When it comes to a rivalry game, anything can happen.
And on the first few drives of Friday’s 4A football showdown between rivals Vista Ridge and Pine Creek, it looked as though the Wolves had a chance to slow the reigning state champs.
But the Eagles weren’t going to let go of a four-year winning streak against Vista Ridge without a fight and went on to win, 26-0.
The Vista Ridge (2-2) defense focused on David Moore III early and stuffed the Eagles at the line of scrimmage on their first drive, forcing them to punt. But after a quick 3-and-out by Vista Ridge, all eyes were back on Moore — which meant wide receiver Wyatt Wieland was free.
Wieland pulled down a perfect screen pass and broke two tackles with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter to set the Pine Creek (4-0) offense up in the red zone. And quick 8-yard punch by Moore got the Eagles on the board.
“You have to have short term memory with that sort of thing,” Moore said. “We couldn’t let them get in our heads and we had to play our game. The only thing that could have beat us is if they got into our heads too much.”
Cornerback Xavier Hill went to work on the defensive side of the ball pulling down two interceptions for the Eagles, thwarting any sort of Vista Ridge offensive momentum.
His first was a beauty. The Wolves went for it on a fourth-and-7 play on their own 24 when pressure moved quarterback Rowan Neal to the outside. Neal threw it into double coverage, and Hill swooped in out of nowhere to pull down the interception.
“We don’t want to put the pressure on him that he has to win the game with his arm,” Vista Ridge coach Jerimi Calip said. “He’s a young quarterback so we assume some mistakes were going to be made, but next week we will have some running backs back that will help take the pressure off him.”
His second of the night was less dramatic, but set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Eagle QB JC Coulter to take a 16-0 lead at
Moore capped off his performance with his second touchdown of the night, and eighth of the year with a 10-yard rush with less than a minute left to play.
“You know our defense came in and did what they were supposed to do,” Calip said. “Moore has been killing everybody and I think he had under 100 yards today and that means our defense came and did their job.”