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By Rich Tuiono
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Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2011  
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The hard fought battle between the Lions and East Palo Alto was so physically intense, that the referee called the game before full time for "safety" reasons!

Only if the Bulldogs had a little more time to make things happen.

Actually, the Lions were the only thing happening in the first half -- at least, on the scoreboard. It only took Sacramento 8 minutes to get on the board. Seven minutes later they caught the Bulldogs sleeping. They quickly went wide with the ball, where they had a three man advantage and easily scored a try, to take a 10-0 lead.,They shut out the Bulldogs the whole half!

East Palo Alto finally got on the board in the forty fifth minute with a drop goal! Halalilo connected from nearly the halfway line after receiving an accurate ball from Vahai.

The Lions came back with a penalty kick to regain their margin, 13-3.

But the Bulldogs have been down before and they have always found a way to come back!

Showing their strength as a second half team, the Bulldogs worked their way into scoring position twice within seven minutes! They were rewarded on their first trip by their captain, Sione Holi, with a try! The score was set up by a quick-dodging run from Halalilo and a powerful run from Finau.

Halalilo made the conversion to close the gap to three. But their next trip down, would end with a turnover.

Before the game, Coach Lavaka mentioned that "defense would be the key" to winning the game. 

It was the Bulldogs second turnover in the game near the try line! And it would be their last, as the whistle blew right after the change of possession.

"We got little things to clean up, like penalties, but overall I'm happy with our effort," Coach Lavaka said.

After dishing out a few calls for dangerous conduct including four penalty cards and still not seeing evidence of either team calming down, the referee decided to call the match.

So much could have happened with just a few more minutes... but I guess the referee was thinking the same thing.

Bulldogs 10   Sacramento Lions 13


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