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LANCERS WIN SHOOTOUT THRILLER OVER VAQUEROS

2019 EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

HILLTOP 47, EL CAPITAN 41

LAKESIDE (8-30-19) – In what ended up being over a 3-hour contest the visiting Hilltop Lancers (2-0) behind a last defensive stand outlasted the El Capitan Vaqueros (0-2) on Friday night.

Early on the Lancers got on the board first when Jeremiah Serrano punched in a short touchdown run to give them a 6-0 lead.

The Vaqueros would jump right back and take the lead when Wick Hauser found Kalen Lavallais on an 8-yard screen pass to make it 7-6 late in the second quarter. Hilltop with about a minute remaining in the half answered with another Serrano touchdown to retake the lead 13-7.

El Capitan took the remaining time left in the half and was able to capitalize utilizing their quick scoring abilities. They marched down the field and just before the half Hauser found Lavallais again for a 12-yard slant down the middle and a 14-13 lead at intermission.

Both teams went into the locker room and the crowd that was of decent size on both sides thought they were going to see more of the same defensive battle. Little did anyone know.

In the third quarter fireworks of the offensive variety exploded.

Both teams would combine for 48 points and seven touchdowns. For the Vaqueros, it was Donny Green who would score twice and his mate Lavallais scored another touchdown.

Trailing 21-13 the Lancers knew they still had life as the week before they put up high numbers against the Cougars of Escondido. Once again the Lancers answered as Serrano raced his way to the house for 65-yards after getting blocking to pull within 21-19 as the two-point conversion failed.

This brought the Lancer faithful to their feet and cheering loudly but the momentum would be short-lived as the Vaqueros would lightning strike offensively thanks to Green hauling in a Hauser pass and racing all the way home for a 50-yard score.


Just like a heavyweight fight, the Lancers answered back to pull within 28-26 when Abraham Avila found his way through the line for a 30-yard touchdown.

El Capitan punched back as once again Hauser connected with Lavallais for a 66-yard touchdown to extend the lead 34-26.

Hilltop would actually have to wait to score but they would eventually as they methodically worked the clock and a few minutes later Javin Deanda found the endzone on a 15-yard keeper and with the 2-point conversion the contest was now knotted all up at 34-34.

After a defensive stop and with about a minute left still in the third quarter the Lancers would take their first lead of the evening as Deanda connected with Marko Aki who raced his way all the way to the house for the 94-yard touchdown and a 41-34 lead.

This is the way the third quarter would end with the Lancers heading into the final quarter with the seven-point lead.

Now trailing the Vaqueros behind their general went to work. Unfazed they would get the ball at the 49-yard line where Hauser would do his thing and move the chains. He was able to elude the defense of the Lancers for a 36-yard run which would set up a couple of plays later his own number and punch in to tie the game at 41-41.

Still, a lot of time left in the game it looked like another third-quarter situation with a lot of scoring as the Lancers would go back on offense.

Hilltop would march down the field and with just under eight minutes remaining in the contest would eventually punch it in thanks to Deanda who scampered in from 8-yards out.

The extra point failed but now the Lancers led 47-41.

El Capitan went back out and actually marched down the field and was driving and despite a couple of opportunities to move the chains couldn’t convert.

The Lancers forced a fourth and manageable distance for the Vaqueros who needed to convert keep their drive alive. However, the defense of the Lancers came up huge and stopped the Vaqueros short of converting thus taking over on downs.

Hilltop keeled in victory formation and came away with the huge victory.

With both teams in Division III, the win by the Lancers was a big one as they could possibly see each other in the playoffs.

On the night Hauser threw for 280-yards and 4 touchdowns and Lavallais hauled in 3 scores and 4 receptions for 106 yards, Green caught 3 balls for 109 yards and a score and ran for 57 yards and another score.

Serrano for the Lancers would rack up 254 total yards on the night in the big victory.

“It was such an amazing game on both sides and we came up big when it counted and made things happen which was huge.” Said Lancers Head Coach Drew Westling afterward when asked about the game itself.

Next week the Lancer will host San Ysidro while the Vaqueros will travel to Balboa Stadium to take on another Divisional opponent in the San Diego Cavers.

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