Injury was the common word for both teams as the Charter Oak Chargers, (2-2) and Damien Spartans, (2-2) had injuries to key members of their starting rosters.
According to Damien head football coach Matt Bechtel, the special teams and defense shined in the game. Holding Charter Oak to minimal yards in the first half, the defense kept the Chargers deep in their own territory.
This resulted to Damien receiving good field position after the Chargers punted or when the Spartans blocked the punt.
Damien special teams is what put the Spartans on the board first with a field goal in the first quarter.
Leading 10-0 at the half, Damien’s defense forces a fumble that was recovered by Charter Oak in the end zone where the Spartans defenders made the tackle for the safety to lead 12-0.
Due to an injury to Damien quarterback Jacob Barton, freshman Dylan Gutierrez started the game and led the Spartans to a 33-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
Also suffering an injury to their starting quarterback , had freshman Vincent Farrar starting at the quarterback position. Farrar late in the game made key passes in the two touchdowns the Chargers scored in the fourth quarter.
However, the Damien lead was out of reach as the Spartans got the 33-14 win.
Prior to the game the Charter Oak Chargers received a pleasant surprise as Chargers head football coach Lou Farrar attended the game. Farrar watched the game from his golf cart parked on the track behind the end zone. Charter Oak announced that Farrar was diagnosed with leukemia in March.