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RECORD SETTING NIGHT AS PATRIOTS WIN OFFENSIVE SHOOTOUT

2019 EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

PATRICK HENRY 60, EL CAPITAN 52

LAKESIDE (9-13-19) – On a night when there were a lot of points were put up around the county it was no different out at Lakeside as a basketball game broke out on Friday evening.

Not only was it football night out in Lakeside but it was also Military appreciation night and beforehand the military was saluted.

Concluding the flag ceremony was the singing of the National Anthem by El Capitan Alumnus Patrick Trampus who also played football for the Vaqueros and currently fronts the Patrick Howard Trampus Band locally in San Diego.

After the great rendition of the National Anthem by Patrick Trampus the game fireworks began as Omar Hammond hauled in a 35-yard pass from Matthew Castillo and with the 2-point conversion made it 8-0.

Shortly after the score by the Patriots the Vaqueros would come back and answer as Wick Hauser found the house from 13-yards out to pull within 8-6.

But the Patriots answered right back as Cameron Stoklosa grabbed a pass from Castillo and ran it in from 49-yards out to extend the lead to 14-6 after the two-point conversion.

The fireworks were just beginning on the night and before it was all said and done operators of the scoreboard indicated they were worried that the scoreboard would run out of numbers.

Donnie Green of the Vaqueros would pull them within 16-14 after rumbling his way through the Patriots defense for 54-yards.

After a defensive stop by the Vaqueros, Green would later run in a 19-yarder to give them their first lead of the game at 20-14 with about three minutes remaining in the first quarter. But the lead and momentum didn’t last as Castillo would find Luke Carrillo-Batson for a 34-yard score which made it 22-20.

In the second quarter along both teams would combine for 35 points while in the entire first half they would combine for 87 total points.

At intermission, Patrick Henry would lead El Capitan by a score of 54-33.

After some adjustments, the Vaqueros came out in the second half and struck first as Taylor Grasmick mashed his way down the field for a 14-yard score and they would add another score when Hauser found an opening down the sideline all the way to the house for the score to pull within 53-45.

El Capitan would eventually make it a two-point contest after another touchdown which made it 54-52.

El Capitan thought they were going to get the ball back as the defense was doing the job against the Patriots but unfortunately, a roughing the passer penalty cost them an automatic first down. Patrick Henry would take advantage and push across another score to extend their lead 60-52 after Elijah Lux found the end zone.

The Vaqueros had an opportunity to possibly tie the game but unfortunately, the offense would fumble the ball and the Patriots would recover.

El Capitan as a team ran for 385 yards led by Green who ran for 224 yards and 2 scores while Hauser scored three times and ran for 108 yards.

Hauser on the night passed for 136 yards on 10-of-16 passing.

Amazingly enough the combined score of 112 points by both teams set a new combined scoring record for the East County breaking the previous record of 103 points set by Helix vs Monte Vista when the Highlanders won 71-32 back in November of 2002. The combined score also places it as the sixth-highest total in CIF San Diego Section history.

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