After beginning the season with a dominating 63-20 win, Danbury fell 31-20 to Holgate last Friday to fall to 1-1 on the season.
The Lakers got on the board first, scoring on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Zack Kalinoski to Brandon Bahnsen to take a 6-0 lead, only to see the Tigers respond with four straight touchdowns to take a 28-6 lead into the half.
“I was really disappointed that we didn't get the win,” said Danbury head coach Bryan Dudash. “I thought we matched up pretty well with them.
“They had us down 28-6 at halftime and we got the ball back and I told our guys to come out and execute (in the second half). I said, 'If we get a score and get a stop, we're back in the ballgame.' And that's what we did.”
The Lakers responded, scoring on an 18-yard pass from Kalinoski to Cody German and cut the deficit to 28-20 on Kalinoski's one-yard touchdown run.
However, the game was put out of reach when Holgate kicker Jakob Gerstung connected on a 24-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to push the lead to 31-20.
“It was 28-20 in the fourth quarter and we just couldn't make a play,” Dudash said. “It was a combination of things. It was an onslaught of bad breaks and us not executing and that hurt. Cody German had an 88-yard touchdown that was called back (because of a penalty).”
This Saturday, the Lakers travel to Sandusky to face St. Mary Central Catholic. Last season, the Panthers defeated Danbury in convincing fashion, 42-13. SMCC went 3-7 last season and has begun the 2012 season with an 0-2 record, though both losses have come to quality opponents, St. Paul (34-12) and St. Joseph CC (25-20). It is Danbury's last non-conference game before entering Toledo Area Athletic Conference play against Cardinal Stritch.
Offensively, the Panthers like to pound the ball with running back Brandon Green and quarterback Alex Guerra and, if given the opportunity, will air it out.
Defensively, SMCC has struggled thus far, allowing a combined 59 points. Danbury's athleticism could pose problems for the Panthers. In fact, the Lakers run the same spread offense that SJCC employs, and the Crimson Streaks were able to move the ball at times against SMCC.
“They're bigger and stronger (than Holgate) and they hit a lot harder,” Dudash said of the Panthers.
Currently, the Lakers rank 14th in Division VI, Region 22, with 1.75 points, just 0.60 points out of the final playoff spot (eighth place).
Presale tickets are available for the Danbury football game at St. Mary's in the Danbury Athletic Office. Adult tickets are $5 and student tickets are $4. All tickets at the gate are $6.