Vista Jr. Eagles vs. Rosemont
Rosemont 30, Vista 0
The Vista Jr. Peewees had their hands full Saturday battling the No. 1 ranked Rosemont Jr. Wolverines, a team that has yet to be scored on this season. The Jr. Peewees came out strong in the first quarter with quarterback Jacoby More leading the team in rushing, but were unable to get a touchdown. Key tackles by Chase Elmer, Gio Righini and Gavin Aubrey kept the Wolverine pack out of the end zone in the first quarter. The Wolverines were ready to run back to the den when Trenton Kaestner picked off a pass in the second quarter, but they answered right back picking off a Vista Jr. Peewee pass. The Vista Jr. Peewees were down 18-0 at the half. The third quarter brought more trouble for the Jr. Peewees with two more touchdowns by the Jr. Wolverines, and a score of 30-0 at the end of the third. The Jr. Peewees were determined to score on the Wolverines in the fourth quarter with a 15-yard first-down pass from Jacoby More to Trenton Kaestner, but the Jr. Peewees just could not get there. Chase Elmer and Jacob Angelsey led the team in tackles in the fourth quarter to keep the Wolverines from scoring. Although the Jr. Peewees were unable to score, the team definitely made the Jr. Wolverines and den moms nervous with some good competition.
Rosemont 25, Vista 18
The Vista Jr. Eagles rose to the occasion, as they faced the undefeated Rosemont Jr. Wolverines Saturday, playing their best game of the year. Early in the game, the defensive line was outstanding with Samir Spikes and Lucas Garcia making plays in the backfield. Spikes recovered a fumble after a big hit to the Wolverine’s ball carrier and moments later, the Eagles’ offensive line opened just enough room for running back Jack Cromwell to sneak into the end zone and take the lead with a 28-yard touchdown run. Rosemont was able to take the lead in the second half, but the combination of quarterback Justen Womack and wideout Jack Granrud were deadly in their two hook-ups for passing touchdowns. However, the story of the game was more about the Eagles’ play collectively than any individual. The Eagles gave themselves a chance right up until the final whistle. Eagles Head Coach Bill Anderson commented on the team’s play, "Our players had the best game of the year and put up 18 points against a tough Rosemont team that previously let up only six points total over seven games. Our outstanding coaching staff was very proud of their tremendous effort and enthusiasm." The Jr. Eagles close out the regular season next week against St. Mary’s.
Vista 24, Rosemont 14
The Jr. Midgets came out Saturday with one thing in mind: another win. The Eagles had heart, were disciplined, and played as a family and as a team. Saturday’s game was a tough fought battle that found the boys in blue and white on top once again. In the absence of Matt Long, the Jr. Midgets have come together and meshed, making sure every team in the league understands that they’re the real deal. Vista’s first score of the game came from a run setup from Drew Ewey, who slashed and dashed all day long through the Rosemont defensive front, setting up the air assault for Johnny Koett. Koett hooked up with Matt Werpy to the land of quick six, followed by a two-point PAT by Nico “Automatic” Biagetti. Rosemont answered right back with a touchdown of its own to knot the score at eight. The Eagles’ defense steadfast in keeping Rosemont’s running game in check. Brandon Nazworth, Ethan Jones, Ewey, and Josiah Ramos made a wall in the middle giving Rosemont nowhere to run but the edges. There was no answer there either. Logan Murray and Tyler McHenry pinched the edges with key stops and tackles. With nowhere to run, Rosemont was forced to go to air. Again the Eagles were ready for whatever was coming their way. Stellar secondary play by the Eagles’ secondary, led by Camden King, Jack Cantelme, Jaxsen Werpy, Will Anderson, and Tyler Bolyard, allowed only three Rosemont completions. Anderson had a key interception, and Bolyard stacked up three lone tackles. The dominant defense gave the potent offense more time to go to work. In the middle of the third quarter, Koett hooked up with King for a TD for the second week in a row. The Eagles were not done. Due to the strong defensive efforts, the offense had another opportunity to score to help seal the deal. Early in the fourth, with their backs up against the wall on their own two-yard line, Koett went deep to Biagetti for a 94-yard TD pass and run after catch ensued by a successful two-point PAT. With four minutes left in the game, the defense came through once again to hold Rosemont’s offense to a three-and-out to give Vista a fifth-straight victory. The Jr. Midgets head into a bye week next week before seeing Rosemont in the first round of playoffs at Rosemont’s house. Saturday was another great win. Truly a team effort filled with heart, discipline, and brotherhood. Notables on offense were Jasen Womack with some key runs and great receptions. Will Anderson with a great acrobatic catch and great free safety play. Tyler McHenry had great containment from the end. King once again lived up to his name playing royal defense in the Eagles’ secondary. Good luck heading into playoffs boys!
Vista 40, Rosemont 0
Playing their last game at Livermore Park, the 14-and-under Jr. Eagles put together their most complete game of the year against a visiting Jr. Wolverine team from Rosemont. Rosemont was looking for a win to secure the fourth and final playoff spot. Several Jr. Eagles have been coming to learn character, commitment, courage, and community on that field since 2012 and 2013. From a touchdown on the opening drive to a 67-yard touchdown pass just four minutes into the third quarter to make the score 40-0, the Jr. Eagles dominated a team that had only given up an average of 21 points per game through six games. Scoring four times through the air, the Jr. Eagles amassed 290 total yards of offense in just over a half on only 28 snaps from scrimmage. The defense was also stellar, holding the Jr. Wolverines to under 100 yards of total offense and taking the ball away twice with interceptions. The signature play on defense was a 75-yard interception and reservation for six in the end zone. Special teams worked hard all week, preparing for the unexpected from a team desperate to get a playoff spot. From recovering the opening onside kick attempt, pinning the Jr. Wolverines inside their 25 four times on kick-off cover, and converting all five point after attempts, the Jr. Eagles completed the tri-fecta in the film room with outstanding play in the kicking game. The win secures the Jr. Eagles a 7-1 regular season and the No. 2 seed in the SYF Division 2 playoffs which begin October 27.