Vista Jr. Eagles vs. Natomas
Natomas 8, Vista 0
The Vista Jr. Eagles came ready to play hard, but had the lights shut out by the Natomas Jr. Nighthawks. The Eagles’ chances of a touchdown in the first half were promising with 40-yard pass play to Trenton Kaestner, but fell short of scoring a touchdown. To end the second half, Gavin Aubrey intercepted the Nighthawks’ pass to stop them from scoring. The score was tied 0-0 at the half. The Nighthawks gained momentum in the third quarter with a fumble in the end zone giving them a 2-0 lead over the Eagles. The super villain turned superhero could not be stopped with a 47-yard rushing touchdown for the Nighthawks, ending the third quarter at 8-0. The Eagles continued to fight hard and play clean while the Nighthawks racked up 15-plus penalties. A fumble by the Eagles was recovered by Carlo Romero in the fourth quarter to keep a drive alive for an opportunity to put points on the scoreboard but to no avail. The Eagles battled hard throughout the game but fell short with a 8-0 loss to the Nighthawks.
Vista 20, Natomas 6
The Jr. Eagles put together a complete game on Saturday against a very good Natomas Jr. Nighthawks team, as they came away with another impressive victory.
The Peewee defense was outstanding once again in creating a couple of first half turnovers, but it was the Eagle offensive line that stood out, as they put together their most impressive performance so far. The offensive line of Aschlei Andrade, Blake Bjork, Lucas Garcia Joseph Sotelo, and Samir Spikes put in a dominating performance in the trenches that gave the Eagle offense the room they needed to operate.
An exciting series in the game came when the Eagle defense shut down the Nighthawks on the goal line with tackles in the back field from Brayden Miller and Spikes. Moments later, the Eagles torched the Nighthawks with a 95-yard aerial hookup from Justen Womack to Jack Granrud that had the Eagle crow standing on their way to victory.
Next week the Eagles look to keep the win streak alive at home against El Camino.
Natomas 40, Vista 32
The Jr. Midgets had their hands full Saturday, facing off with the Nighthawks of Natomas. Natomas struck first in the first quarter, putting 20 points on the board before halftime. The Eagles went to work with their first score with a hook up from Johnny Koett to Jack Canteleme. The boys battled hard all game. The defense was busy all day long, led by the efforts of Jasen Womack, Camden King, Tyler McHenry, Jaxson Werpy, and Matt Long. The offensive line worked hard all day, giving time to Koett hook up with Long and Matt Werpy for TD passes. Long also had a long run for a score before half time.
Nico Biaggeti converted on all four of his PAT attempts and stays perfect on the season. The boys defined sportsmanship and Coach Mchenry’s culture of “family” on Saturday. The boys stayed together all game with a never give up attitude. There is no doubt the boys will see the Nighthawks in the playoffs. It will be an exciting rematch!
Vista 38, Natomas 0
For three weeks now, the 14-and-under Jr. Eagles have been working towards a complete game and Saturday on the road at the Natomas Jr. Nighthawks they delivered, pushing their record to 3-0 on the season. Leading at halftime 24-0, the Eagles continued their domination into the second half, completing the shutout 38-0 and putting the game into a controlled scrimmage early in the fourth period. A balanced attack on offense compiled 289 yards on just six possessions and seeing five different Eagles getting into the end zone. Touchdowns passes from Lyam Edwards to Gavin Green and Jacob Florance were supported by rushing touchdowns by Thomas Keegan, Ethan McConnell, and Edwards. The Eagles’ offense has yet to give up a sack on the season behind an offensive line anchored by Anthony Camarillo at center, Marco Romero and Taylor Wagstaff at tackle, and Elijah Acosta and Mason Depetrillo at guard. Platooning into the offensive line to provide valuable situational execution is Carter Schultz, Nick Alkire, and Trent Gomez. Defensively, the Eagles set a goal to play two halves on the same Saturday and they did, limiting the Nighthawks to less than 50 yards of offense and only allowing them to cross midfield one time. Discipline, great tackling, and assignments were the keys for Logan Goldsmith, Crew Santero, Sam Hutchinson, and Wes Bonar for the Eagle defense. The stellar defensive effort and resulting “goose egg” earned the team ice cream at Monday’s film session.