Boys shock in Homecoming upset victory

Blake Porter looks to aid Billy Dale Mercer as he evades a Bosqueville defender Friday in the Lion’s upset victory.

After spoiling Breckenridge’s homecoming the week before, Dublin successfully defended its home turf Friday night, winning its own homecoming over Bosqueville, 45-26.

“It’s always nice to win homecoming,” head coach Bob Cervetto said of the upset. “I’m real excited about how we played in the second half. We played with intensity.”

Bosqueville’s turnovers added an advantage for Dublin in the second half, and the Lions were able to capitalize on that shift in momentum. 

Athlete of the week Josh Hanes had a great game at quarterback, scoring six touchdowns. He passed 13 of 21 for 219 yards, hitting the end zone twice. He rushed 100 yards across 17 carries, crossing the end zone four times. 

Dublin’s running backs, including senior Keith Wright, who rushed for 55 yards over nine carries, and junior Jacob Stanley, who ran 33 yards over seven carries, as well as sophomores Casyn Morton and Hagen Huffman, were huge offensive contributors. 


Lions beat Bucs for the first time

Friday night the Lions made history and earned their first win of the season by beating Breckenridge, 27-24.

In 11 meetings with the Buckaroos, beginning in 1921, Dublin has never conquered Breckenridge until this year. 

“That was a big game for us,” head coach Bob Cervetto said. “To beat them at their place, at a great stadium, that was great. I was very happy for our kids.”

The Lions earned statewide recognition as the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Army Values 3A Team of the Week for pulling off the upset. 

Cervetto said his team learned from the Teague game film last week that they are capable of playing competitively with the tough teams on their schedule. 
Friday night, they proved it. 

Against Teague, Dublin’s errors cost them, and they struggled to regain the momentum. Friday night the tables were turned as they not only quickly overcame their own mistakes, they also capitalized on the errors made their rattle opponents. 


Boys take first at first home meet

Dublin’s men’s cross country team won their home meet on Sept. 20.

Brent Stephen (above) took third overall in 19:10.56, followed by Angel Escobar in fourth in 19:39.14. 

The women’s team took third, with Joley Chisholm earning second in 13:20.15. 


Girls 1-1 in district

Dublin failed to upset the sitting District champions, Comanche, playing a very close four sets on Tuesday night. 

The Lady Lions dropped the first, third and fourth sets, 25-18, 25-23 and 25-23, winning the second 25-16.

“Coming in, we knew we had to play well,” head coach Ryan Lewis said. “Comanche won the District last year and had many players return from that team. We played some great defense and had the best service receive that we have probably had all year. The determining factor in the game came to our hitting and serving errors. We will keep working on minimizing the errors and push for a win on Saturday as we travel to Eastland.”

Addison Stout and Angelica Linan led in kills with 11 each. 

Joley Chisholm served four aces and made a whopping five blocks

Kyleigh Bamber made 24 of the teams 68 digs of the night. 

Jordyn Ricks made16 assists. Kylie Curtoys made 14.


Lady Lions in district prep

Athlete of the week Kyleigh Bamber pulls back for the kill in Dublin’s home game against state-ranked Peaster Tuesday night.

State-ranked Peaster beat the Dublin Lions Tuesday in three sets 25-11, 25-11 and 25-10. 

“The girls dug some hard hit balls and did a good job covering hitters on the block,” head coach Ryan Lewis said. “We have played some very good teams in the preseason.”

Bailey Noel led in kills for the night with three. Hailey Ortega made 13 digs. Joley Chisholm made three blocks. Jordyn Ricks made four assists. 

On Friday, the Lady Lions battled Clyde falling in three sets, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-16. 

“The girls made some great defensive plays against some strong hitters,” Lewis said. “Our hitting errors ended up being a big contributor to the loss.”

Noel made six kills. Kylie Curtoys scored two aces. Kyleigh Bamber made 11 digs. Ricks made seven assists. 

“All of these games have helped us prepare for this weekend,” Lewis said. “We are ready for District.”


Lions chase Teague

Jacob Stanley breaks away from a Teague Lion on Friday at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. The boys fell, 57-7. Stanley made the team’s one touchdown.

