Posted: August 25, 2012 - 8:39pm
Damien blows out Vacaville, moves to 3-0
Damien RB Kyle Sato attempts to break free from the grasp of Vacaville Christian Ivan Cox-Boone. Sylvia Lee | Special to SL
HALAWA - The rushing attack of the Monarchs overwhelms the visiting Falcons of Vacaville Christian Friday afternoon. The 78-0 shutout win for Damien gives them a 3-0 record going into the season.
Vacaville Christian, who finished with a record of 7-5 last season, is visiting from northern California for the St. Louis Football Invitational at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
"We're just real happy and excited about the win," said Damien coach Eddie Klaneski. "I'm real happy about doing what we did."
The first score of the day came after a Vacaville Christian fumble on their opening play of their first drive. The fumble set up a 29 yard run for running back Kyle Sato. The 5'10 senior took a toss on the Monarchs first play from scrimmage to the end zone, stiff arming Falcon defenders on his way.
"I give the glory to my offensive line," said Sato. "I just run the ball."
Sato would finish the game with five carries for 81 yards averaging 16.2 yards per carry. The Damien running back would also score two more touchdowns, giving him three on the day. His second score would come again in the first quarter. Sato would slice and dice his way through the Falcon defense for 17 yards. His final score would come at the 10:10 mark of the third quarter. Sato would take another toss for a score, this time going for 5 yards.
"Very amazed of what our team can do," said Sato. "I'm just so happy our team can put it together and pull of a very satisfying win."
"He's a real humble kid," said Klaneski. ""We try to give him the ball and he just runs the ball hard."
The rush of the Monarchs didn't stop with Sato. Another feature back for Damien put a phenomenal performance as well against the visitors from California. Trevor Caspillo would help add to the blowout win, rushing for 142 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.
"Trevor is more of our scat back, quick guy," said Klaneski. "He makes guys miss."
Caspillo would get his first score in the third quarter for 9 yards. His score would come with 3:32 to go until the fourth. The junior running back would get score again on the following drive. A hand off straight up the middle to Caspillo would give him a 13 yard touchdown at the 1:15 mark.
"I don't know what happened but our guys got motivated. I guess they read some things in the paper," said Klaneski. "They could not wait to play this game. They played above and beyond what they usually do."
Not to be outdone by his running backs, Syles Choy decided to get in on the scoring action. The junior quarterback would finish the night 6 for 11 with three touchdowns (one rush). The first score for Choy came with about a minute to go in the first quarter. That rushing touchdown went for 12 yards.
His second score came at the 6:40 mark of the second quarter. A pitch and catch connected with junior receiver Dylan Flores for a nine yard touchdown. His final score of the game came in the second quarter again. Connecting with senior tight-end Cullen Forburger for 44 yards; Forburger broke three tackles before finding his way to the end zone.
"I'm happy," said Choy. "We did pretty good, I think we can still do better."
The Monarchs were clicking on all sides of the ball including special teams, acquiring two scores in that dimension of the game. A punt return in the third quarter for 44 yards by junior Jameson White and a safety caused by a bad snap in the fourth helped add to the lead of the Monarchs. White's score would come with 22 seconds left before the half, Breaking tackles and navigating his way through the defenders. The safety came early in the fourth. A bad snap, going over the head of the Falcons punter, sailed into the end zone and caused the safety.
Damien would hold a shutout on defense and tack on a 26 yard run for a score from junior Leeland Lauti as well as a interception to the house from sophomore Kana'i Picanco.
August 25, 2012
Damien RB Trevor Caspillo carries the ball against Vacaville Christian. Eugene Tanner | SL
Vacaville Christian QB Tyler Allen gets set to make a throw against Damien. Sylvia Lee | Special to SL
Damien RB Leeland Lauti scampers in for a fourth quarter TD against Vacaville Christian. Sylvia Lee | Special to SL