Eagles secure SVC title on Smith’s record-setting night

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Vista del Lago turned a sloppy, penalty-filled first half into a 47-10 blowout victory and a league championship at El Dorado High on Friday night. The Eagles wrapped up their second consecutive —and first outright— Sierra Valley Conference title with the win. “We shared a piece of the SVC last year and goal No. 1 for us each year is to be a league champion, so that’s huge. We always say that if we can do that, then good things will happen for us after that,” said Vista coach Chris Jones, whose Eagles concluded league play with a 5-1 mark. With his 15th catch of the night, receiver Logan Smith broke the California State record for receptions in a season with 123. The senior came out of the game after his record-setting catch with six minutes left in the third. “It’s one of those things that you try not to think about too much but it’s always in the back of your head and people are always talking about it,” said Smith, who caught 14 of quarterback Aaron Young’s 21 completions. “I have to give credit to all the other guys on the field. They pour their heart out on every single play. The line blocks and Aaron is the best quarterback in the area.” Smith caught a touchdown pass from Young near the end of the first quarter, giving him 11 receiving scores on the season. “Logan’s had a great season,” Jones said. “There were times tonight where we were trying to force feed it to him a little bit but that’s OK. It’s big for him, it’s big for us and it’s big for our program. We have a lot of guys doing really good things right now.” After Vista missed a field goal attempt, Smith intercepted a Cougar pass with 1:43 left in the half that created a Josh Pfeffer 23-yard catch-and-run for a score. On the ensuing kickoff, Vista recovered a loose ball that El Dorado had touched, which led to Chris Cooper’s second TD catch of the night making it 34-3 just before halftime. El Dorado recovered a fumble on the game’s opening kick and returned it back to the Eagle 21. Joel Garcia converted on a 32-yard field goal to give the Cougars an early 3-0 lead. On the ensuing drive, Vista marched 95 yards to the end zone in three minutes, capped off by a Pfeffer 15-yard run. Pfeffer scored three touchdowns on the night. Vista will likely find out their first round playoff opponent over the weekend. “Our hope is that we’ll have a home game depending on how things go with the other games tonight,” Jones said. “We’ll see how things go. There are a few different teams that we could get matched up with and once we find out, we’ll go from there.” JV Eagles 49, Cougars 12 Vista’s JV squad finished their season on a high note by winning its final two Sierra Valley Conference games. Friday night the Eagles dominated in a 49-12 victory over El Dorado. Quarterback Andrew Schantz led the way for the Eagles, scoring a pair of touchdowns on the ground. With all the injuries that the Eagles sustained throughout the season, Coach Kevin Placek was satisfied finishing the season at 3-2 in league (5-5 overall). “This season wasn’t what we wanted it to be but to finish off like this, get everyone in the game and beat a league opponent is fantastic. Everybody contributed. I can’t tell you how proud I am,” said Placek, who was the recipient of a water cooler bath at game’s end on a chilly 50-degree night. “They kept fighting all season. They never let the injuries get to them and I think we've set the groundwork for good things to come for these kids over the next few years.”