Vista rolls over Bruins in first real home game, 50-28

By: Matt Long
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Vista del Lago’s football team did not disappoint the near-capacity crowd that showed up at the first varsity football game played on the campus of Vista del Lago High School.

On Friday night, the Eagles jumped out to a 36-0 lead on their way to a 50-28 victory over Ponderosa.

Dominick Norris scored four rushing touchdowns, and Chad Wilson caught of pair of touchdown passes from Grant Patterson, as the offense found its stride after being shutout by Oak Ridge in the opening game of the season.

“It’s a very successful first home game,” Norris said. “We put on a show for the crowd. It was nice to bounce back from last week and show who we really are. It was nice to get the run game going. The offensive line did a great job.”

Scoring the first touchdown at the new stadium was icing on the cake.

“It’s a great feeling to score the first touchdown,” Norris said. “It’s nothing I was thinking about, but I’ll take it.”

Vista also managed a defensive touchdown, as Daniel Dias intercepted a pass and returned it 24 yards for a score.

“I just sat on the route,” Dias said. “I knew exactly what they were doing. I saw the play 1,000 times in practice. It feels great to score the first defensive touchdown here.”

The home crowd, especially the large contingent of Vista students, made for an exciting atmosphere.

“It’s exciting,” Dias said. “It’s crazy out here.”

Added Norris, “I’m really impressed with the fans. It means a lot to have them come back after last week, and show us their faith and support. They helped us tonight. I expect them to be here every game.”

Vista coach Mike Struebing was pleased with his team’s performance, as well as the atmosphere at the first home game on campus.

“It’s great to be home,” Struebing said. “The atmosphere was fantastic. The crowd was great and the music was lively. On the field, the guys were lights out. They got after it early. Everyone was a lot better from last week against Oak Ridge. They worked hard this week. Our offense jelled. Defensively, we gave up some things that I didn’t like, especially in the second half.”