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Livermore Loses to Cross-town Rival

Kian Gibson | Sports Section Editor

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On Friday, November 11, 2017, the Livermore High Cowboys took on their cross town rivals the Granada High Matadors in the final game of the football season. The Cowboys were at home in front of hundreds of fans who came to watch the two teams face off. There were so many people in attendance that the line for the game went through the parking lot and out into the street. Entering this game, the Cowboys had a record of 3-6 and the Matadors had a record of 5-4. This game was also extra special because it was Livermore’s Senior Night for football, cheer, and band.

 

After the pre-game festivities were done, it was time for the game to begin. In the first quarter of play, the ball went back and forth, with no real advantage held by either side. Once the second quarter began, Granada finally got the ball moving down the field, getting the ball down to the one yard line. They then punched it in with a one yard rushing touchdown to give the Matadors a 7-0 lead.

 

With under a minute left in the second quarter, Livermore had the ball and was moving down the field. With 46 seconds left in the first half and the ball on Granada’s thirty-yard line, quarterback Zach Burke (#16) connected with tight end Bradley Archer (#87) for a game tying touchdown. At halftime the score was dead even, 7-7.

A few minutes into the second half, the game began to run away from the Cowboys. LHS had a couple nice plays, including an interception by Shane Cromwell (#31). Livermore seemed like they were a bit outmatched and had some self-defeating plays like penalties and turnovers that helped Granada achieve a 33-7 win.

 

Grant Dufek (grade 11), who was watching the game, commented, “The first half of the game was very exciting, but the second half was not as much fun. Overall, I had a good time at the game.”

 

Devonte Hawkins (#7) said, “We prepare all year to defeat them and it is really tough to take that trophy out of the trophy case. We made playoffs this year so we are going to try and make a run deep into the playoffs.”

 

Although this was definitely not the outcome that Livermore had worked for, there was still hope. The Cowboys made NCS Division II playoffs where they took on visiting opponent Alameda High School. Livermore has progressed to the second round of playoffs due to a 40-20 win over Alameda.

Darianne Lebegue (grade 11) reacted to the Cowboys’ playoff win by saying, “I was surprised by how well they played. I’m excited to see how well they will do for the rest of the season.”

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