Vista outscores Antelope, 56-35

By: Matt Long
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The numbers don’t tell the whole story, but they do tell a big part of it. Vista del Lago’s new spread offense was working to near perfection Friday night as the Eagles outscored Antelope 56-35 in a game that shouldn’t have been anywhere as close as it was. The Eagles led 42-13 midway through the fourth and got sloppy, allowing Antelope three more scores. Vista quarterback Aaron Young completed 20-of-24 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns, hitting Logan Smith 10 times for 156 yards and one score, Chris Cooper just twice for 138 yards and two scores and Tyler Kaim twice for 19 yards and one score. The Eagles also ran the ball very well, as Ethan Pipion carried the ball 21 times for 183 yards and four touchdowns, including a 67-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter. “Everything starts with the offensive line and they played great tonight,” Young said. “They gave me time to throw. The offense clicked like it should tonight. This was a big confidence boost. We know we can get it done.” Vista coach Chris Jones was pleased with the effectiveness of the offense. “We were able to get the ball down field and not just by throwing it,” he said. “We ran the ball extremely well tonight, and it’s nice when you can do both. I felt we were close at times last week offensively, but when we got in bad situations we couldn’t pull it out. Tonight we were in three third-and-long situations and got the first down. Last week we were sending the punting unit out on the field after those plays.” Vista led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, scoring on their only drives on touchdown runs by Pipion. Young hooked up with Tyler Kaim for a 15-yard score in the second quarter and later found Cooper for 47 yards and the Eagles led comfortably at half, 28-7. Antelope cut the lead to 28-13 with a long-scoring drive to start the third, but Vista answered when on third-and-nine, Young went deep to Smith for a 53-yard touchdown pass. A 91-yard touchdown pass to Cooper early in the fourth put the Eagles up big, 42-13, before a sloppy last six minutes of the game. Pipion scored two more times on runs of six and 67 yards. JV Eagles 13, Antelope 0 The Eagles defense pitched a shutout, allowing two second-quarter touchdowns to be all the scoring the team needed. Andrew Schantz threw a touchdown pass to Brady Hein for the first score and Mike Majeski later added a touchdown run. “We had a really good week of practice and it was really nice to bounce back from last week the way we did,” Vista coach Kevin Placek said. “We had a slow start, but once our defense turned it on and got rolling, we shut them down. It was a great comeback after giving up 30 points last week. Offensively, we ran the ball well and passed efficiently. If I had to mention a standout I would say Andrew Columbo on the offensive line and Andrew Muir on defense. They were both phenomenal.” Vista freshman 21, Antelope 0 Ryan Wert threw one touchdown to Tyler Rhee and also ran one in. Michael McMahon also scored a rushing touchdown, while the defense pitched the shutout. The special teams also contributed with excellent efforts from Scott Bellis and Nick Cade, according to coach Lance Moore.