Eagles upset Napa, 28-20

By: Matt Long
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It’s only one win, but Vista’s 28-20 victory over Napa on Friday was a giant step for the program. After winning only two games last year against lesser opponents, the Eagles picked up their biggest win to date over the Indians, a game in which they took Napa’s best shots but continued to fight back. Trey Hairabedian had a superb performance at running back, scoring a pair of touchdowns, including the final score on a 5-yard run with 8:45 to play in the game, which put Vista up 28-20. Quarterback Anthony Mull also played well throwing a pair of touchdown passes to Nick Grunsky, who couldn’t be run down by Napa’s defensive backs. “The most important thing for us is that we grew up as a program tonight in the second half,” Vista coach Chris Jones told his team after the win. “The thing I liked the best was that we got a stop when we needed it in the fourth quarter and we got a first down when we needed it and that’s quality stuff right there.” Napa’s quarterback Charles Boyett, who also ran the ball most of the time, punted and returned kicks and punts, did all he could to lead his team to a win, scoring two touchdowns, throwing another and adding a 2-point conversion to boot, but the Eagles stopped him and the Napa offense with 2:35 to play in the game when Caleb Gottschalk broke up a fourth-down pass as the Indians were driving for a potential score. The big stop came on the heels of a 5-yard touchdown run by Hairabedian, which gave the Eagles an 8-point cushion after the Indians had cut a 21-6 lead to 21-20 with two third quarter touchdowns. “It’s a huge win for us,” Hairabedian said as the team stretched afterwards. “We just persevered and didn’t let up. We were confident going into the game, as we really grew as a team in the offseason. “ Another key to the big win was the outstanding crowd support by the Vista faithful. Many took a bus trip down to the game and loudly cheered on the team throughout the night. “It was just awesome,” Jones said of the fan support. “They took a bus trip and made a day of it, and it was neat that they were here for the junior varsity game as well. It’s a huge deal for our program.” Junior Varsity wins 21-7 Aaron Young threw a pair of touchdown passes to Ryan Rodriguez and Andrew Willetts and Seth Sobotka scored another on a run, as the Eagles started the year with a win. “For a first game, I thought we executed the game plan pretty well,” junior varsity coach Darren Jonutz said. “We wanted to hit their quarterback on every opportunity and get the ball out of his hands and offensively, we wanted to spread them out and take advantage of that space.”