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De Anza Dons demonstrate big heart

on November 23, 2009

The De Anza High School Dons, a much-maligned football team, got clobbered in their homecoming night game. But the full story does not show up in the box score.

The Dons were blown out 49-7 by a much better Alameda High School team. The Dons gave up hundreds of yards, but never yielded an inch when it came to heart.

Defensive coordinator Damariea Blanchard urges players to continue their intense play.

Defensive coordinator Damariea Blanchard implores his players to continue their intense play.

They came in 0-9, and they left 0-10. Most of the  23 players who suited up were seniors, playing possibly the last organized football game of their lives.

After the game, Coach Mike WIlliams said he was proud of his boys for never giving up. Anyone who watched that night couldn’t help but agree.

20091123_deanzablog/20091123_deanzablog.mp3|Fight that never stops|The football players at De Anza High School had little success on the scoreboard, but teach us something through their tireless effort.


  1. Jonte Carter on November 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    we tried our best and as i look back im proud of myself and my team for standing strong

  2. Domanic Green on March 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    we will work hard during the off season

  3. Musa Khan on April 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Next Year-New Mindset….Were Coming Drool Drenched Hungry

  4. isaiah johnson on June 13, 2010 at 11:09 am

    man yall niggas fuckin suck we was never that sorry ma sophmore year or junior year we won some games and we had talent de anza looked like a pop warner team nobody from de anza made all-league i made it tho accal all–league second team RB 2006 and accal-ALL-league DB 2007 YALL SUCK AND YALL HEAD COACH MIKE WILLAMS WHY HE STILL COACHING YALL QUARTERBACK WAS WROST THEN jamarcus russell

  5. PERKIN on August 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Your Coach WIlliams hasn’t attended an All-League meeting since 2006 I believe. Either he doesn’t feel like he has All-Leaguers or he doesn’t know there’s a meeeting. Either way time to fire him. There’s way too much talent at DeAnza.

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