Napa High drops tough one at Vacaville
BY MARTY JAMES: NAPA REGISTER
VACAVILLE — Napa High School showed tremendous heart and character after falling behind early in Friday
night’s Monticello Empire League opener.
The Indians were down 21-0, but they made a run at Vacaville, twice coming within seven points, but lost
to the defending MEL champion Bulldogs, 35-21, at Tom Zunino Stadium.
“We just couldn’t find a rhythm on offense early on,” said Napa coach Troy Mott. “We couldn’t find
ourselves. Eventually we did. We played well on the offensive side of the ball. But we got a slow start
The loss was the second in a row for Napa (3-3 overall), which now needs to win out to keep its CIF
Sac-Joaquin Section playoff hopes alive.
On its final possession of the first half, Napa moved 68 yards in 13 plays, with Zack Scheinholz taking
a pitch from quarterback Zack Sims and scoring on a 1-yard sweep with three seconds to go. Napa trailed
21-7 at halftime.
Napa scored on its first possession of the second half, with Scheinholz running 21 yards for a touchdown
to cut Vacaville’s lead to 21-14.
David Hunt’s 16-yard TD run for Napa closed the gap to 28-21 with 11:39 to go, but Napa turned the ball over
on a fumble with 5:06 to go.
Terrance Trueblood scored from 31 yards and Curtis Goins ran 1 yard for a TD to account for Vacaville’s
Scheinholz led Napa with 118 yards rushing. Melvin Mason had 127 yards rushing and Goins had 78 for
Vacaville, which has won four in a row.
Vacaville (5-1 overall), ranked in three polls, took a 21-7 lead, scoring on three of its five possessions in
the first half.
Mason’s 3-yard touchdown run with 6:33 to go in the first quarter capped a drive of 66 yards on Vacaville’s
first possession of the game.
One of the key plays was Mason’s 10-yard run on fourth and 5.
Vacaville came right back on its next possession as Goins made a one-handed catch on a pass from
Colemen Christensen and turned it into a a 31-yard touchdown with 2:33 to go in the first period. The
score capped a march of 69 yards in seven plays.
Napa’s defense stiffened, forcing Vacaville to punt.
The Indians finally started to show some signs of life, driving from their 9-yard line to their 46. But the
drive stalled and Napa had to punt.
Vacaville went ahead 21-0, as Mason scored on a 5-yard run with 2:45 to go in the first half, capping a
drive of 64 yards in nine plays.
Napa punted four times in the first half, but was hurt by six penalties. The Indians were held to 110 yards
n the first half.
Vacaville had 215 yards of total offense in the first half.
Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104) televised the game on a taped basis. It will be shown tonight
at 7 p.m.