Explosive Vacaville outlasts Napa in second half
BY: MARTY JAMES/NAPA VALLEY REGISTER
VACAVILLE - Napa High School’s offense was prolific in the first half, scoring 42 points on
six touchdowns and playing turnover-free football.
The second half was a different story, however, for Napa.
After going ahead 42-35 at halftime and taking a three-point lead at 45-42 late in the third
quarter, the Indians had troubles on both sides of the ball and dropped a 63-45 decision to
Vacaville in a shootout at Tom Zunino Stadium.
Napa (4-4 overall, 1-2 Monticello Empire League) will need to win out in remaining regular
season games against Armijo on Nov. 1 and Vintage on Nov. 8 to lock up a spot in the CIF
Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
The loss was the second in a row for the Indians.
It was all Vacaville (5-3 overall, 3-0 MEL), the four-time defending league champion, in
the second half.
The Bulldogs outscored the Indians 28-3, getting a 3-yard touchdown run from David
Mewborn, an 80-yard TD pass from Chad Hekking to Mewborn on the final play of the third
quarter, a 56-yard scoring run from Damonte Moore, and Mewborn’s 40-yard run.
Napa’s only points of the second half came on Julio DeHaro’s 21-yard field goal with four
seconds to go in the third period.
Luke Kampton ran for 117 yards and scored three touchdowns. Derek Poteet rushed for
130 yards and scored two touchdowns, sparking a Napa team that stunned Vacaville early on.
David Mewborn rushed for 265 yards and scored five touchdowns. Mewborn also caught
a TD pass.
Kyle Beaver threw for 180 yards and one touchdown for Napa.
In one of the highest scoring first halves of football in recent years, Napa and Vacaville
combined for 70 second-quarter points. Napa had the lead at halftime, 42-35, scoring six
touchdowns and generating 229 yards of rushing offense and 169 yards passing.
It was an incredible display of high powered offenses, led by big-time playmakers
outrunning defenses in the open field.
Napa scored on six of its nine possessions in the opening half.
Just a week ago, Napa could not get its running game going. Friday night, the Indians ran
the ball as well as they have all year behind an offensive line that was physical and aggressive.
Kampton ran 49 yards for Napa’s first touchdown. This was followed by a scoring parade,
as Poteet scored on a 78-yard run, Kampton’s 2-yard run, Poteet’s 27-yard run, Kampton’s
33-yard run, and Austin Aaron’s 65-yard pass from Beaver.
Napa punted just twice and did not turn the ball over in the first half.
Vacaville did not have nearly as many plays in the first half, but the Bulldogs were sensational,
scoring fast and furiously on big plays.
David Mewborn scored on a 75-yard run, Daniel Mewborn scored on a 51-yard run, David
Mewborn had a 33-yard TD run, David Mewborn went 80 yards for a TD, and Daniel Mewborn
scored on a 76-yard pass from Hekking.
Vacaville had 282 yards rushing and 132 yards passing in the first half.
Kampton intercepted a pass for Napa – the only turnover of the first half.
Vacaville came into the game No. 20 in the MaxPreps.com Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25 and
on the bubble in the CalHiSports.com Division I North CIF Bowl Rankings.
Speaking before the game, Napa coach Troy Mott said the Indians had an up and down week
“We had moments, and then were moments of inconsistency, which has been the M.O. of our
team thus far,” he said. “A couple of great things and then we sort of lose focus very easily.
Nothing special. When there is teaching going on, we may be talking specifically to one person,
but we’re talking to his backups as well. We tell the kids that when we’re coaching a particular
position on the field, we’re actually coaching everybody. They need to be in tune to that. That’s
not always getting done.”
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