Week 4: Patrick Henry Patriots 60, El Capitan Vaqueros 52
What a nailbiter at El Capitan High School on Friday night. The Patrick Henry Patriots defeated the El Capitan Vaqueros, 60-52, claiming their second victory in a row.
The first half of this game turned fans heads from end zone to end zone, shocking the scoreboard with a total of 87 points.
After a phenomenal showing in Week 3, Omar Hammond, of Patrick Henry, continues to help his team and run up the scoreboard, taking the first touchdown of the game. For the cherry on the top, Raymond Bernard ran the ball for a two-point conversion.
Eager for a win, senior quarterback Wick Hauser, of El Capitan, answered back with a 13-yard run for a touchdown.
Minutes later, Cameron Stoklosa made a jumping catch to extend the Patriots lead to 14-6.
As the scoreboard continued to rack up numbers in the first quarter, the Vaqueros fell behind. It was not until Savigon Yokley, of the Vaqueros, ran the ball 19 yards for a touchdown and El Capitan was in the lead, 20-16.
That lead was quickly snatched back by Matthew Castillo, of the Patriots, 22-20.
The second quarter continued to load the scoreboard with a total of 35 points.
With the score 32-20, El Capitan was in need of some points to close the gap.
Colby Gregg, of El Capitan, gave his team what they needed after an interception, fumble, and a run for the end zone. The score was now, 32-26, Patrick Henry.
Uncomfortable with their six-point lead, Bryce Johnson, of Patrick Henry, answered back with a jumping catch in the back corner of the end zone for an amazing touchdown.
By halftime, the score was 54-33, Patriots.
Fired up out the gates, Taylor Grasmick, of El Capitan, made a dashing 14-yard run down the middle for a touchdown.
Shortly after, Hauser ran the ball down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown.
Motivated, Hauser ran the ball 11 yards for another touchdown.
With three back-to-back touchdowns, the once 21-point game became a two-point game, 54-52, Patrick Henry.
But that was not enough.
The Patriots wanted to secure a two-game winning streak. To secure the win, Elijaih Lux, of Patrick Henry, ran the ball for a touchdown making the score, 60-52.
Trying to get a two-point conversion and touchdown to get their first win, the Vaqueros fumbled the ball with under two minutes left, turning the ball over to the Patriots.
After a long-fought battle, the Patrick Henry Patriots beat the El Capitan Vaqueros.
Tune in next week to KUSI at 11 p.m. to see if Patrick Henry can claim a three-game winning streak against Bonita Vista and if El Capitan can get their first win against their rivals, West Hills.
This Friday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., two teams will clash and fight for a win under the El Captain High Friday Night Lights. Who will take the spotlight, the El Capitan Vaqueros or the Patrick Henry Patriots?
While last week proved to be a remarkable comeback for the Patriots against Monte Vista, 39-36, while the Vaqueros struggled to secure a win for the third time this season in a 53-29 loss at San Diego.
Statistically, Patrick Henry has a better record of 2-1 than El Capitan’s 0-3. However, with it only being Week 4 of the varsity football season, El Capitan has plenty of time to reconstruct its numbers to be more appealing to the eye.
With both teams having high-scoring games, it is appropriate to forecast that both teams will charge up the scoreboard and have the fans looking from one end zone to the next.
After being selected as the Patrick Henry’s Week 3 Football Players of the Game, Raymond Bernard, Omar Hammond, and Luke Carrillo-Batson are eager to lead their team to another victory.
Can Bernard make another game-ending interception? Can Hammond make another game-changing juggling catch at the 1-yard line? And, can Carrillo-Batson make more clean catches and bulldoze his way through the Vaqueros defense to create scoring opportunities for Patrick Henry?
For the El Capitan Vaqueros, can Wick Hauser throw another 25-yard touchdown pass? Can Antwone Yokley return another interception 42-yards for a touchdown? Can Taylor Grasmick and Donny Green navigate through the Patriots for more touchdown runs? And, can Carson Feil protect his quarterback and create space for his team?
Who will take home the victory?
A lot of unanswered questions. Tune into KUSI at 11 p.m. on Friday for all the answers and more. Make sure to follow us @RedJacketArmy for live updates.