game fumbled, which would be the story for them all night.
Santa Rosa’s Sanchez took a handoff up the middle and ran 35 yards to score the first Lion TD of the game to take a 6-0 lead with 11:19 to play in the first quarter.
Santa Rosa’s Chavez ran from six yards out for a TD, and then converted over the right side of the offensive line to put the Lions up 14-0 with 5:20 in the first half.
Dexter managed to control the line of scrimmage on their last possession of the first half.
Demon quarterback Jarren Amaro had moments of outstanding play in the game, and none better than the last scoring drive before halftime.
During the drive, Amaro would run the spread-option, forcing the defensive ends to make a choice. Amaro either pitched it to Nick Cobbs, who ran with speed and power as he gashed the Lions defense for big runs of 10 yards, 15 yards, and 10 yards, or Amaro kept the ball for big gains. Amaro threw just enough to keep the Lion defense off-balance.

On third and goal with the ball on the 6-yard line, Amaro threw a fade route to receiver Jacob Amaya to score a TD with 27 seconds left in the half. Matt Otero added the PAT as Dexter went into the locker room down 14-7.
The Demons opened the second half stuffing the Lions and holding them to three-and-out, forcing the Lions to punt.
With the game slipping out of balance, and his defense being worn down by the bigger Lions O-line, Dexter’s coach Graham decided to gamble and go for it on fourth and 21 with the ball on Santa Rosa’s 47-yard line.
Amaro escaped a blitz and moved to his right, looking to run the ball, before looking up and hitting a flashing Sergio Ramirez. Ramirez got behind a Lion’s defensive back, who went for the interception, barely missing the ball. Ramirez scooped the ball in his arms and ran into the end zone for a 47-yard score. Otero added the PAT to tie the score, 14-14, with 3:32 in the third quarter.
From there, the wheels came off as the Lions drove the ball down the field in a time-consuming drive to score and make it 20-14.
After receiving the kickoff, the Demons proceeded to get three holding penalties in a row to negate any gains. With first and 35 from their 6-yard line, Amaro was sacked from the blindside for a safety to make the score 22-14.
On the kickoff, Santa Rosa’s Sanchez returned the ball all the way to the Demons 1-yard line. Sanchez scored on the next play to make the score 28-14.
“We kept doing something to shoot ourselves in the foot,” Graham said. “We are usually a lot more disciplined than that, but I‘m the one responsible for that, and we will get that fixed, this week.”
Dexter plays at Texico next Friday.

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