“We played a tough game last week against Bonita Vista, but we came out and made some changes offensively. I think the final scoreboard indicates of that,” Vista High coach Dan Williams said. “Our kids responded to the challenge, and I was excited about that. We put it on our O-line tonight, and they did a great job.”
Vista continued to the run the ball, and the game plan was extremely effective against the visiting Wildcats (1-1). The Panthers (1-1) only punted once, and that was with 31 seconds left to play in the third quarter. The score was 61-7 in favor of the Panthers at that time.
The Panthers used nine different running backs. Cesar Mariscal had the most touches, 11 carries for 68 yards and two TDs. Donovan Pati carried the ball twice for two TDs. Vista sophomore Nick Stormo didn’t have a touch until the second half, but he still managed to rush for 107 yards and a TD on nine carries. Vista quarterback J.T. Trevino III threw the ball only once, a 5-yard pass to Zach Morel. The senior quarterback rushed for 71 yards.
It was an impressive victory over the Wildcats, who came into the game as the 10th ranked team out the CIF Southern Section Inland Division. Last week, Paloma Valley defeated J.W. North High School 34-0 in its first game of the season.
“When the dam breaks, it breaks,” Paloma Valley coach Bert Esposito said. “They came out physical and strong, and our kids did not respond well. We are not as bad as we indicated tonight, but tonight we played like that. If you can’t stop the run, you’re not going to win very many games.”
Vista’s offense was impressive, but its defense held steadfast. It forced four turnovers, three interceptions and one fumble recovery.
“We pride ourselves in how we play defense here,” Williams said. “Our defense plays really well. It’s consistent.”
Paloma Valley…0….7…0…0 – 7
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