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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 tonight.” 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 second-half scoring. 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.