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LAKESIDE – In front of a jam-packed home crowd, the El Capitan Vaqueros (3-6) were able to get back on track and also stay in the playoff hunt while the Valhalla Norsemen (0-9) unfortunately stayed winless.

It wasn’t for a lack of trying on the part of Valhalla as they evenly played the Vaqueros in the first quarter as the score was knotted at 7-7. The Vaqueros would get on the board first as the gunslinger Wick Hauser would hit Yaphet Yokley on a 64 touchdown pass to give them the early lead.

However, Valhalla would match the score when Keegan Baker who had a big night himself on the ground would tie the game with a 23-yard scamper just before the end of the first quarter.

The Vaqueros though would regain the lead as Yokley would take the handoff from Hauser and find his way to the end zone for a 10-yard score only a few seconds into the second quarter to put them ahead 14-7. After the defense came up with a stop the Vaqueros offense again would put more points on the board as again it was the Hauser to Yokley connection for 48-yards to extend the lead 21-7.

Despite trailing the Norsemen didn’t go away as they were able to move the ball down the field and would cut the Vaqueros to a one-score deficit thanks to a 34-yard run by Baker to make it 21-14 with a little over nine and a half minutes remaining in the first half.  The Vaqueros would again extend their lead thanks to a John Case 1-yard score. Valhalla tried to move the ball on offense and unfortunately, Austin Baker of the Vaqueros would step in front of a pass and pick it off.  The Vaqueros would elect to run the clock out and lead at the intermission 28-14.

The second half started off the wrong foot for the Vaqueros as Yokley only a few seconds into it would go down with an apparent leg injury and wouldn’t return the rest of the contest. Both teams would score in the third quarter with Baker scoring his third touchdown of the contest after setting up the score with a 70-yard scamper and Hauser for the Vaqueros hitting Nathan Schunk for a 38-yard score.

Hauser on the night passed for 212 yards on 7-of-12 passing and also 4 touchdowns while his top target Yokley caught 2 balls for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns, Schunk caught 2 balls for 52 yards.

For Valhalla, the bright spot was Baker who set a brand new school record for rushing yards as he ran for 362 yards and had almost 400 all-purpose yards on the night to go with his 3 touchdowns. The previous record was set by Garen Demry back in 2005 against the Hoover Cardinal as he scorched them for 289 yards that night. On the night Baker averaged 12.48 yards per carry.

Next week the Norsemen finish up the regular season at home against the Granite Hills Eagles while the Vaqueros travel to La Mesa to take on the Grossmont Foothillers.

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