Lions 5-0 heading into district

Dublin passed over the Buckaroos in the final minute, 22-21, of Friday’s close game to go undefeated in the preseason. 

“That was by far one of our toughest wins of the season,” head coach Bob Cervetto said. 

The Lions led 13-0 at the half. Athlete of the Week Colton Couch caught an interception early in the game, then another just before the half. He gained 32 yards. 

Couch had a great night on defense, breaking up two passes and making three solo tackles. 

Several Lions stepped up making big plays on Friday, showing that the Lions’ skills run deeper than just a few starters. 

“It shows you how resilient our team is,” Cervetto said. 

Breckenridge scored 7 immediately after the half, but a field goal by Gabriel Renteria extended Dublin’s lead, 16-7. 

Breckenridge punched in two touchdowns back-to-back to take a 21-16 lead. 

“Cy Wing stepped in and said, ‘Boys, this is what we live for, let’s go to work.’ ” Cervetto said. 

Wing completed big passes to Mark Ybarra and Jacob Stanley to move down the field. 

With less than 30 seconds left in the game, Wing and Ybarra connected for the touchdown. 

Dublin’s defense stopped the Breckenridge offense, securing Dublin’s 1-point victory. 

On defense, Frankie Quintero made five solo tackles Friday night. Kevin Cervantez made eight tackles, three for lost yards, three assists and two solos. 

Daniel Riley, Ybarra and Trent Lopez also added tackles behind the line of scrimmage. 

Stanley forced a fumble and recovered it, and Tyler Morrow also recovered a fumble during the game.

On offense, Ybarra received for 113 yards across six catches, Stanley added 111 yards in 11 catches and Donovan Escobedo added 26 yards in three catches. 

Cy Wing rushed for 84 yards across 20 carries. 

Johnny Jurado rushed 41 yards across 8 carries.

Renteria kicked two out of three for extra points and 50 percent of field goal attempts. 

“I was really excited just to see the look in the kids’ eyes after the game,” Cervetto said. “That’s a confidence builder to know that we can do what we did.”

The Lions will focus on getting healthy and strong before they start District in two weeks. 

Everyone dressed in black will get into the District opener blackout game for free. 

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