Vista Jr. Eagles, results of the first round of playoffs
Yuba City 36, Vista 0
The Vista Jr. Peewee Eagles had a playoff rematch against a stout Yuba City squad this past Saturday. Yuba City was able to grind out a win against the Eagles despite a great effort on both sides of the ball for Vista. The loss ended a fantastic year for the Jr. Peewee team that played better each week of the season. While the team fell short of the ultimate goal, Jack Granrud and Luke McKeown turned in stellar efforts.
Vista 40, Nevada Union 0
The Vista Jr. Eagles 10U Peewees turned in a stellar 40-0 shutout of the Nevada Union Jr. Miners in the SYF playoff game.
The Eagles’ offense, behind the beastly line of Brandon Nazworth, Jack Tate, Joseph Musk, Logan Murray and Aschlei Andrade, turned in five rushing touchdowns and one through the air. Jasen Womack ran 42 yards for the first Eagle TD (PAT good by Nico Biagetti). Two big runs by Womack and Brock Mendenhall set up a five-yard TD by Womack (PAT good by Trevor Kaestner). Matt Werpy took the opening handoff of the second quarter 51 yards for the Eagles’ third TD. The Eagles added one more TD before halftime on a 32-yard pass from Biagetti to Will Anderson. Womack added another TD on a four-yard blast up the middle, and Will Greene had huge runs of 23 and 31 yards to set up the Eagles’ sixth TD on an 18-yard run by Justen Womack. Vista’s stingy defensive line of Musk, Nazworth and Tate, along with linebackers Josiah Ramos, Werpy, Murray and Jasen Womack, essentially eliminated the Miners’ ability to run the ball inside. The Eagles’ secondary of Anderson, Greene, and Brenden Miller and Brayden Miller, took away the Miners’ passing and outside run game. The Eagles will face Del Campo for the SYF championship next weekend at Del Campo High School.
Vista 32, Yuba City 6
The Jr. Midget Eagles got out to a fast start in their semifinal playoff game against the Jr. Honkers from Yuba City, scoring twice in the first three minutes of the game. The opening drive was set up by a 20-yard return of the opening kick off by Keaton Martell followed by a 25-yard pass play from Lyam Edwards to Gavin Green. Two plays later, Edwards found the end zone on an eight-yard keeper, which was followed by one of four PAT kicks nailed through the uprights by Johnny Koett. Lining up to kick off after the opening score, the Eagles noticed a hole in the Jr. Honkers kick return and dropped a ball to where Logan Goldsmith pounced on it. A 30-yard pass to Jacob Florance set up Thomas Keegan's seven-yard TD run behind great blocking from Nick Alkire and Matt Long, and the Jr. Eagles found themselves up 16-0. On the day, the Jr. Eagles amassed 335 yards of offense and no turnovers with two more touchdowns by Drew Ewey and Florance. Defensively, the Jr. Eagles controlled the Jr. Honker running game, forcing them to the air and gadget plays. Surrendering only one touchdown on the day midway through the fourth quarter, the Jr. Eagles were led on defense by Mason Starkey, Max Vota, Goldsmith, Long, Green, Martell, and Edwards. Closing out the game was Martell with an interception to send the Jr. Eagles to next week's 2 p.m. championship at Del Campo High School in a rematch of the regular season title game against the Jr. Cougars from Del Campo.
Vista 32, Yuba City 14
The Jr. Eagle Midgets will face Woodland for the league championship Saturday at 4 p.m. at Del Campo High School. The Jr. Eagles dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball against Yuba City. Leading the way on the defensive line were Joe Carrera, Jake McKeown, Ryan Koenig and Darrion Williams. Linebackers Jackson Foster, Kole Simon and Jakob Hollingshaus all had strong performances as well, giving up little yardage to the hard-nosed running attack of the Honkers. Jaden and Kai Wallen both came up with big performances on the day, both getting their first interceptions of the year. Offensively, the Jr. Eagles relied heavily on the running game with David Clark III (three TD runs) and Jackson Foster (one TD run) both rushing for more than 100 yards. All of those yards were a result of great blocking from offensive linemen Jake McKeown, Lucas Burrage, Jack Ratto, Ryan Koenig and Joe Carrera, as well as numerous "pancake" blocks by Darrion Williams, and solid blocking from receivers Giovanni Uribe and Nolan Goodwin. Bryce Pando, as usual, was a perfect on all four of his PAT attempts.