Week 3: San Diego Cavers 53, El Capitan Vaqueros 29
San Diego High freshman running back Amare Ary comes from some pretty good PPR livestock.
Back when Reggie Bush was winning the Silver Pigskin Award as the county’s top player, another running back from Spring Valley – Dwayne Ary – was sharing honors as an All-Grossmont South League running back as a member of the Mount Miguel Matadors, joining the future NFL player from Helix on the honors list.
Ary might have been more valuable for his work on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker for the Matadors that year, but Amare’s dad once rushed for 322 yards on 30 carries in a 37-20 win over El Cajon Valley in 2002. Strangely, on that night, he didn’t reach the end zone.
On Friday night, against the visiting El Capitan Vaqueros, Amare Ary – a freshman running back for the Cavers – scored four touchdowns, including an 80-yard kickoff return and a 65-yard run, propelling San Diego High to a 53-29 win at Balboa Stadium.
It was the 3-0 Cavers’ 14th-straight victory, the longest current winning streak in the section.
Another Caver freshman, Curtis Rogers, hauled in a 46-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dajon Meshack for the first score of the game just four minutes in, as youth couldn’t have been served more adeptly at El Cap’s expense.
The first quarter took nearly an hour and featured 41 points as San Diego led 27-14.
The Vaqueros got first-half touchdowns from Donny Green, a 21-yard scamper that actually gave El Cap a 7-6 lead just five minutes into the game, and Kalen Lavallais, who hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Wick Hauser with two minutes left in the first half.
However, Ary’s return to the house just moments after Green’s score was the Cavers’ second kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Junior Shairohn Ramsey had a 65-yarder in the first quarter to help regain the lead, 14-6. Ramsey grabbed a second score for the final margin early in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard reception from Meshack.
Amare Ary didn’t catch his father big-game total on this night, but one could imagine he may, eventually. He had 150 yards on seven attempts on Friday. He also had touchdown runs from 6 and 14 yards out and had an interception on defense, to really make his pops proud.
Caver junior Mo Jackson followed up Ary’s 55-yard touchdown just 1:27 into the second half with a 55-yard jaunt of his own just 2:28 later to extend San Diego High’s lead to 39-21. Jackson had 186 yards on 14 carries.
El Capitan sophomore Antwone Yokley returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown six-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter, bringing the Vaqueros to within 39-29.
Junior back Taylor Grasmick’s 3-yard touchdown run brought the Vaqueros to within 27-21 at intermission. Junior Mark Hallmark added a sack for El Capitan (0-3).
San Diego High senior lineman Justin Mills left the game in the first half with a possible ligament injury to his right leg. He remained on the Caver sideline on a cart to support his team, however, for the remainder of the game.
The San Diego Cavers are a team with very little to prove. The current state Division 5-A champs are regarded as one of the top teams in the county, ranked 10th in this week’s section power rankings.
Coach Charles James agrees that his program doesn’t need to set standards any longer but is quick to pump the brakes on letting this year’s squad get ahead of itself.
“We’re a very good JV team at best,” quipped James earlier this week as his team prepared to host the El Capitan Vaqueros on Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Cavers lost 22 players to graduation last season on a roster that consists of just 27 players this season.
Still, the Cavers have junior Mo Jackson, who rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the opening game of the season two weeks ago, a 40-0 win over Crawford. Junior receiver Shairohn Ramsey caught seven passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
“Mo is doing a great job assuming part of the leadership role,” James said.
Senior Andrew Peeples had 12 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and two and a half sacks against the Colts. San Diego made 19 stops behind the line of scrimmage against Crawford, including six total sacks.
The El Capitan Vaqueros appear to have a capable offense that can trade points with many teams in the county. The Vaqueros needs to make more stops, however, after allowing 79 total points in their first two games.
Vaquero senior quarterback Wick Hauser passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-41 home loss to the Hilltop Lancers, dropping El Cap to 0-2.
El Capitan junior Kalan Lavallais had three touchdown receptions and over 100 yards receiving for El Capitan, and senior Donny Green had a touchdown running and receiving to finish 166 yards of total offense.
Carson Feil is El Capitan’s captain in the trenches. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior was last week’s inductee into Shack’s Pig Pen. He is being looked at by USD, several Ivy League schools, including Yale, and the United States Military Academy.
Tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday night to see if the young Cavers can keep moving up the charts against the firepower of the Vaqueros.