By Clay Fowler
Diamond Bar High School was in a giving mood Saturday night.
After all, it was Diamond Ranch head coach Roddy Layton’s birthday.
In a game they led at the half, the Brahmas committed seven turnovers in an eventual 50-22 loss to Diamond Ranch at Ganesha High.
The Panthers (4-2, 1-1) received five of the turnovers in the second half, including two in 1:24 stretch during which it turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 33-15 lead.
Diamond Bar (2-5, 1-2) pulled within 11 two plays later but got no closer as turnovers plagued the Brahmas. (To continue click thread)
Diamond Ranch’s William Bryan rushed for 130 of his 152 yards in the second half. He finished with two touchdowns and 22 carries.
Diamond Bar quarterback Tyler Peterson, who threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Cordell Broadus on the first possession, finished with 308 yards on 18-of-28 passing with two interceptions.
The first interception, which followed four Diamond Bar fumbles, didn’t come until less than 10 minutes remained in the game with the Brahmas trailing 36-22. Bryan carried 28 yards to the Diamond Bar 1-yard line on the next play, setting up a touchdown that swelled the Panthers’ lead to 43-22 with 9:23 left in the game.
Diamond Ranch evened its league record after a Hacienda League-opening 20-14 loss to two-time defending CIF champion West Covina.
Diamond Bar has lost consecutive league games after an eye-popping 40-3 league-opening victory over Hacienda Heights Los Altos.
After an impressive opening drive was answered by a Diamond Ranch touchdown march, Diamond Bar was poised to take a lead when Broadus committed the game’s first turnover was stripped at the Diamond Ranch 5-yard line. The Brahmas didn’t complete a pitch on their next possession and fumbled the ball away again at the Diamond Ranch 31-yard line.
The Panthers converted their second takeaway into a 63-yard touchdown drive keyed by a 20-yard screen pass to Bryan on third-and-12. Daniel Salguero stretched a 3-yard run inside the pylon to give Diamond Ranch a 14-7 lead at the 7:04 mark of the second quarter.
After pinning Diamond Ranch, the Brahmas had to drive just 34 yards to tie the game 35 seconds before halftime. But after Tyler Brown’s 4-yard touchdown run, Nolan Luzzi executed a fake on the extra point and found Broadus wide open in the end zone for a two-point conversion that gave Diamond Bar a 15-14 lead.
Diamond Ranch drove 74 yards in nine plays to open the second half, finishing the march with Salguero’s second touchdown for a 20-15 lead after a 35-yard extra point sailed wide.
The next 10 plays featured three touchdowns and two Diamond Bar fumbles.
Both a fumble and a touchdown occurred on the same play when Diamond Ranch’s Daniel Garcia stripped the ball and returned it 22 yards to increase the Panthers’ lead to 26-15 lead with 6:50 left in the third quarter.