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Vista falls to Cosumnes Oaks, 34-21

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago had Cosumnes Oaks right where they wanted them: in Folsom and on the verge of falling behind early. The Eagles, however, weren’t productive enough in the red zone, as they made four trips inside the Wolfpack 20-yard line and only came away with a pair of field goals. Another possession ended just outside the red zone at the Cosumnes Oaks 22-yard line with an interception. After those field goals gave Vista a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter, the rest of the game was all Wolfpack, as they scored two more times in the first half on their way to a 34-21 win over the Eagles. Trailing 7-0, the Eagles tied the score on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Young to Chris Cooper and an extra point by Trevor Meredith. Logan Smith ended Cosumnes Oaks’ next drive with an interception and the Eagles were in business. Despite having the ball at the Wolfpack 12-yard line, the Eagles only made it to the six before opting to kick a 23-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead. On the next possession, the Eagles had the ball at the Cosumnes Oaks three-yard line and failed to punch it in again and Meredith booted a 20-yard field goal and the Eagles led 13-7. Cosumnes Oaks quarterback Andrew Williams wasted little time getting his team going, as he scored on a 59-yard touchdown run to quickly tie the game at 13. The extra point gave the Wolfpack the lead for good. Vista promptly muffed the ensuing kickoff, and the Wolfpack recovered and scored again to take a 21-13 lead into the locker room. The Eagles started the second half by moving the ball to the Cosumnes Oaks 19-yard line before the drive stalled. The Wolfpack capitalized again and increased the lead to 27-13. Vista’s next three drives ended with a punt, interception and a turnover on downs at the Cosumnes Oaks one-yard line. Vista tacked on one more score (Young to Taylor Wisinski) and two-point conversion (Young to Smith), but it was too little, too late. Young completed 27-of-44 passes for 317 yards and two scores, but also threw two interceptions. Logan Smith caught 14 passes for 152 yards, while Wisinski and Cooper also caught touchdown passes. Ethan Pipion rushed for 74 yards on 11 carries, but only carried the ball twice for 15 yards in the second half after a solid first-half performance. “Not scoring touchdowns in the red zone was huge,” Vista coach Chris Jones said. “You have to do better than two fields in four trips. That was definitely a difference maker tonight. You can’t make mistakes down there; you’ve got to come away with touchdowns. JV – Cosumnes Oaks 16, Vista 6 The Eagles played the Wolfpack tough, but Cosumnes Oaks had the advantage on the scoreboard. Trailing 9-0, Vista cut the lead to three at 9-6 late in the third quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Schantz to Mike Majeski, but Cosumnes Oaks intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown to secure the win late in the fourth quarter. “Our defense was fantastic, but we made it to the red zone four times and only scored once,” Vista coach Kevin Placek said. “You’re not going to win a lot of games when you can’t get the ball in the end zone.”