Vaqueros vanquish Lancers to stay unbeaten on season

Photo by Phillip Brents

El Capitan High School’s football team appears firmly back on the San Diego Section radar after topping the visiting Hilltop Lancers, 42-0, with a Military Appreciation Night non-league victory Aug. 26 in Lakeside.

The Vaqueros stormed to their second consecutive victory to kick off the 2021 fall season — fifth straight dating to the shortened 2021 spring season — in recording the shutout win over the winless Lancers (0-2).

“It was a great night and a great game before us,” said El Capitan head coach Ron Burner, whose team has racked up 86 points in two games to start the new season. “Savigon Yokely (senior quarterback) had four touchdowns and now nine in our two games. Defense had our first shutout since 2014’s Southern California championship.”

Yokley remained the focal point of the Vaq attack by scoring three rushing touchdowns and passing for another in the team’s latest win.

Yokley now has rushed for five touchdowns and passed for four scores in the opening two weeks of the 2021-22 season. He’s also caught a touchdown pass.

Yokley scored on a five-yard run to stake the hosts to an early 7-0 lead. He later scored on a 62-yard jaunt to hike the score to 14-0 before senior running back Daisean Desinor scored on a 32-yard run to extend the lead to 21-0.

Savigon Yokley completed scoring in the opening half by tossing a 21-yard touchdown pass to his twin brother Antwone.

The Vaqueros scored six touchdowns in the game. Yokley, who rushed for 146 yards and passed for 112 yards, scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter to collect his third rushing TD while senior defensive end Alex Fa’aea scored on a 62-yard fumble return.

Antwone Yokley amassed 68 receiving yards in the win.

Senior kicker Colton Dietrich made all six extra-point conversions for the victors, who are scheduled to host Coronado in a non-league matchup on Friday.

The Islanders (1-1) picked up their first win of the season, 13-7, over visiting Sweetwater, 13-7, last Friday. “It was a great team win (over Hilltop); now it’s onto building our game plan for Coronado,” Burner said.