STOCKTON — The Weston Ranch Cougars are somewhat familiar with Edison given their proximity.
But even they were stunned by the speed, elusiveness and efficiency unleashed Friday by the Vikings at Magnasco Stadium.
Edison (1-0) trounced south Stockton rival Weston Ranch in the non-league affair, 77-13.
“We have to play better football,” said Cougars coach Seth Davis. “Edison played well. Edison was coached well.”
Led by sophomore quarterback Davis Reya-Ruiz, the Vikings also scored on nearly all of their offensive possessions. Reya-Ruiz threw for five touchdowns, completing 13 of his 16 passes for 402 yards. Senior wide receiver Hassani Zackery was the beneficiary, reeling in four TDs while catching six passes for 243 yards.
Weston Ranch (0-2) hadn’t settled in on this muggy evening, trailing 21-0 in the first six minutes.
Edison scored on its opening possession, with Zackery being on the receiving end of a Reya-Ruiz scoring pass.
The Cougars botched up their first drive, getting pinned down deep in their own territory due to the first of four crucial fumbles.
The Vikings came away with great field position. Moments later, Jordan Whatley scored on a short run.
Edison then got the ball back on an interception. Reya-Ruiz and Zackery connected on a 70-yard scoring play.
The Vikings made it 28-0 towards the end of the first quarter on Whatley’s short burst to the end zone.
By the time Weston Ranch got on the scoreboard, Edison was already sitting on a comfortable 35-0 lead.
Whatley’s third TD of the game came on the first play of the second quarter.
The Cougars displayed their quick-strike capabilities as quarterback Amier Bowen delivered a 70-yard scoring bomb to Larry Fairbanks.Vidal Garcia’s extra-point kick made it a 35-7 game.
The Cougars’ long first half got even worse as the Vikings were quick to cash in on three fumbles just before the half.
The final straw was the one scooped up by Steven Hampton, who rambled 79 yards for the touchdown.
Edison led 56-7 at the half — this resulted in a running clock for the duration of the game.
Bowen led the Cougars, connecting on 11 of his 19 tosses for 187 yards and a pair of TDs. He also picked up 108 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Weston Ranch is scheduled to host Bear Creek next week.
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