Vacaville High School football team loses 45-34 shootout with Deer Valley BY: MATT MILLER/Vacaville Reporter
VACAVILLE — Twelve touchdowns, costly fumbles, big yardage and a field goal from 37 yards out that sailed another 20 with a stiff breeze behind it.  Vacaville and Deer Valley high schools featured plenty of points and more on Friday night at Tom Zunino Stadium. In the end, the visiting Wolverines cam away with a 45-34 victory over the Bulldogs in the final tuneup for both schools before the start of league play.  Vacaville’s defense made a big fourth-down stop midway through the fourth quarter and took over first-and-10 at the 23 yard line with 6:48 to play. Trailing 38-34, the opportunity was there to drive for the go-ahead touchdown. Instead, the Bulldogs ran six plays to midfield before a fumble ended the drive at their own 47.  Deer Valley then went 10 plays and faked a field goal for a 5-yard touchdown run by elusive quarterback Nsimba Webster with just seconds remaining. The extra point by Christian  Quintanilla made the final tally.  “We just had too many mistakes,” said quarterback Justin Milander. “They just killed us and took away our momentum. Our defense did a pretty good job keeping us in the game. We’ll  work things out in practice and get better as a team.”  Vacaville ran for 365 yards and had five rushing touchdowns. Only 25 yards came in the air. David Mewborn had a 19-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Connor Kanellis went six yards for a score in the second and Damonte Moore had a 5-yard TD run before halftime.  Daniel Mewborn added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Kane Cunningham had a 22-yard scoring dash in the fourth quarter. Alberto Escobedo converted four of five extra points.  David Mewborn was the Bulldog’s leading rusher with 15 carries for 131 yards. Cunningham  was next in line with 70 yards on nine carries. Milander finished 4-for-6 passing in his first extensive action of the season.  Webster completed 11 of 14 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown pass for Deer Valley, and had another rushing TD. He made long completions on the run, often with Bulldogs all around him. The Wolverines also had 211 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns.  Kyle McDonald rushed for 84 yards on 15 carries for Deer Valley, including two touchdowns.  Jeff Robinson had nine carries for 81 yards and the longest run of the night, a 66-yard dash in the first quarter.  Quintanilla had the 37-yard field goal in the second quarter for Deer Valley. With a strong wind behind him, he might have made the kick from 50 yards or more.  On defense, Moore had a big fumble recovery that thwarted one Deer Valley drive. Jeramy Sweany also had a big sack of Webster.  Vacaville never led. Deer Valley went up 14-0 early in the first quarter and led 24-21 at halftime. The Wolverines led 38-28 going into the final period.  “That was good football all the way around,” Vacaville head coach Mike Papadopoulus said. “We had a couple of mistakes here, but they have some amazing athletes and did a great job.” Deer Valley 45 Vacaville 34
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