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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 lC AND JNTY Portola's Ricky Lowdermilk breaks a tackle from one of Chester's defenders during the Division IV Championship game Nov. 21. Photos by James Wilson Portola's David Borgmeyer hurries to taCkle Chester's Rocklin Loranger. James Wilson kickoff and, with a few key Sports Reporter plays, scored their first sports@plumasnews.comtouchdown. Zack Martinez rushed for Portola traveled to Chester 40 yards. The next play Ricky last Wednesday, Nov. 21,Lowdermilk passed to with a vendetta. Chester tar- Michael Martinez, who car- nished Portola's perfectried the ball to Chester's 9- record the last game of the yard line. Lowdermilk once regular season and the two again passed to a wide-open teams once again faced each Martinez, who caught the other -- this time in the ball in the end zone. Romero Northern Section Division kicked the extra point. IV championship game. Chester received the kick- The Tigers settled the off, but its time holding pos- score that night and took the session was brief. As the Vol- championship with a 42-13 canoes attempted to make. win over the Volcanoes. some yards, Portola's Dakota "We just didn't show up for Price stripped the ball and some reason," said Chester's recovered to once again give coach, Terry Hernandez. the Tigers the ball. "We moved the ball no prob- After a short drive to the 1- lem, but when we got close I yard line, Klint Williams guess we got afraid of the end rushed the ball in for Porto- zone. We hadn't played that la's second touchdown. poorly all year." Shortly after Chester re- Fans of both teams filled ceived the kickoff, Portola's up Chester's stands and Zack Martinez was knocked watched two Plumas County hard enough to be put out of teams compete in the cham- the game. Martinez was the pionship for the first time in Tigers' main running back history..during the season and Portola's defense was rushed for more than 1,600 trained at stripping the ball yards this Year, and Chester had trouble re- "We lost our best running taining possession through- back and the third best run- out the game. Portola found ning back in the Northern whatever holes were in Section," said Heskett. Chester's defense and slipped "Some teams would have through them for a total of folded the tent, but my play- six touchdowns, ers viewed it differently. In- When Chester held on to juries sometimes provide op- the ball they made slow pro- portunities." gressive drives. The Volca- Romero replaced Martinez noes fought hard, but the as the Tigers' running back Tigers' defense was too much and Abron Colin replaced his for them to handle, defensive position Romero "To put it nicely, we just took the opportunity as a mo- froze," said Hernandez. "We ment to shine. had defensive backs letting Chester turned the ball receivers run by them uncov- over for the second time ered. We normally never do when quarterback Hunter that. Some of our linebackers Morris tossed the ball back just sat and waRed arou atl," to David Estacio. The ball Oscar Romero -- Who was flew behind Estaci0 and Por named the MVP of the game tola jumped on it to end the -- led the Tigers' offense and first quarter with possession, ploughed through Chester's The second qUarter started idle defense. Romero scored a little slow; both teams were one touchdown and complet- unable to complete a drive. ed numerous successful Portola got to the 6-yard line rushes. Romero also handled when Chester's Estacio inter- all of the Tigers' field goals cepted the ball in the end and kickoffs, zone, The next play Portola's Portolashowcaseditsabili- Romero struck back and ties from the get-go. The Tigers received the initial See Football, page 2C Oscar Romero runs in one of his many rushes from Portola's game against Chester. Romero won MVP for stepping up into the running back position. Miguel Garcia is also shown giving Romero backup. Klint Williams books it down the field. Williams scored three of Portola's six touchdowns. = {! The Tigers sport giant smiles as they pose after their victory over Chester makes them division champions. 'r