Vista Jr. Eagles vs. Ponderosa
Bruins 33, Vista 0
The Eagles entered Saturday's season home finale against a very fast and physical Ponderosa team. The Eagles played great defense in the first half, holding the Bruins to only seven points. Justen Womack had a fumble recovery on defense. Jack Cromwell, Aschlei Andrade, Brayden Miller and Jake Knorr all were on beast mode for the Eagles’ secondary. The tide turned in the second half and Ponderosa's speed on offense proved to be too much for the Eagles’ defense. Although the Eagle's offense was unable to get anything going throughout the contest, RB Jake Knorr did break loose down the sideline for 60 yards, but was stopped short of the end zone. The Eagles travel to Jesuit for their final regular season game in hopes of getting their offense clicking and a win.
Bruins 20, Vista 12
The Eagles’ final home game against the Bruins proved to be a good one. Both teams were already known for their defensive physicality and offensive capabilities. The Bruins’ offense struck first with a short TD run and extra point, putting them up 7-0. Defensive players Brandon Nazworth, Joseph Musk, Camden King, Matt Long and Matthew Lundbeck all played an outstanding game. The Bruins put up six more points in the middle of the third quarter. QB Matt Long hit Johnny Koett with a 10-yd TD pass, tightening the score at 13-6 to end the third. Ponderosa responded late in the fourth with another TD run. Long hooked up with Camden King for a beautiful 30-yd TD pass. The Eagles battled and had a chance at the end, but fell just short. The Eagles will travel to Jesuit for their season finale next weekend.
Vista 16, Bruins 7
The Vista Jr. Eagles Jr. Midgets vanquished Ponderosa, 16-7. The Bruins’ offense was shut down by bone-crushing hits from Vista’s defense. Joe Carrera’s two sacks and fumble recovery set up QB Jakob Hollingshaus for the bomb pass to Drew Anderson for the first TD. A pass to WR Nolan Goodwin resulted in our final score of the day. Despite extreme weather, kicker Aidan Santos was able to get extra points easily. Hat’s off to the defensive line: Thomas Keegan, Jake McKeown, Syris Boyd, and Carrera for bringing it strong. Bonus points for the offensive line; Nicolas Maduri, Evan Hromanik, and Ryan Koening. Finally, respects to Dominick Pallari, Brant Huntly, and Tyler Broussard for the running game and Kai Wallen for a huge interception.
Vista 46, Bruins 8
The 6-1 Jr. Eagle Midgets put up another 40-plus point game, their fourth of the year, as they played host to Ponderosa. A great team effort was given on both sides of the ball by the Eagles. A balanced offensive attack produced three rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns behind an offensive line that controlled the line of scrimmage all game. RB Erik Johnson had a big day on the ground rushing for 2 TDs. QB Aydan Edwards hooked up with Zach Corbitt and Ethan Menezes for two passing touchdowns. Corbitt also rushed for one TD in the 46-8 win. Defensively, the Eagles were able to hold the Bruins to just eight points. The highlight of the day was late in the fourth quarter when nose guard Jack Harvey recovered a Bruins’ fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, his first of the year. This weekend the second-place Eagles will take on the first-place Jesuit Marauders for their final regular season game.