The Carmel Valley Dons Mitey Mite football team opened its 2012 season on Aug. 18 by completing a thrilling come from behind 13-12 victory over the Clairemont Hawks. The game was part of the annual Aloha Bowl, hosted by the Clairemont Hawks Youth Football and Cheer and played at James Madison High.
The Dons’ halfback #11 Samson Fanua scored the game’s first touchdown on a 12-yard run midway through the first half. The Hawks then scored two touchdowns to take the lead. Finally, late in the 4th quarter, fullback #8 Jake Troxler scored a 15-yard game-tying touchdown, with quarterback #2 Aidan Stewart scoring the game-winning extra point. The Dons sealed the win with a last-minute defensive goal line stand. The Dons lineman #14 Eden Pinn was the game’s defensive star as he led the team in tackles.
The Carmel Valley Dons Youth Football was formed in 2010 to create a highly competitive Division 1 football program in the Carmel Valley area aimed at preparing top athletes for high school football. Informally nicknamed “Little Dons” by the Cathedral High football players, much of the team’s success can be attributed to the support of Cathedral Varsity Head Coach Sean Doyle and Athletic Director David Smola.
For information about the league, visit www.cvdons.com.