Vista Jr. Eagles vs. Jesuit Jr. Marauders
Vista 40, Jesuit 0
The only plundering at the Jr. Marauders home field on Saturday was by the Vista Jr. Peewees, as they shut out Jesuit, 40-0. The Eagles started the scoring in the first half with a 27-yard pass from Jacoby More to Trenton Kaestner that got the Eagles within three yards of the end zone. Gio Righini finished the series with a run for the touchdown. Righini didn’t stop there, immediately recovering the kickoff and then followed up with a 45-yard touchdown run through the defense much like a cannon ball tearing through a pirate ship. The Jr. Eagles got the extra points with a pass from Jacoby More to Trenton Kaestner. The Eagles were up 20-0 at the end of the half. The third quarter started with the offensive line of Jacob Angelsey, Adam Hendy, Everett Watkins, and Carlo Romero keeping the Jr. Marauders at bay, allowing the Jr. Eagles Jacoby More to score on a 56-yard touchdown run. Any fight the Jr. Marauders had left in them was squashed by a seven-yard sack by Gavin Aubrey followed by strong defensive tackles by Austin Wolfe and Jacob Angelsey. When the final horn sounded, the Jr. Eagles had rolled up more than 300 yards of offense, and the Jr. Eagles’ defense held the Jr. Marauders to less than 75 yards of total offense.
Jesuit 12, Vista 6
The Vista Eagles dropped a close game this week, as they faced Jesuit on the road. Vista got the running game going early behind running back Jack Cromwell, putting the Eagles in scoring position in the first quarter. Vista struck first when quarterback Landon Burgess scored on a keeper to give the lead to Vista at 6-0. After tying the game Jesuit was able to take the lead in the third quarter.
Defensive lineman Lucas Hromanik was exceptional with several thunderous tackles in the backfield, and defensive backs A.J. Rhigini and Kyle Cromwell were outstanding in limiting the chances of a very potent Jesuit passing attack. However, the Marauders were able to hang on to the victory by a score of 12-6.
Vista 22, Jesuit 16
The Jr. Midgets came out Saturday afternoon looking for their fourth straight win. Vista wasted no time getting points on the board. On their first possession, the Vista offensive line, led by Brandon Nazworth, Ethan Jones, Russel Stevens, Andrew Powers, and Jack Tate, were pushing hard making lanes for Drew Ewey to slash his way down deep into Marauder territory. The hard running by Ewey set up a 10- yard touchdown strike from Johnny Koett to Camden King for the first score. Nico Biagetti was automatic, as usual, with his PAT, putting Vista out front 8-0 early in the first quarter. Jesuit answered with a long TD pass and two-point conversion to knot the score at 8-8 by the end of the first quarter. The Eagles’ offense was busy with great receptions by King, Jasen Womack, Will Anderson, and Matthew Werpy. The second score of the came late in the second quarter when Koett hooked up with Womack on a quick out and amazing run after catch. The defense was key to the Eagles’ win Saturday. Nazworth and Jones dominated the attack up front, shutting down a potent Jesuit veer offensive scheme. King, Jaxsen Werpy, Luke Lundbeck, Jack Canteleme, and Koett kept Jesuit in check going into half with their swarming attack on Jesuits runners. Jaxsen Werpy’s two interceptions allowed the Eagles’ offense to get back to work. Late in the third, Koett hooked up with Ewey for the Eagles third score. The Eagles’ defense in the second half was second to none. The boys put pressure on the Jesuit run game, forcing them to go to the air to catch up. Late in the fourth, Lundbeck had a huge interception in Eagle territory, stopping Jesuit’s attempt to tie the game. The Eagles’ offense went out late in the fourth with a quick three and out. It was up to the defense to hold strong and secure the win. The Jesuit offense came out with some trickery, trying to pull off the old “hook and ladder.” The Eagles read it like a book, forcing Jesuit to go to the air. Jaxsen Werpy stepped up on the last series of game with sticky tight coverage of the Marauder receivers, denying any completions or first down conversions. Werpy’s last stand forced Jesuit out and led Vista to their fourth straight win. Notables on defense were King with multiple tackles, Koett with three tackles and one sack, big Brandon Nazworth , Ethan Jones, Womack, Ewey, Lundbeck, and Canteleme all with key tackles. Once again the Jr. Midget family came away with a win. Our boys in blue and white soar back to Folsom next week to face Rosemont with playoff rank at stake. Saturday’s game at Livermore Park promises to be a great one.
Jesuit 36, Vista 14
In a game of two 6-0 teams with the regular-season league title on the line, the Jr. Eagles were defeated by Jesuit, 36-14. The loss for the Jr. Eagle Class of 2023 was the first in almost two years, their last loss coming on Oct. 22, 2016 when Obama was still in the White House. With the win, Jesuit secures the first seed in the playoffs, which start Oct. 27. Despite 323 yards of offense on 53 snaps from scrimmage and 20 first downs, the Jr. Eagles were their own worst enemies with five turnovers in their nine possessions and key penalties on critical plays. Four interceptions and a fumble put the Jr. Eagles defense in tough spots over and over throughout the day. Defensively, the Jr. Eagles did a great job against the vaunted Jesuit running attack, but had key pass defense breakdowns giving up three touchdowns through the air. The Jr. Eagles will go back to work on Monday, learning from this film to prepare for a critical week eight game on Saturday at home against the Jr. Wolverines from Rosemont. That game will be for the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.