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CRUSADERS USE BIG THIRD QUARTER TO PROCURE VICTORY

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

MATER DEI CATHOLIC 32, EL CAPITAN 6

CHULA VISTA (8-23-19) – Last season when these two squads met the Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders eeked out a 37-35 victory over the El Capitan Vaqueros.

This season the El Capitan Vaqueros (0-1) looked to reverse their fortunes but the Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders (1-0) would use a big third quarter to pull away on Friday night.

Neither team offensively could get anything going as the game would see itself scoreless the entire first half. That is to say, however, that there, not any scoring opportunities.

The Vaqueros would have a wonderful opportunity just before the end of the first half to put points on the board. They would find themselves with first and goal inside the 3-yard line just before the half. Unfortunately, they couldn’t punch the ball in as the Crusaders defense came up big with three consecutive stops.

Mater Dei Catholic in the second half would finally put the points on the board when Trevor Appelman found Raymond Romero for 57-yards and the end zone to make it 6-0. These two would hook up again when Romero hauled in a 10-yarder to extend the lead to 13-0.

El Capitan finally would get on the board when Wick Hauser with a little over four minutes left in the third quarter found Sean Dickson for the 2-yard score to make it 13-6.

Unfortunately for the Vaqueros that would be the closest, they would get as the Crusaders tacked on 13 more points to take a 26-6 lead after three-quarters of play.

On the night for the Vaqueros, Hauser finished with one touchdown pass and 115 yards in the air and a total of 150 yards. Running wise the Vaqueros were led by Donny Green who ran for 100 yards including a 73-yarder.

For the Crusaders, Appelman passed for 4 scores and 200 yards on the night as he collected this in the third quarter.

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