Holy Family upset by Delta in overtime

Holy Family junior Willy Clements, middle, wipes his eyes while walking back to the sideline with seniors David Sommers, left, and Nicola Lonardo, right, after losing to Delta Nov. 9 at Holy Family High School.
Holy Family junior Ryan Younggreen, left, hugs senior David Sommers, right, after losing to Delta Nov. 9 at Holy Family High School.
Holy Family linebacker Zach Mollendor, right, dives attempting to tackle Delta running back Jonny Ponce, left, Nov. 9 at Holy Family High School.
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Holy Family missed three extra point attempts in its game against Delta in the first round of the 3A Football State Championships Nov. 9 at Holy Family High School.

While with most games it doesn’t matter, the Tigers would later realize those extra points would be a crucial part of their game against the Panthers that sent the match into overtime.

No. 13 Delta forced overtime when they tied the game at 35 with two minutes left in regulation. The Panthers started with the ball first immediately receiving a holding call bringing the ball back to the 20-yard line.

After two incomplete passes, wide receiver Ryan Whiteside caught a pass on 3rd and 20 for the 42-35 lead.

Holy Family quarterback David Sommers made it look easy running the ball three times for a touchdown on third down. Kicker Marco Lonardo came out to kick the extra point, but instead missed as the ball sailed wide right. The Tigers lost the game 42-41, ending their season with an 8-2 record.

“I’m just sad that it ended this way,” Sommers said, who went 13-for-24 for 291 yards and scored four touchdowns for the Tigers.

It was a back and forth game as neither team was ever ahead by more than eight points. Delta running back Tyler Sandoval helped the Panthers to score first in the game with a nine-yard touchdown run.

Sommers answered back right away with a 60-yard touchdown run on Holy Family’s first play of the game. The extra point was blocked by the Panthers.

After Delta scored again in the first quarter, Holy Family wide receiver Weston Dinsmore caught a 53-yard pass for the Tiger’s second touchdown of the game. The Tigers made a two-point conversion to tie the score at 14.

Panthers running back Jonny Ponce ran 53 yards for a touchdown and the team led 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. Sommers scored his second touchdown of the game, while Dinsmore scored this second, with the extra point no good, before the end of the half. Sandoval scored right before halftime for Delta taking the 28-27 lead at halftime, but not for long as Sommers ran for 57 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. The Tigers made another two-point conversion helping Holy Family to their first lead of the game at 35-28.

“I have to give it up to Delta, they played one heck of a game,” Sommers said. “They made plays and we didn’t, so I have to give it up to them.”

Delta’s Ponce went 24-208 and Whiteside was 7-132. Holy Family’s Dinsmore was 3-117, while Sommers finished with 217 yards rushing.

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