Eagles mauled by Bruins in loss

By: Jim Ratajczak, The Telegraph
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Less than a week after running roughshod over the Rancho Cordova Lancers, the Vista del Lago varsity Eagles found themselves on the losing end Friday night to Ponderosa High School, 35-7. Both teams exchanged early three-and-outs until the Eagles defense faltered, giving up a touchdown to Bruins running back Lyndell Scarr with 6:09 left in the first. But Vista was able to tie the game minutes later when quarterback Anthony Mull connected with tight end Marques White on a 20 yard touchdown pass, making the score 7-7. The Eagles appeared to gain some momentum early in the second quarter when safety Kalib Smith the Bruins pass from quarterback Casey Friederich for the interception, but the offense went three and out. Ponderosa added another touchdown with 8:20 left in the quarter when Friederich handed off to Joey De Palma. Friederich would add 7 more to the score when he passed for a touchdown with 1:01 left in the second, and the teams headed into the locker rooms, 21-7 at the half. Friederich would hand off to running back Andrew Donegan with 8:50 left in the third. The game’s scoring would conclude a minute later when Friederich handed off to Scarr once more, bringing the score to 35-7. For the Eagles, the game was frustrating on many fronts. Head coach Chris Jones, as well as numerous players, had to constantly yell at the squad on the sidelines to get fired up. But it was to no avail. “We didn’t come out with the same intensity tonight,” said Smith after the game. “We need to have that intensity.” “They’re a good team,” said Jones of his opponent. “I thought we battled well. When the score was 7-0 and we came back to tie it, I thought we were in great shape. Even when they were up 14-7, I thought we had a very good chance.” The offense differed from last week’s, aside from only scoring 7 points, in that the first half wasn’t the Trey Hairabedian Show. Instead, Jones trusted Mull to throw more passes. And although he was picked off two times during the contest, Jones praised his QBs grit. “Part of our game plan was to throw more passes,” he said. “Anthony’s ready to do that. I can’t say enough about him. He picked himself up time and time again.” The Eagles take the field next Saturday at McClatchy. JV at a glance The junior varsity Eagles suffered the same fate as their varsity counterparts, losing to Pondo 48-0. “I’ve got to give it up to Pondo,” said head coach John Hardwick. “They’re a good team.” While Hardwick noted the team was without two key players, Sam Davies and Alex McElroy, he didn’t use that as an excuse. “We just came out flat,” he said. To prepare for next week’s game, Hardwick said he plans to “work on discipline” and fixing the little things.