Eagles swoop in for big win at Cordova, 41-23

By: Matt Long
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Trey Hairabedian rushed for five touchdowns and the Eagles dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball in a 41-23 win over Cordova on Friday night. The win improved Vista’s record to 2-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 3-2 overall, as the Eagles now prepare for next week’s game at Ponderosa. Teams that are able to run the ball generally win and for the second consecutive week, the Eagles and Hairabedian have run the ball at will, first against Galt and now Cordova. “I’m really happy that we were able to run the heck out of the ball,” Vista coach Chris Jones said. “We were getting after people up front and when you can run the ball like that, it changes the complexion of the game. We just wore on them.” The Lancers hung with the Eagles for awhile, but Vista pulled away late in the second quarter and finished them off in the second half. Vista held a 12-10 lead following a Cordova field goal with 3:38 to play in the half, but answered Cordova’s 3-pointer with a touchdown in only four plays, as Hairabedian finished off the 55-second drive with his third touchdown run of the game from 17 yards away, making the score 18-10. Cordova’s next drive ended with an Ash Anayah interception of a screen pass deep in Cordova territory that gave Vista the ball at the 20-yard line with 1:18 to play. Four plays later, Hairabedian scored from five-yards out and Scott Fukui’s extra point made it 25-10 at the break. The Eagles came out in the third quarter and used six minutes of the clock to put together another scoring drive, capped off by Fukui’s 34-yard field goal that made the score 28-10. After the Lancers went four and out, Hairabedian found the end zone one last time on a three-yard run early in the fourth quarter to finish off the Lancers. “If you can ice a game in the third quarter, I think that drive did it, just the physicality of it,” Jones said. Tyler Weber scored Vista’s final touchdown and the Lancers picked up a late score as well. Vista JV team wins, 14-7 The Eagles won for the first time since week one, defeating the Lancers with a strong defensive effort. Seth Sobottka scored both of Vista’s touchdowns, the first on a pass from Aaron Young and the second on a short run. “We had a couple kids home with the flu and only suited up 23 kids, but we played well,” Vista coach Darren Jonutz said. “It was a good win for us. Steven Gudino was a standout on defense. The kids worked hard and deserved the win.”