The Madison Warhawks, fresh off of a championship run in 2016, looked to defend their title in 2017. Their season got off to a fast start, as they defeated the El Capitan Vaqueros 47-18 behind big offensive plays and a solid defensive showing.
Madison got off to a rapid pace, as Ke’ontae Springs would return a punt 57 yards all the way to the end zone. Springs would later on have rushing touchdowns of 26 and 81 yards, while fellow running back Kenan Christon would add two touchdowns of his own, including one for 93 yards. Not to be forgotten is quarterback Mario Alves, who contributed to the victory by throwing two touchdowns to Daniel Stokes and another to Roland White. El Capitan’s offense was unable to find early rhythm, as quarterback Wick Hauser was constantly pestered by Madison’s defensive line, which saw sacks from Cesar Nillaga and Demanuel Taluati. The second half saw the Vaqueros rally and put points on the board, as Hauser was able to find wide receiver Star Iuli for a touchdown pass. The Vaqueros defense held strong despite giving up some big plays and were led by senior defensive back Chase Lovato. Lovato was able to pick up a fumble early in the game and also had two interceptions, including one off an errant pass by Alves which he rushed back for a touchdown. El Capitan was able to add another touchdown in the fourth quarter, yet Madison held fast the rest of the way, and the Vaqueros comeback was snuffed out as the clock run zero.
El Capitan is on the road next week, as they try to shake off their loss in a game against Mater Dei Catholic, while Madison will look to start a winning streak as they square off with Steele Canyon.
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PREVIEW: This Friday night, the El Capitan Vaqueros will open up their season on their home turf as they square off with the Madison Warhawks. Both teams are hoping for a hot start to the season and El Capitan will be looking to get some payback against Madison, as the Warhawks defeated them 44-7 to open up the 2015 season.
El Capitan head coach Ron Burner is eager to lead his team to another playoff series after their loss to the Bonita Vista Barons, and his squad certainly have the pieces to accomplish this goal. Standing at 6 feet tall is returning quarterback Wick Hauser, a sophomore who won the starting job midseason last year as a freshman, as he leads an offense with senior tight end Antonio Olivieri and junior wide receiver Yaphet Yokley ready to make plays at the receiving end. The Vaqueros’ strength figures to be on defense, with senior Chris Mcdonough returning after a stellar season. He will be joined by senior defensive tackle Cameron Phillips and seniors Chase and Chance Lovato, twin brothers who both play at the defensive back position.
Madison head coach Rick Jackson has lost some key starters for his team, but nevertheless fields a dangerous group who are looking to defend their title as state division champion after their thrilling 21-17 victory over San Jose Valley Christian. Quarterback Terrel Carter has left and is currently competing for playing time at San Jose State, while Erick Buchanan heads up north to begin his college career with Sacramento State. Coach Jackson has decided to implement a two quarterback system for this game, and look for junior Daniel Stokes and sophomore Mario Alves to each take reps behind the center. Senior Jake Pelot returns from the championship team as he figures to be a key player at wide receiver. Senior linebacker Chris Fatilua and junior defensive tackle Noah Saulo will be the leaders of a physical Warhawk defense.
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