Vista Grande coach Carlo Hernandez had no illusions about Friday night’s home game against unbeaten Williams Field.
“We would have had to play our best just to be in the game,” Hernandez said. “We were outmanned. You just can’t sugarcoat it. They are a darn good football team.”
The Black Hawks scored on all six first-half possessions and then eased off the gas pedal in a 42-0 win over the Spartans. If it was any consolation, Williams Field coach Steve Campbell felt his team played better against Vista Grande than it had a week earlier when the Black Hawks scored 75 points against Apache Junction.
“I was pretty happy with our first-half execution,” Campbell said. “We were better than last week. We were cleaner and didn’t make as many mistakes.”
Williams Field (8-0) set the tone for the game on its first possession. On the second play from scrimmage, Sean Schweichler raced 37 yards for a touchdown.
And the rout was on it. On the Black Hawks' fifth play, Ray Velasquez took a pitch around left end for a 10-yard TD. On their 14th play, Jeddediah Fagg connected with Jared Johnson on a 2-yard scoring play.
And there was still 3:20 remaining in the opening quarter.
“They have playmakers,” Hernandez said. “They just execute and play hard. They were easily the best team we have faced.”
When Schweichler scored on a 57-yard run with 4:30 left in the first half, the Black Hawks had all their points. A running clock was implemented, and Williams Field got most of the 75 players on its roster into the game.
It wasn’t just offense that boosted the Black Hawks. The defense was so effective that when Ethan Powell ran for 15 yards on Vista Grande’s first play from scrimmage in the second quarter, the Spartans (1-7) finally got on the plus-side of total yardage. It was already 28-0 at that juncture. One play later, Powell was injured and exited the game.
By halftime, Williams Field had 317 of its 415 total yards. Schweichler’s night was finished, but not before the senior had rushed five times for 163 yards and three touchdowns.
Velasquez joined Schweichler over the century mark in the third quarter. With the Black Hawks pinned at their own 5 after an effective Matt Leija punt, Velasquez burst through the line for a 72-yard run. He carried three more times, giving Williams Field a first-and-goal at the VG 1. Velasquez tried to finish the drive but fumbled as he attempted to reach across the goal line, and Leo Lopez recovered for the Spartans.
Velasquez finished with 11 carries for 141 yards.
Vista Grande finished with 128 total yards, getting 89 of them in the second half. Leija rushed nine times for 63 yards. The Spartans were plagued by three turnovers at the end of a fall-break week in which the practice schedule was hardly optimal.
“It was an interesting week,” Hernandez said. “Our execution wasn’t great.”
Vista Grande has its final home game of the season next Friday, when it hosts Rio Rico for homecoming and Senior Night.