The Lone Pine Eagles played their one and only high school football game on their home ground against the Trona Tornados on Friday, April 16, ultimately losing the game, 72-42.
Playing eight-a-side football, Lone Pine and Trona both trained 10 players for the Friday night contest.
Both teams scored on quick strikes and long runs in the first half, with Lone Pine taking a 28-24 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Tornados pulled off a number of TD orders, and the Eagles also scored plenty of points. But Lone Pine would eventually drop by a final score of 72-42.
Coach Bryan Ashley summed up the game and the work the team did before playing the only game of his 2021 season:
“I am so proud of this team and the effort they showed on Friday night! They never gave up even sometimes when they were playing with 6-7 players in the second half. This team has been together since October and have battled constant adversity throughout the season. Their commitment to the team has been extraordinary. Who have battled setbacks on a weekly, even daily basis (with COVID planning and guidelines) until the end. It was very gratifying to see the Eagles make their wish come true and play a good opponent on a Friday night under the lights!
“I just wanted to thank the staff at Lone Pine High School and the community for their continued support of the football program this season! I couldn’t do it alone without their support and the dedicated staff I work with on a daily basis, Coach Dean Chavez Jr., Coach Shawn Andreas and Coach Dave Daughtry Jr.
Ashley said the seniors leaving the team this year will be missed and he wanted to thank them for their commitment to the football program. The seniors are Neftali Ruiz, Shivam Bhakta, Almir Perez and Matt Button.
“The training is a blessing, I am grateful for the opportunity to coach at Lone Pine High School,” said Ashley. “As always, it has been an honor and a privilege to coach this exceptional group of student-athletes. ”
Passing: Quarterback Matt Button was 7 for 21, for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Receiving: Paul Olin, 2 catches for 45 yards; Shivan Bhakta, 2 catches for 36 yards and a touchdown; Chris Dominguez, 3 catches for 20 yards and a touchdown.
Precipitation: Matt Button, 120 yards, 2 touchdowns; Paul Olin, 89 meters; Chris Dominguez, 98 yards, 2 touchdowns.
In defense, all the Eagles had tackles, including Matt Button, Jose Castro, Tristan Ashley, Paul Olin, Almir Perez, Jayden Daughtry, Neftali Ruiz and Shivam Bhakta, and Jose Castro and Shivam Bhakta each had an interception.