Dublin falls to Clifton 30-7, shift focus to playoffs

CALEB MCCAIG cmccaig@empiretribune.com
Dublin hopes to make some noise in this year's playoffs.

The Dublin Lions regular season ended on a sour note Friday night as they closed out district play with a 30-7 loss to Clifton. 

The result was described by Dublin head coach Bob Cervetto as a game where his team couldn’t get things going on both sides of the ball. 

“We played some pretty good defense, but we couldn’t get anything going offensively,” he said. “The kids played hard, but it was just one of those nights. We went 2-3 in our first season (non-district), 2-3 in our second season (district) and now we’re 0-0 (in the playoffs). We’re going to be okay and we’re excited for this week that’s coming up.” 

With the loss, Dublin is now slotted in the No. 4 slot in district 10-3A and will face district 9-3A’s champion in Blooming Grove next week. 

“We’ve got to come out and play fast and make somethings happen early,” Cervetto said. “We just kind of get off to slow starts and it’s hurt us in some games. We’ve got to eliminate the big play and keep getting better next week.” 

With the Lions going to the playoffs for the second straight year, these players have made history within the Dublin football program. The past two seasons have marked only the third time in program history that Dublin has made back-to-back playoff appearances. 

“There’s a lot of good things happening here,” said Cervetto. “Having been here five years, compared to where we were three years ago our expectations are a lot higher now. We want to do better and that drives us. We aren’t satisfied just getting into the playoffs now. We did that last year and won a game. As you keep wiring in the program you want to continue being successful. We have a great community and a great backing. Our town and community live and die with our success and that’s a cool trait. It’s a great quality to have.” 

Dublin and Blooming Grove will play next Friday night in Burleson with kick off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.