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Jimison has solid debut for Eagles

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago sophomore Matt Jimison found out Thursday after practice that he’d be the starting quarterback Friday night against Bradshaw Christian. He made a good first impression against an overmatched opponent, completing eight of 10 passes, half of his completions going for touchdowns, in a 63-35 victory. The win improved Vista’s record to 3-1 on the season as they head to Placerville on Friday to open the league season against El Dorado. Jimison ended the game with 125 passing yards and 60 rushing yards and was pleased with not only his performance, but the team’s as well. “My goal was to help the team move the ball down the field and put the ball in the end zone and let the defense take over,” Jimison said. “My line gave me a lot of time and Josh (Pfeffer) and the run game kept the backers from dropping back in coverage. The whole offense played well.” The Vista run game was electric, as the Eagles averaged nine yards per carry, gaining 246 yards on 26 carries. Austin McGuire gained 100 yards on two carries, both for touchdowns, to lead the way. Pfeffer carried the ball eight times for 28 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Ibanez ran seven times for 31 yards, while Justin Moore picked up 27 yards on three carries. Harry Kozlowski had a big game as a receiver, catching five balls for 101 yards and two scores. Tyler Kaim also hauled in two touchdown passes, catching four balls overall for 57 yards. “Tyler played a great game,” Jimison said. “He had a size advantage and got good body position on the defenders.” Defensively, the Eagles allowed 35 points, but that’s misleading. Vista led 49-14 at halftime and the game was no longer in doubt in the second half when Bradshaw Christian scored three more times. “I thought we played well, especially on offense,” Vista coach Chris Jones said. “We wanted to get into a good offensive rhythm and we were able to do that. Matt played really well and managed the game well with his arm and his legs. Vista also got into the action on special teams, as Brad Rittenhouse returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score. With the non-league part of the season over, the Eagles enter league play Friday on the road at El Dorado. Vista’s forfeit win over Castlemont, while a win, has Jones feeling his team is a game behind. “Win-wise we’re OK, but I just feel like we’re behind by not playing that game,” Jones said. “Right now we’re in catch-up mode. The way to catch back up is to have a great week of practice and to play well on Friday. As coaches we’re looking to see if we’re doing the little things right.” Vista faces the El Dorado Cougars (2-2) on Friday. “The key will be putting the ball in the end zone and sticking to our offense,” Jimison said. “They’re going to bring some blitzes so we’ll have to get the ball out quickly and be good in the run game. Jones added, “El Dorado is a spread team and will throw it around. They’ve got a new coach and a lot of guys on the roster and they’ve won a couple of games. It looks like their program is headed in the right direction and I think it’s a good way for us to start the league season.” JV Eagles Vista defeated Bradshaw Christian 49-13 on Friday night. Ryan Wert threw four touchdowns, two to Michael McMahon and another pair to Jorden Torres. Nick Brown and Brandon Tanglao had a rushing touchdowns. Torres also picked off two passes, returning one for a touchdown. This the 14th win in a row for this group of kids, having won 10 games last year as freshmen to go along with this year’s four wins. “The kids and coaches approach each week with an ‘us against the world’ approach,” Vista coach Lance Moore said. “My coaching staff does a great job preparing the kids. We design the game plan, the kids believe in what we are doing and then execute on Friday night. It is truly a team effort, one of trust and respect. We have a huge target on our backs and we get everyone’s best shot, but we just keep winning.” Freshman Eagles The freshman squad lost to Lincoln, 33-23 and dropped to 2-2 on the season. “We shot ourselves in the foot the entire first half,” Vista coach Ty Schantz said. “We fumbled the ball, threw interceptions, missed assignments, but most of all didn’t pick up a punt that was a live ball due to Austin Palmieri getting a safety against the Zebras. If we picked up the ball it was a 21-15 ballgame after being down 21-0 to mistakes and we would have had a chance to score and make it a 22-21 game.” Blake Martin scored two touchdowns on a quarterback keeper and an interception return. Running back Nick Williams also scored a touchdown, while Martin threw a two-point conversion to Jacob Sampson. “Overall, the team worked hard to bounce back but unfortunately we made more mistakes and ran out of time,” Schantz said. “I give credit to the Zebras and Coach Williams for fighting a tough game and not making many mistakes at all. They were a classy group of young men and we look forward to playing them every year.”