Vacaville dominates Vintage in MEL opener
BY: ANDY WILCOX/NAPA VALLEY REGISTER
VACAVILLE - A magnificent Homecoming halftime fireworks show seemed redundant after the
fireworks displayed by the Vacaville High School football team’s wing-T offense in the first half
of Friday night’s 49-13 victory over Vintage.
Though stymied by the Crushers’ talented and fired-up defense on their first three drives of the
Monticello Empire League opener at Tom Zunino Stadium, the Bulldogs scored on six of their
next seven possessions to grab a 42-7 halftime lead.
Vintage (2-4 overall), missing top-scoring running back Joe Cavagnaro on offense because he
was ill most of the week, managed only 99 total yards in the first half. Sophomore quarterback
Jared Horn had a tipped pass intercepted and also lost a fumbled snap.
But Vacaville (3-3), trying to end a three-game skid, also struggled out of the gates, punting
on its first two possessions — the first time when a 41-yard gain by senior speedster David
Mewborn was followed by a fumble and 4-yard loss, the second thanks to a first-down sack by
Dylan Ray forced a fumble that Vintage recovered during the Bulldogs’ third drive at the
Vacaville 43. But Horn was intercepted two plays later. Three plays after that, Mewborn swept
untouched behind a pulling guard for a 44-yard touchdown run.
Vintage gave the ball back on a fumbled snap, and junior Damonte Moore scored on a 40-yard
scamper for a 14-0 lead in the final seconds of the first quarter.
The Crushers weren’t out of it yet, though.
After a 31-yard pass from Horn to Eric Lum to the 25, Victor Montanez broke a tackle on a
25-yard touchdown run to cap a 65-yard, five-play drive. Jesus Rios-Vargas added the PAT to
make it 14-7 with 10:35 left in the half.
But Vacaville junior Kane Cunningham snatched the momentum right back by returning the
ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a score.
A 27-yard catch by Caleb Tremblay on the first play of Vintage’s ensuing drive put it in
Bulldogs territory. The Crushers had to punt again, but Trenton Bresee’s kick pinned Vacaville
at its own 5. A tackle for a loss by Ray Arredondo helped force a three-and-out, and Montanez
took off on the next play for 19 yards to the Bulldogs’ 34.
But again Vintage was forced to punt. Two plays later, an 81-yard touchdown from junior
quarterback Chad Hekking to Moore made it 28-7.
While Vintage was unable to get another first down in the half, Vacaville’s Daniel Mewborn
broke off a 27-yard TD run and twin David Mewborn added a 40-yard scoring catch from
Hekking, who was 4 of 9 for 135 yards in the first half. David Mewborn had six carries for 97
yards before halftime.
Senior Tanner Donaldson caught a 29-yard TD pass early in the third quarter, and Alberto
Escobedo capped his 7-for-7 PAT night for a 49-7 lead.
With a running clock in the fourth quarter due to the 35-points-or-more margin, Nick LoCicero
caught a 13-yard TD pass from Horn with four minutes left to ice the scoring.
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