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PATRIOTS CLAIM BIG WIN ON OPENING NIGHT

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2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

CHRISTIAN 41, EL CAPITAN 6

Early on things looked like they would be a slugfest as both teams went back and forth but it would be the Vaqueros who would make the first mistake of the contest as they muffed a punt which was recovered by Bryce Riepl of the Patriots near midfield.

Christian would drive down the field after the miscue by the Vaqueros and it would be Riepl who would do the honors of giving the Patriots a 6-0 lead as he found his way for a 9-yard scamper score.

They would extend their lead to 12-0 after new quarterback Owen Easley was able to punch one in from short yardage.

Christian would tack on more in the second quarter as Javier Jimenez would take a toss play and find his way to the house for a 15-yarder and Easley tacked on the 2-point conversion to make it 20-0. On the night, Jimenez would run for 81 yards to lead the way.

Easley who took over as the starter this season finished with 152 yards passing as he went 12-of-20.

“To win next week we need to come out and execute better and not have as many mistakes overall,” Easley said.

At the intermission, the Patriots would lead the Vaqueros by a score of 26-0.

The Vaqueros would finally get on the board in the third quarter as Wick Hauser found Yaphet Yokley who zipped his way to the house for a 57-yard score. On the night the Vaqueros would finish with 148 yards passing.

The score by Yokley brought some cheers from the Vaquero faithful but on the ensuing kickoff Jimenez for the Patriots would field the kickoff and zip his way through defenders and make his way for the 88-yard score.

Besides the kickoff score, he would also finish with six catches for 90 yards on the evening.

Riepl also had a pick for the Patriots and he would have a long return in the final period.

On the other side for El Capitan, Senior Rudolfo “Rudy” Medina had this say about the game “This was their first game and there is always room for improvement, with practice he knows his team will come together.”

Next week, El Capitan will face Mater Dei Catholic, while Christian will be traveling up the California coast to play King’s Academy, of Sunnyvale

 

 

 

 

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