Vista Jr. Eagles vs. Capital Christian
Vista 12, Cougars 6
The Eagles entered Saturday's contest in a "must-win" situation. RB Jack Cromwell lit up the scoreboard first with a 14-yd TD run. The Eagles’ defense was tremendous the entire day, led by Samir Spikes, Justen Womack, Cromwell, Brayden Miller and Jake Knorr. The Cougars responded late in the fourth with a 3-yd TD run, tying the game 6-6. The contest went into OT with Womack making a spectacular defensive stop on fourth down. Knorr quickly scampered to the outside pylon from 10 yards for the Eagle victory.
Vista 43, Cougars 7
On Saturday, the Eagles quickly put last week's loss behind them. They exhibited tremendous play in all facets of the game. The offense was led by QB Matt Long, Jasen Womack, Luke Lundbeck, Drew Ewey, Jack Cantelme and Nico Biagetti. Max Vota was 2-2 on PATs. The defense also had a dominating performance. Interceptions by Long, Derek St. Dennis and Camden King all led to points on the board. Logan Murray had a fumble recovery and other very notable defensive standouts being Brandon Nazworth, Joseph Musk, Taylor Allen, Ethan Jones and Vota. The Eagles need to keep this momentum moving forward to next week's highly anticipated match up versus the Ponderosa Jr. Bruins.
Cougars 32, Vista 20
The Vista Jr. Eagle junior midgets dug deep to rally against Capital Christian, but came up short, 32-20. Big passing day for QB Jakob Hollingshaus, but unfortunately the Jr. Eagles couldn’t convert this to points on the board. The offense gained momentum with Nolan Goodwin, Kai Wallen, and Drew Anderson, moving the ball up the field. Two TDs from Dominick Pallari and a huge 70-yard TD reception from Jadon Wallen put the spring in Vista’s step. Hats off to the defense for standing strong but alas, the Capital Christian running game found daylight and scored on a couple of big runs. Overall, a hard fought battle by all.
Vista 40, Cougars 32
The Jr. Eagles Midgets travelled to Capital Christian to take on the Cougars in a battle for second place in the Division 1 SYF. The game started out as a defensive match up with both teams tied at 8 going into halftime. The second half proved to be a shootout as the Eagles and Cougars traded TDs for the final two quarters. QB Aydan Edwards was 17-for-25 on the day with two passing touchdowns behind a sturdy O-line. WR Nathan Zan received the sticky hands award with nine key receptions, including a 22-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles had a strong day running the ball as well with RB Erik Johnson spinning and scampering for two touchdowns. Pinpoint kicking by Edwards and excellent kickoff coverage by Grant Roush and Wesley Evans left the Cougars with a lot of field to cover in the fourth quarter. The defense came up huge in the fourth quarter with two big drives thwarted behind the pass coverage of Davin Griffin, Brycen Santero, and Ryan Alvarado and the pass rush of Jack Goyeau and Nick Silver. With 10 seconds left and the Cougars knocking on the door to score the tying TD, Zach Corbitt (2 touchdowns) intercepted the ball to seal the game with a 40-32 win. The 5-1 Eagles will host Ponderosa next week at Livermore Field in Folsom.