Vista Jr. Eagles Football for August 25, 2018
Vista 13, Cougars12
The Vista Jr. Eagles swooped into the season opener against the Jr. Cougars in a nail-biting battle. A slow start by the fledgling Eagles led to an early touchdown in the first quarter by the Cougars. The Eagles ended the first half trailing 6-0. The Eagles came out in the second half with a bit of confidence with Jacob Anglesey leading the way on defense and Cruz Becerra showing the speed of the Eagles by tracking down a loose Cougar from behind on his way to a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Jacoby More and Trenton Kaestner connected through the air for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Vista had one more opportunity to end the game in regulation, but solid defense by the Cougars stopped the drive. In overtime, the Cougars had the ball first and scored on their first play; however, were denied from converting the extra point attempt by a swarming Eagles defense. Gio Righini bruised his way through the Cougar den for a 10-yard touchdown to tie the game. The Eagles, without missing a beat, stepped to the line, received the play call from sideline, and More followed key blocks into the end zone to score the game-winning points. The Jr. Eagles ended the game with a 13-12 victory.
Cougars 12, Vista 6
The Jr. Eagles came ready to play in a hard-fought battle against the Jr. Cougars on Saturday to start the 2018 season.
Offensive turnovers put the Eagles behind early, but an inspired defensive effort gave the Eagles offense all the opportunities to pull off the comeback.
A big interception from A.J Rhigini and a tremendous sack from Brenden Miller got the ball back in the hands of the offense, giving the Eagles a chance at victory.
The Eagles’ defensive line kept pressure on the Cougars offense all day long and showed promising potential for the rest of the season.
Despite the great defensive effort, the Eagles comeback fell short.
Next week the Eagles play at home against Ponderosa.
Vista 34, Cougars 12
The Jr. Eagles opened the 2018 season right where they left off after a 10-0 campaign in 2017. Vista’s offense wasted no time their first possession. The offensive line, led by Andrew Powers and Russel Stevens, made key blocks to let Matt Long call his own number rushing for the game’s first score. The offense was not done yet, though. Long hooked up with Camden King on a check down for Vista’s second score of the game. Nico Biagetti came in and split the uprights for a two-point conversion. Drew Ewey added to Vista’s offensive attack on a hard 30-yard run to the land of quick six. Vista’s defense held strong all game. The defensive line, led by Ethan Jones, Logan Murray, and Long, shut down the Cougars’ run game. Jonny Koett, Jackson Canteleme, Jackson Werpy, Josiah Ramos, Luke Lundbeck, and Will Anderson all worked together to shut down the Cougars’ passing game, forcing two fumbles and an interception by Anderson. Koett led the Eagles secondary with four tackles. Vista’s offense was not done for the day. Long called his own number once again with a second rushing TD late in the third, followed by a deep hookup with Jackson Werpy. Biagetti went to work again with his second PAT of the game. The Jr. Midgets showed once again that they are a family with each and every player contributing to bring home the first win of what should be an exciting season.
Vista 43, Cougars13
The Jr. Eagles 14-and-under team opened their season on the road in convincing fashion with a win over the Capital Christian Jr. Cougars. The air attack struck quickly and often, scoring on just the second play of the game on a 46-yard pass play putting the Eagles up 8-0 in just 50 seconds. The offense racked up 301 yards on just 22 snaps with four Jr. Eagles seeing the end zone. QB Lyam Edwards completed eight of his 12 passes for 205 yards, finding receivers Crew Santero, Gavin Green, Jacob Florance, and Wes Bonar for touchdowns. The ground game was led by Thomas Keegan’s six carries for 66 yards with solid offensive line play from Marco Romero, Mason DePetrillo, Anthony Camarillo, and Taylor Wagstaff. Defensively, the Jr. Eagles adjusted to the Jr. Cougar balanced attack, which saw a heavy dose of inside power running and the deep ball. Giving up 13 first half points, the Jr. Eagles shut out the Jr. Cougars in the second half with great plays and defensive grit from Logan Goldsmith, Sam Hutchinson, and Ethan McConnell. Special teams also got into the act for the Jr. Eagles with a blocked punt resulting in a scoop and score for Gavin Green. The win puts the Jr. Eagles at 1-0 on the season heading into a home game Saturday against the Ponderosa Jr. Bruins.