EC Preps

FAST AND FURIOUS VAQUEROS CORRAL THE NORSEMEN

Photo by Don Demars Photography

EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

By Adam Paul

Staff Writer

Rancho San Diego – Homecoming is always a night that is circled on the calendar to mean a game that you believe can win and will win. The El Capitan Vaqueros missed that memo as they spoiled Valhalla’s homecoming with a big victory.

A little adversity hit the Vaqueros early on as their bus encountered some mechanical issues which made the Vaqueros arrive late to Valhalla high. This little hiccup would be the only one endured as El Capitan right away showed they came to play.

VALHALLA AWAITS THE COIN FLIP / PHOTO BY DON DEMARS PHOTOGRAPHY

El Capitan deferred and decided to receive the second half kickoff which meant they would be on defense first. Right away they pressed the Norsemen offense and forced them to a four and out. The Vaqueros would march into Valhalla territory but stalled and would punt the ball away. However a funny thing happened in that Valhalla muffed it and the Vaqueros were able to recover the loose ball to put themselves in excellent field position.

With excellent field position down at the 9-yard line of Valhalla after the recovered fumble the offense for El Capitan came back out onto the field. At quarterback for the Vaqueros was the return of Wick Hauser who hadn’t seen any action since early in the season. On the very first play he was able to find Star Iuli for a 9-yard score to make it 7-0.

YAPHET YOKLEY RUNS FOR SCORE / PHOTO BY DON DEMARS PHOTOGRAPHY

The Norsemen once again went four and out and again had to punt the ball away to the Vaqueros. What happened next really changed the complexity of the game as on the second play Hauser was able to find the returning Yaphet Yokely for the reception and in turn he zagged his way past the defense and found the house for the 54-yard score to make it 14-0.

That would be all the scoring until early in the second quarter when the Vaqueros once again were able to march down the field and punch it in this time on a Antonio Olivieri sneak to make it 21-0. El Capitan again would score another touchdown when Connor Roosa scampered his way to the house to make it 28-0

Offensively the Norsemen couldn’t get much going and again they fumbled the ball and again it was recovered by the Vaqueros in Norsemen territory. However despite the excellent field position the Vaqueros would be held to a 32 yard field goal by Danny Estrada to make it 31-0.

Valhalla would get the ball back but would again be forced to punt but the snap was bad and the punter who didn’t realize he had time to punt was called for setting his knee down which gave the ball to the Vaqueros at the Valhalla 14 yard line. The Vaqueros took advantage as Olivieri found Yokeley for the touchdown pass to extend the lead to 37-0

The offense for Valhalla finally found some life with about two minutes to go in the first half as Bryan Madriz was able to march down the field as he raced for a 50 yard run along with a couple nice runs by Ty Schimke. Just as the clock was about expire and Valhalla on the 3-yard line of El Capitan, Madriz was able to fake and find Joshua McNish-Heider who was wide open in the back of the end zone for the score to make it 37-7 at the break.

The second half was more of the same as the Vaqueros would score in the third and fourth quarters to round out their scoring. The last touchdown came on a Donny Green 3-yard score.

Valhalla would put up their only other score in the fourth quarter when Schimke scored on a 2-yard run.

SCORE: El Capitan 51, Valhalla 14

RECORDS: El Capitan (3-5, 1-2), Valhalla (2-6, 0-3)

PIVOTAL PLAY: The fumble recovery by the Vaqueros on the punt which led to their first score and then their defense held and Wick Hauser found Yokly for a 54 yard TD with 6:45 in the second quarter.

QUOTABLE I: “We struck fast with the bam-bam scores and I believe that really shocked Valhalla putting them on their heels as we led 14-0. The guys got fired up.” said El Capitan Coach Ron Burner

QUOTABLE II: “We came out with a little attitude tonight and this week we talked about how we needed to be nasty and we hit on all cylinders in the first half.” Coach Ron Burner

NOTABLE STATS: The returning Wick Hauser at quarterback for the Vaqueros finished with 144 yards on 11 of 14 and 3 touchdown passes which all came in the first half. Antonio Olivieri came in and threw for another score and ran in a couple more touchdowns. The defense for the Vaqueros forced 2 fumbles and recovered them and also sacked Valhalla 3 times with Isaias Mancilla being involved in every one of them.

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