The recent heat wave has continued to play havoc on athletic schedules across the state, but for Dublin High football fans they will get the rare treat of three games this weekend at Gaels Stadium.
As previously announced, Friday’s scheduled double-header against Newark Memorial is still taking place, but the start times have been pushed back to create safer conditions for participants and a more enjoyable experience for spectators. The Junior Varsity game will now start at 5:15 p.m. and the Varsity game is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.
The bigger change for the weekend is in regards to Frosh Football. With temperatures expected to climb to 108 degrees on Thursday, it was decided by school officials that Dublin’s game at Monte Vista would need to be postponed. With both schools hosting games on Friday, the only option for playing was on Saturday, but Monte Vista has a previously scheduled activity taking place on its field. Therefore, the Frosh Football game will now be hosted by Dublin at Gaels Stadium, with kickoff taking place at 10:00 a.m.
Admission is free to all home games this season for students with an ASB sticker (which can be purchased in the Student Activities office) or for adults with a Dublin High Digital Sports Pass (which can be purchased here). Tickets for Friday’s doubleheader and Saturday’s Frosh page can be purchased on the Dublin High Athletics GoFan page. For those unable to attend, fans can watch the live-stream on GaelsTV.
Dublin High’s Varsity team comes into Friday’s home opener with some momentum following their 20-0 victory at Castro Valley last Friday. The Gaels jumped out to an early lead when quarterback Sean Collins completed a screen pass to Adam Moore, who ran 25 yards for the opening touchdown. Following a blocked punt that gave the Gaels great field position, Collins connected with Moore again on 4th-and-10 for a 16-yard touchdown pass to extend Dublin’s lead to 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
From there the game turned into a defensive stalemate, which included the Gaels’ defense holding on 4th and goal early in the second quarter. Jonah Dixon had a pivotal interception in the second half to help stop another Castro Valley drive, and Collins threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Garrett Esomanu for 46 yards to help put the game out of reach. Dublin’s defense stifled Castro Valley for the remainder of the game to preserve the shutout.
The JV team is looking for its first win of the season against the Cougars, but played much better in its most recent game at Castro Valley which ended in a narrow loss. The Frosh team also had a narrow loss against the Trojans last week, and is looking to improve upon its 1-1 overall record against the Mustangs.