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Westside story has happy ending for Dos Palos

LOS BANOS -- Some things never change.

Dos Palos kept the "Westside War" a one-sided affair with a 7-2 win over Los Banos Friday night.

The win extended Dos Palos' streak to 11 in a row over its rival up the road.

"We've been hearing it for so long, how we're going to be the team to end the streak," said Dos Palos'

Cody Green -- who returned an interception for the only touchdown in the game.

"It feels good to keep it going."

With both bleachers filled, many fans stood around the field as a

crowd of close to 8,000 crammed into Loftin Stadium.

The atmosphere was everything Dennis Stubbs expected.

"It was pretty wild," said the first-year Los Banos coach. "It's hard to get that monkey off our back. But I'm proud of our kids."

The large crowd wasn't exactly treated to an offensive showcase.

If anything, Dos Palos (1-2) showed you can win a game without your offense scoring.

"We just proved that," Dos Palos coach Mike Sparks said. "We've scored one touchdown and that was in the first quarter of the first game, and that was on a halfback pass."

The two offenses combined for

122 total yards of offense in the

first half.

Los Banos (0-2) scored its only points of the game when Dos Palos punter Michael Langford couldn't handle a low snap and was tackled

in the end zone for a safety.

The Dos Palos defense answered immediately.

Two plays after the safety, Green stepped in front of a screen pass by Los Banos quarterback Julio Cortez and ran it back 15 yards for a touchdown -- giving Dos Palos a 7-2 lead with 6:41 left in the first quarter.

"I was just playing zone and I read the play," Green said. "I came up, got it and just ran with it."

Dos Palos had an opportunity

to tack on a field goal at the end of the half, but another bad snap killed that chance.

"We kept shooting ourselves in

the foot," Sparks said. "We missed assignments. We missed blocks.

We fumbled.

"We're not the type of offensive team that can make those mistakes."

Both teams moved the ball in the second half.

Los Banos drove to Dos Palos' 2-yard line late in the third quarter.

Saul Zavala tried to punch the ball in from the 2-yard line, but he

was stopped by DP linebacker Eduardo Ibarra on fourth down.

Los Banos made it an exciting finish by moving the ball inside

the Dos Palos 40-yard line in the

final minute.

An intentional grounding penalty helped stop the drive, however,

and soon Dos Palos was celebrating another victory over its rival.

"We did not talk all week about

Los Banos," Sparks said. "We didn't have to. Our kids know there is a streak and about the tradition."

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