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Athletes of the Week: Don Bosco

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State championships are nothing new at Don Bosco, but they usually happen on the mat where the Dons have won a total of 18 team championships.

However, a week ago they captured their first on the gridiron.

"Like I've told everybody else, it's indescribable, and it's the best feeling in the world. It's pretty amazing, said Don Bosco Senior Dalton Becker.

"They've got the will to win, and you can't coach that," :Don Bosco Head Coach Colby Yoder said. "That's not something that I instilled in them, that's a lot of stuff that came from their homes."

The Dons rallied from a 14 point deficit to defeat Elk Horn Kimbalton 18-14 in the 8-man championship -- holding their opponent scoreless in the second half -- sealing the win with a Jake Hogan interception in the final moments.

"At halftime we really knew that we were still in this game, and we didn't have a doubt in our minds that we were going to come back and take it," Don Bosco Senior Travis Havel said.

"Every year that I've been part of this program, we've always been a second half team," Don Bosco Senior Mitchell Corkery said. "We always play better in the second half.  The coaches just sat us down, just told us, we're not out of this game."

"We're fighters," Don Bosco Senior Jake Hogan said. "That's what Yoder preaches to us, just fight for 48 minutes, and we'll come out on top."

The Don Bosco program had gone through a lot to get to this point -- started just 10 years ago with no field of their own -- they went winless in their first 2 seasons.

This year's seniors endured a 1 and 8 campaign as freshman -- but have been able to turn things around making the state final the past 2 seasons.

"We've been down at the bottom, and we found a way to creep our way to the top, so I think these guys have that mentality and just keep fighting," Yoder said.

And after gaining fuel by a runner-up finish last season -- there was little doubt how this year would end

"Knowing that first place trophy was finally in our hands from last year same place didn't feel so good, so just knowing we had that first place trophy, it's just unbelievable," Havel said.

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