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VAQUEROS LASSO PATRIOTS IN CONVINCING FASHION

Photo Courtesy of T. Ryan Photography

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

EL CAPITAN 41, PATRICK HENRY 3

LAKESIDE – After playing one of the more tougher schedules in all of San Diego the Vaqueros can finally put a “W” on the board.

The Vaqueros finally came together and showed how good they can be as they finally put a whole game together and got it rolling early as they stopped the Patriots on the first drive of the game. El Capitan took over after the Patriots punted away and moved down the field.

Offensively the Vaqueros were able to move the ball as Wick Hauser found his receivers and the run game was able to zigzag through the holes made by the offensive line. A couple plays in the Vaqueros found themselves at the Patrick Henry 39-yard line when Hauser was able to find Yaphet Yokley who hauled in the short pass and zipped his way through the Patriots defense all the way to the house for the score to give El Capitan a 7-0 lead.

Both teams stalled on the offensive side of the ball the rest of the quarter and it wouldn’t be until the defense came up big as Rene Ponce stepped in front of a Patriots pass and ran it back for the pick-6 to extend the lead 14-0 with seconds remaining in the first quarter.

El Capitan on the defensive side of the ball really stepped up and was able to control the Patriots on the offensive side and again forced another punt. Like before the Vaqueros offense took advantage of what was being given to them and moved down the field with prowess all the way down to the 4-yard line where Tyler Smith would take the handoff and punch it in for the score with 8:52 remaining in the second quarter and the Vaqueros leading 21-0.

Trailing by three scores the Patriots knew they had to get some points on the board and they were finally able to move the ball a little bit. They would move the ball down to the twenty six yard line of the Vaqueros before the drive would stall and would have to settle for the field goal from 43-yards which was good.

The three points temporarily gave the Patriots a small ounce of momentum but that would be snatched from their claws as Yokley would field the kickoff and take it back to the house for a 95 yard score to give the Vaqueros a 28-3 lead. They would extend their lead more as Hauser would find Nathan Schunk for 19 yards to end the first half.

El Capitan would receive the second half kickoff and go right back to business as they had ended the first half. They were able to work their way to midfield when Hauser again found his favorite target Yokely for a 50-yard score to give the Vaqueros a 41-3 lead.

On the night, Hauser threw for 156 yards on 10 of 17 attempts and 3 touchdowns along with the one interception. Yokely would finish with 192 yards of total offense and three touchdowns including 5 catches for 97 yards and two scores.

Rushing wise the Vaqueros were able to gain 211 yards in which Donny Green led with 60 yards on 4 carries.

Next week the Vaqueros have a bye before traveling into Santee to take on the West Hills Wolf Pack.

 

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