Week eight of the season has wrapped up and the Del Mar Dons, led by head coach Jason Bumbaca, got a strong league win against the Overfelt Royals, winning by a score of 33-20. The Dons are now 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in league play.
Looking at the pre-game match up, Bumbaca was focused on paying attention to detail. "They run a double wing offense so we practiced against that all week and emphasized the importance of doing your job," he said. "We took a loss the week before and I think it really refocused our guys, it was the best week of practice I've had at Del Mar in four years."
As the game got started, the Dons were determined to get their ground game going. "We run a methodical offense and look for weaknesses in the defense to exploit," said Bumbaca. The Dons' offense finished with over 357 yards rushing and four touchdowns on the ground thanks to the play of quarterback, Marcus Morales. "He's got to make the right reads in this offense; we run a triple option and he was making the right reads all night long," Bumbaca recalled. "Isaac Black had 150-yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also busted two long runs that were really impressive."
Going into the half Del Mar had the lead 20-18 and coach Bumbaca was optimistic about the position his team was in. "We had made two mistakes on defense early, but we got that fixed and answered with two big plays of our own. I felt like we were controlling the game up front, so at the half I reiterated that we have to go out and finish," said Bumbaca.
The Dons were able to hold the Royals to eight points in the second half thanks to the great play of their defense. "Our coaching staff really did a good job at getting the kids prepared this week," Bumbaca said. "Coach Rivera was calling a great game, and they had a few big 4th down stops that really made the difference for us down the stretch."
Going into the 4th quarter, the Dons found themselves trailing by two points after a few busted plays. "We made a stop deep in their territory and got the ball back close to our end zone," Bumbaca recalled. "They were able to tackle us in the end zone for a safety, and the next play returned the kickoff. We went from up six to down two in just two plays."
After that, the Dons got back into their game plan and kept making plays. "We had two 4th down conversions that led to us scoring a touchdown," Bumbaca said. "Overfelt came back out on offense and we were able to stop them on a big 4th down attempt, which led to another touchdown for our offense. I think that was the nail in the coffin. I think Owen Hugle was solid for the defense, he's a vocal leader that was able to rally us when we needed it."
As for Jason Bumbaca, he has coached football for 12 years at the high school level. His coaching resume includes six seasons at Santa Clara, four seasons at Del Mar and two seasons Wilcox. He played high school football at Wilcox and began his coaching career while still in high school, helping coach the pop warner football teams in the area. In addition to coaching, he recently become the athletic director at Del Mar and truly enjoys watching his programs succeed. "Success is different to everyone; I want to see the young student-athletes within the program add to the enrichment of their high school careers by being great students in the class room and competitors in their respective sports." Bumbaca said.
When asked about receiving the Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week Award Bumbaca said, "It's a tremendous honor. I was fortunate to play in Coach Wedemeyer's all-star game in 1999. He was a great coach, leader, and family man."
As our Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week presented by U.S. Bank, Coach Bumbaca will receive a $1,000 grant for the Del Mar Dons football program from the 49ers Foundation. As part of this award, he will also receive two tickets to a 49ers home game where he will be recognized on the field. Coach Bumbaca will also be invited to visit the SAP Performance Facility to watch a closed practice where 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan will officially present him with his award. He will also be featured on the 49ers Cal-Hi Sports Report on Sundays at 6 p.m. & 10 p.m. on NBC Sports California and re-broadcast throughout the week.
Congratulations, Coach Bumbaca!