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Indians Fall To Visiting Eagles

Posted Sunday, September 13, 2009 by Napa Valley Register
Charles Boyett did just about everything for the Napa High football team in its season opener Friday night.

Had the senior quarterback taken just a little zing off two first-half passes, he might have been celebrating a victory over Vista del Lago, too.
But the throws went off his wide-open receivers’ fingertips, leading to two three-and-outs, and Trey Hairabedian ended up leading the visiting Eagles to a 28-20 nonleague win instead.

Boyett accounted for 213 of Napa’s 274 total yards.
He showed his agile, physical running style while rushing for 140 yards and two touchdowns in 27 carries, and improved arm-wise as the game went on, completing 5 of 10 passes for 73 yards and another score. If that wasn’t enough, he returned a kickoff 60 yards to set up a score, and nearly made an interception while playing safety.

The Indians opened the game with an impressive 16-play, 77-yard, penalty-free scoring march. Boyett converted on fourth down twice during the series, first on a 21-yard sweep and then on a 2-yard push up the middle to the Vista 18-yard line. Two plays later, he bulled up the middle from 5 yards out with 4:21 left in the first quarter. On the conversion attempt, Boyett, the holder, took the snap, rolled out and overthrew the receiver, keeping the score 6-0.
A tackle for a loss by Brad Forster forced a quick Eagles punt. But Boyett overthrew tight end Juan Martinez over the middle to force a punt to the Vista 44.

Hairabedian — who rushed 24 times for 166 yards and two scores — covered all 56 yards in three plays, including a 3-yard touchdown with 1:08 left in the opening quarter. Scott Fukui began a 4-for-4 PAT night for a 7-6 lead.

Boyett overthrew Ryan Doerr on the next series, and Boyett’s punt to the Eagles’ 46 led to a six-play scoring drive. Quarterback Anthony Mull (6-of-14 for 91 yards and two scores) capped the series with a well-placed 25-yard scoring toss to Nick Grunsky with 9:57 left in the second quarter.

Napa punted and ran out of downs on its last two drives of the half, leaving the score 14-6. Vista made it 21-6 early in the third quarter on Mull’s 66-yard TD pass to Grunsky.

Boyett finally found his passing touch with a 27-yard scoring toss to Cody Jensen, then ran in the 2-point conversion to make it a 21-14 game midway through the third quarter.

Brandon Andrade’s big stop forced a Vista punt, and Napa followed with an 11-play, 67-yard scoring drive capped by Boyett’s shotgun keeper on the last play of the third quarter. Kenny Logan’s PAT attempt sailed wide, keeping Vista ahead, 21-20.

The Eagles responded with an eight-play scoring drive, finished off by Hairabedian from 5 yards out with 8:45 left in the game.

Fukui’s touchback forced Napa to drive 80 yards to tie the score, but two of Vista’s vaunted defensive linemen, Doug Drakeley and Jordan Schantz, sacked Boyett at the 50. Two incompletions later, Vista took over on downs and ran out the clock.

Napa travels to Merced next Friday night.

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