When Isaiah Gordon galloped into the end zone for East Union’s first touchdown, it was a good play.
And when Eddie Daube picked off Tanner Pruett’s pass on Orestimba’s ensuing drive, one could have said the same thing.
But something strange happened Friday night at Dino Cunial Field, not just for the Lancers, but for any high school football team playing only its second game of the season – those good plays never stopped coming.
Victor Lopez steamrolled his way between the tackles for massive gain after massive gain. Taariq Davis sliced through open space like a pinball off bumpers. And Daube and the East Union secondary, still stinging from Grace Davis quarterback Zach Magana’s air attack last week, seemed to pick off Pruett at will.
What resulted was a healthy 63-14 thrashing of the Warriors, playing without dynamic running back Steven Machado (hamstring).
“It felt amazing because the offensive line has been working so hard so we can just go pound-for-pound and just run the ball right up the middle,” Lopez said. “The tempo of the offense made all of the difference. When we saw our quarterback take it to the house, that got everybody fired up and we went from there.
“It feels good to be here right now.”
Lopez finished the game with 169 yards on only 13 carries. He scored twice, and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter that he returned 60 yards for another touchdown.
In all, the Lancers used nine ball carriers and only passed the ball once – racking up 399 yards on the ground thanks to Lopez and the shifty Davis, who did his damage with 126 yards and his own pair of scores.
“It’s feels good, but we’ve still got a whole lot of good teams on our schedule to play this year,” head coach Willie Herrera said. “But we’ve worked hard for the last three years, and we needed a win like that to see what we’re trying to do here. It’s a little bit of validation, but it’s going to take a lot more hard work and believing in the process.
“I’ll take ’em any way we can get ’em, but it’s nice for us to get a big one for once.”