Dublin continued to prepare for an intense regular season by running the gauntlet again in Belton against Teague, falling 57-7.

Under the bright lights of Mary Hardin Baylor,  Dublin’s defense shone bright against a speedy, state-ranked Teague offense, getting a fourth-down stop in the first quarter and forcing several punts. 

“The score doesn’t reflect our kids’ effort,” head coach Bob Cervetto said. 

Reflecting on the film, Cervetto said his players saw how just a few plays would have dramatically changed the score of the game. 

Dublin’s potential was evidenced when Jacob Stanley ran in Dublin’s only touchdown on a deep kick return. When Dublin’s defense pushed Teague to punt on the next possession, the momentum had shifted in Dublin’s favor. 


Cross-country boys take gold

For the first time in recent history, Dublin’s varsity boys brought home the gold from the Coleman invitational on Monday for their cross-country speed. 

Brent Stephen and Tim Teten finished sixth and seventh as individuals in 18:59.5 and 19:20.3, respectively. 

Angel Escobar placed 11th in 19:37.6.

Daniel Escobar and Jeremiah Martinez were 20th and 21st in 20:33 and 20:35, and Jacob Seal was 30th in 21:20.3. 

Rayce Jackson was 37th in 21:29.4.

The varsity women took fifth as a team, led by Joley Chisholm, who placed second individually in 13:45.7.

Sandra Martinez was 22nd in 15:07.5. 

Jordyn Ricks placed 40th and Camry Porter took 44th in 15:47.8 and 16:00.9, respectively.

On JV, Diego Caballero placed higher than any other JV runner at No. 23 in 20:39.4.

Nabor Calderon took 27th in 21:06.3.

Blake Stephen was 38th in 21:31.9.


Ladies battle Jim Ned

The Lady Lions fell to Jim Ned in four sets Tuesday night. 

Dublin won the first set, 25-18, then dropped the next three sets, 25-22, 25-22 and 25-22. 

Joley Chisholm led in kills and aces in that first set with two and 1, respectively.

Jordyn Ricks set four kills in the set, and Kyleigh Bamber scooped five digs. 

Addison Stout and Chisholm each made a block in that first set, as well. 


Dublin Lions trail top team Albany close at half

Dublin hung with the top-five Albany Lions on the road Friday night, staying within striking distance through most of the first half. 

When a pair of consecutive bad snaps reversed Dublin’s momentum on a late second-quarter drive, Albany pounced, running away with a lead Dublin couldn’t recover from. Dublin lost 61-21.

“We’ve got to learn that things are going to happen in a ball game,” head coach Bob Cervetto said. “There’s good moments and bad moments and we’ve got to make sure that we don’t get too high with highs and too low on the lows.”

Cervetto said Albany’s skilled position athletes were impressive and that was good preparation for games to come. 

“We knew our nondistrict is going to be a gauntlet. But it isn’t getting any easier from here,” Cervetto said of District competition. 

He said he’s happy to his team rising as the competition gets tougher. 


Ladies dominate Venus

Jordyn Ricks sets the ball in a varsity win over Venus on Tuesday

Dublin dominated Venus Tuesday night in three sets, 25-13, 25-6 and 25-11. 

“The girls did an excellent job of being aggressive, and consistency was great,” head coach Ryan Lewis said. “Overall we played well. The defense looked good also. It was a great win at home.”

Jordyn Ricks led in kills with seven. 

Hailey Ortega and Joley Chisholm each scored three aces. 

Kylie Curtoys set 15 assists. 

Kyleigh Bamber made 10 digs. 

Hillsboro tourney
Over the weekend, the Lady Lions traveled to Hillsboro for a tournament. 
With home-court advantage in an early-morning game, Hillsboro eliminated Dublin in two sets, 25-17 and 25-18. 

“We struggled ever finding our momentum,” Lewis said. 

Chisholm and Addison Stout each hit three kills. Ricks made six assists. Curtoys, Bamber and Chisholm each scored an ace. Bamber made seven digs. Bailey Noel made two blocks. 


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