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Gauchos give Newman too many chances

Opportunity didn't have to knock for Cardinal Newman Friday night, Casa Grande's Gauchos simply handed it to the Cardinals.

Casa Grande gave Cardinal Newman five chances on turnovers and it was more than enough for the defensive-minded Cardinals to roll up a 25-7 win on a night Gaucho fans saluted the team's seniors.

It was a tough ending to a good first season in the North Bay League for the Gauchos, who finish with a 7-3 overall record and a 5-2 league mark.

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Even better news for the Gauchos is that they don't have to end with the mistake-marred game. They can still look forward to the North Coast Section playoffs.

"Our season is far from over," noted Casa Grande coach Trent Herzog.

Nor is the season over for Cardinal Newman. While the Gauchos compete in Division 2 of the playoffs, Cardinal Newman, after finishing its season with a 6-1 league and a 9-1 overall record, should be in line for a first-round home game in Division 3.

Despite a determined effort, Friday night was just not much fun for the Gauchos.

On Casa Grande's second play from scrimmage, running back John Porchivina had the ball stripped away by Cardinal Newman's Julian Torres and recovered by Chris Steele.

Four plays later, Cardinal Newman's Jacob Webb jumped over a Casa Grande defender to make an exceptional grab of a 20-yard Keaton Dunsford pass in the end zone and the tone for a gloomy Casa Grande evening was set.

Casa Grande lost another fumble in its second possession. This time the Gaucho defense held, but field position, as it was the entire first half and most of the game, favored the Cardinals, and it was just a matter of time before Dunsford connected with Zack Reyes for a 14-yard score.


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