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September 9, 2009 > Chabot routs West Valley in football opener

Chabot routs West Valley in football opener

Loses A Tough One In Volleyball

By Gary van den Heuvel

Chabot College started the 2009 football season in fine form, scoring eight touchdowns with seven different players in a 56-13 rout of West Valley in a Saturday evening (September 5) game at Saratoga High School.

The Gladiators drew first blood on their first possession, climaxing a long drive with a short run by rusher Tyler Mason.

The score was a respectable 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, but Chabot's potent offense, which runs a lot of passing, shotgun and wildcat-type formations, and which features two quarterbacks (Thomas Lanto and Antoine Young), exploded in the second quarter.

First, Chabot capped a 10-play drive with Lanto's 17-yard touchdown pass to Nick Blunt. An aborted punt attempt resulting from a bad snap gave the Gladiators possession at the Vikings' 38-yard line, and six plays later, Young connected with tight end Osmund Brown from five yards out to add to the Chabot lead.

In the last minute of the half, Mason was back in the end zone on the receiving end of Lanto's second touchdown, a 30-yard catch-and-run. Lanto, who is coming off shoulder surgery, threw for 225 yards to go along with his two second quarter touchdown passes.

The swarming and smothering Chabot defense continued to make Vikings quarterback Kyle Cool miserable with a sack and fumble recovery early in the second half. Moments later, Young scored on a sneak to put the Gladiators up 35-0.

With the game well out of reach, West Valley finally got on the board when Will Douglass recovered a loose ball in the end zone after a botched punt snap. Chabot scored once more in the third quarter on an 8-yard run by Bryan Jones.

Chabot's final two scores came on Young's second TD pass, this one to wide-out Michael Turner, and an 11-yard scoring dash by running back Jimmy Jean with two minutes left.

Chabot's defense didn't give an inch for the first three quarters. The Gladiators didn't allow a first down until the final 10 minutes of the contest, recovered three fumbles and surrendered the only Viking offensive touchdown with under four minutes remaining, when Cool hit Sam Nix with a 6-yard scoring pass.

The Chabot women's volleyball team came up short in a hard fought match at Merced last Wednesday (September 2), losing in 5 games after leading 2 games to 1. After starting slowly and losing 25-19 in the first game, the Gladiators gutted out a 27-25 win in game two and came back from a 9-3 deficit to win the third game 25-22.

Chabot came tantalizingly close to winning the match but squandered a 21-16 lead in the fourth game, losing it 27-25. In the decisive fifth game, Merced prevailed 15-10.

"The unfortunate thing is that the girls were just flat and had they played the way they have the potential to play," said Chabot Head Coach Amber Sammons. "We could have been in and out of there in three games and come home with the win."

Two bright spots for the Gladiators were Christa Hicks, who had 15 kills and 10 digs, and Brittney Alexander, who had 38 assists, 6 kills, and 10 digs.

Chabot's Lady Gladiators also traveled to Modesto for a weekend tournament which saw them go 2-1, losing to Diablo Valley in the championship game of the event.

To open up, Chabot defeated the host school, Modesto, in a five-set thriller, with the final set going to Chabot to the tune of 15-11. Amanda Meyer (9 kills, 2 aces), Tootsie Aliifua (12 kills, 1 block, 5 digs) and Hicks (17 digs, 5 blocks) led the way.

In the second match, Chabot topped Solano in straight sets, 16; 24; and 24. Meyer (9 kills, 1 ace) Hicks (8 kills, 3 aces, 17 digs, 2 blocks) and Alexander (30 assists, 4 aces) led the way.

And in the championship, Diablo Valley go the best of Chabot, prevailing in straight sets, 22; 16; and 12, to take home the title.

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