Jimison's four touchdown passes lift Vista over Liberty Ranch 63-21

By: Matt Long/Folsom Telegraph Sports Editor
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With a 63-21 pasting of Liberty Ranch on Friday night, Vista del Lago improved to 2-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference and 5-1 overall. Though the Eagles have four league games remaining, only one is against a team with a winning record, and that is Cosumnes Oaks, who the Eagles play on the road in three weeks. Vista easily cleared the hurdle the Hawks provided. The game was tied midway through the second quarter, but the Eagles scored twice before halftime and three times in the third quarter to pull away and went on to win by 42 points. “We were successful because we came to play and we played hard,” said Vista senior running back Josh Pfeffer, who scored two touchdowns in the game. “We had a chip on our shoulder from last year’s game when we barely beat them in overtime and we came to play tonight.” Brad Rittenhouse had a huge game for the Eagles, as he caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Matt Jimison, from 10, 69 and 12 yards. Tyler Kaim and Chris Cooper also caught touchdowns passes from Jimison, while Jimison and Austin McGuire rushed for touchdowns. “Brad was good tonight,” Vista coach Chris Jones said. “We’ve been waiting for him to have a breakout game and this was his best game of the season without a doubt.” While the game ended in a blowout, it was close early on. Vista opened the scoring on its first possession on a 15-yard pass from Jimison to Kaim on fourth down. Liberty Ranch got things going in the second quarter with two touchdowns, but the Eagles answered the challenge after each score. Pfeffer scored after the Hawks’ first touchdown on a one-yard run and Jimison ran one in from the four for a 21-14 lead. Before half Rittenhouse’s first touchdown put the Eagles in front 28-14. Vista took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove for another score, capped off by Pfeffer’s second touchdown run, which put the game away. A 69-yard pass to Rittenhouse gave the Eagles a 42-14 lead, followed by another 12-yard TD reception. Jimison’s final touchdown pass to Cooper, from 80 yards, came in the fourth quarter. McGuire capped the scoring later with a four-yard run. Anders Mintz made all nine of his extra-point attempts. About the only negative for the Eagles was that they gave up some big plays, particularly on third and fourth down. “We gave up some plays tonight and we’ve got to be better than that, particularly on third-and-long,” Jones said. JV Liberty Ranch 28, Eagles 26 Vista del Lago blew a halftime lead and dropped its second straight game. Despite losing the lead, the Eagles battled back with a long touchdown pass to Brayden Shouse, who caught a tipped pass that wasn’t even intended for him and took it in for the score to bring his team to within two points with 2:46 to play. The two-point conversion pass from Ryan Wert to Mike McMahon, however, didn’t result in a score, as McMahon was kept out of the end zone and the Hawks ran out the clock and got the win.