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Next up for Eagles, Casa Roble

Posted Sunday, September 13, 2009 by Folsom Telegraph
Next up for Eagles, Casa Roble
by Matt Long

Vista del Lago was impressive in a 28-20 win over Napa on Friday. They will likely have to be even better to beat Casa Roble this week.

The Rams are coming off a perfect 13-0 season in which the team won the Division III section championship. They started off this year with a 23-7 win over Woodcreek on Friday.

“It will be another tough test, but that’s where we want to be,” Vista coach Chris Jones said. “We will have our hands full. They are spread-oriented and have a couple of good weapons.”

The Eagles will enter the game with two things they likely didn’t have much of last year: confidence and a chip on their shoulder. The confidence comes from the big win over Napa, while the chip on their shoulder comes from the 43-6 beating the Rams handed the Eagles a season ago.

Behind great blocking from the offensive line, a few on-target passes by quarterback Anthony Mull, an outstanding performance from running back Trey Hairabedian and solid defense, the Eagles picked up the biggest win in school history against the Indians, a Division I playoff team from a year ago, who knocked the Folsom Bulldogs out of the playoffs in the first round.

Hairabedian had a superb performance, scoring a pair of touchdowns, including the final score on a 5-yard run with 8:45 to play in the game, which put Vista up 28-20. Hairabedian finished the game with 133 yards rushing on 22 carries. Mull completed 7 of 16 passes for 155 yards, throwing a pair of touchdown passes to Nick Grunsky, who caught five passes for 126 yards.

“The most important thing for us is that we grew up as a program tonight in the second half,” Jones told his team after the win. “The thing I liked the best was that we got a stop when we needed it in the fourth quarter and we got a first down when we needed it and that’s quality stuff right there.”

Napa’s quarterback Charles Boyett, who also ran the ball most of the time, punted and returned kicks and punts, did all he could to lead his team to a win, scoring two touchdowns, throwing another and adding a 2-point conversion to boot, but the Eagles stopped him and the Napa offense with 2:35 to play in the game when Caleb Gottschalk broke up a fourth-down pass as the Indians were driving for a potential score.

The big stop came on the heels of a 5-yard touchdown run by Hairabedian, which gave the Eagles an 8-point cushion after the Indians had cut a 21-6 lead to 21-20 with two third quarter touchdowns.

“It’s a huge win for us,” Hairabedian said as the team stretched afterwards. “We just persevered and didn’t let up. We were confident going into the game, as we really grew as a team in the offseason. “

Another key to the big win was the outstanding crowd support by the Vista faithful. Many took a bus trip down to the game and loudly cheered on the team throughout the night.

“It was just awesome,” Jones said of the fan support. “They took a bus trip and made a day of it, and it was neat that they were here for the junior varsity game as well. It’s a huge deal for our program.”


Junior Varsity wins 21-7

Aaron Young threw a pair of touchdown passes to Ryan Rodriguez and Andrew Willetts and Seth Sobotka scored another on a run, as the Eagles started the year with a win.

“For a first game, I thought we executed the game plan pretty well,” junior varsity coach Darren Jonutz said. “We wanted to hit their quarterback on every opportunity and get the ball out of his hands and offensively, we wanted to spread them out and take advantage of that space.”


Frosh win 28-18

Vista dominated on both sides of the ball, controlling the trenches with their offensive and defensive lines.

Quarterback Justin Moore led the offense, throwing for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns, a 60-yarder to Harry Kozlowski and another to Chris Cooper. The ground attack was solid as well, as Anish Sharma and Austin Eberle combined for more than 80 yards.

The defense faced a tough running attack by Napa. The Eagles aggressive defense forced several fumbles, returning two for touchdowns, one by Sharma and the other by Brandon Kim.

“I’m extremely proud of the boys, having to go on the road for their first game and coming away with a solid performance against a good football team,” Coach Lance Moore said.



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