Vanden High football team dominate Windsor in Northern California bowl game – The Vacaville Reporter

WINDSOR – Vanden High School will still be connected to Travis Air Force Base – the US facility in Fairfield.

The Vikings reportedly made the military proud on Friday as their jets flew over the field against Windsor in a 56-28 triumph in the Division 3 – AA championship football game in Sonoma County. Vanden will play for a state championship next Saturday against Aquinas de San Bernardino.

Vanden (12-2) turned a 14-7 lead into a 35-7 halftime advantage in minutes in the second quarter against the Jaguars (11-2), the champion of the North Coast section. .

Junior quarterback Tre Dimes was 12 for 20 for 252 yards and five touchdowns and the Vikings’ defense was excellent all night, putting pressure on Jaguars star quarterback Chase Vehmeyer.

Vanden junior defensive end Orion Null was particularly troublesome for Vehmeyer, sacking him four times. As a team, the Vikings caught the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage seven times.

“We were trying to be faster than their linemen,” Null said. “We worked on the packaging. We’re a fast line and we’ve got a bunch of guns and we just worked to be faster than them.

Vanden High linebacker Orion Null (40) sacked Windsor High quarterback Chase Vehmeyer (3) in the first quarter of the Vikings’ NorCal Bowl victory on Friday in Windsor. Null led the defense with four sacks in the game. (Joel Rosenbaum / The Reporter)

Even when Windsor scored twice in the third quarter to reduce the lead to 14 points, Vanden responded with a 31-yard touchdown from running back Sean Davis to extend the lead to 42-21. The Vikings converted a fourth and two keys to the disc.

“It’s been a huge change in momentum,” said Vanden head coach Sean Murphy. “(Windsor) came out and made huge adjustments. Our guys were playing hard, but (Windsor) are a great team, but we knew it was going to be a battle all along.

Vanden set the tone for the game in his first practice of the game as Dimes threw an accurate pass to senior Jamai East, who burned his defenseman for a 64-yard touchdown with 10:49 left in the first quarter. The Vikings missed the PAT and settled for a 6-0 lead.

The game calmed down from there as both teams traded punts for the remainder of the quarter. Vanden, however, struck again with 7:24 left in the second quarter when Dimes found Amarion York over midfield for a 16-yard touchdown. The Vikings completed the two-point conversion for the 14-0 lead.

“We spread the ball,” said York, who scored two touchdowns. “You can’t protect all of our wide receivers. ”

Windsor responded immediately by reducing the lead to 14-7 with a 12-play, 65-yard practice, culminating with a Vehmeyer one-yard dive on fourth and goal.

Dimes wasted no time recovering his team like the first drive game that followed, as he fell back into the pocket and delivered a 68-yard touchdown to Belk to extend the lead to 21-7.

Much like he did last week against Merced, East was back on defense, picking up a pass from Vehmeyer and sending it 45 yards from the end zone to stun the Jaguars. Vanden has three interception returns for touchdowns in the past two weeks.

“I pay tribute to my defensive staff and to my coach (Larry) Hogue, our defensive coordinator,” said Murphy. “We open up every practice for our defensive guys with turnover drills. ”

Vanden almost had another pick of six in Windsor’s very next practice as Kyren Jackson-Davis knocked out Vehmeyer and returned the ball into the end zone. However, a block in the back negated the score. Despite the minor setback, Vanden still scored from the drive as Dimes threw a perfect 22-yard touchdown at York in the end zone to extend the lead to 35-7 with 33 seconds left.

Windsor was tough to face at times, but Davis finally broke through with his aforementioned 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left in the third quarter. He came to a field on the left.

“I saw the light of day,” Davis said. “I saw the reduction.”

Windsor scored on a 5-yard touchdown run from Damian Escarcega with 7:24 left in the fourth quarter to lead 42-28, but it was a costly ride as he chewed over 4 minutes off the clock.

On Windsor’s next possession, Vanden linebacker Erick Diez sacked Vehmeyer and the Vikings recovered the ball at Windsor’s 17-yard line. On the next game, Davis took over and ran into the end zone for the win.

For good measure, Dimes joined Belk for a 21-yard touchdown with 3:49 left for the game’s final score.

Vehmeyer finished with 124 passing yards and 81 more rushing yards. Escarcega, the talented running back and wide receiver from Windsor, had 103 rushing yards but it took 27 carries. He made two touchdowns.

“Our whole defense has improved week to week over the season,” said Murphy. “They played for Daniel Hughes and they play with a lot of emotion.”

Hughes, a popular security and wide receiver, was shot and killed last April. His presence always inspires his teammates and coaches.

It’s been a year for Vanden, who won his first Sac-Joaquin sectional championship since 1995 and now has his first Northern California banner in school history.

“It’s amazing,” Davis said. “We haven’t finished yet. We still have a week left. ”

The state title match could take place in Vanden or at a nearby venue in the region. Yes, the jets are returning to Solano County.

The score

Vanden 56, Windsor 28

Next match: December 11 vs. Thomas Aquinas: 6 p.m.

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