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Foresthill faces too much firepower against Vacaville Christian

By: Nick Pecoraro
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VACAVILLE– Vacaville Christian simply had too many weapons.

The Wildfires showed some bright spots, but the Falcons responded with too much firepower, handing Foresthill its second loss of the season Friday night, 41-10.

Vacaville Christian (3-1) was led by freshman quarterback Malakai Martinez, who threw a scoring pass, legged a scoring run and returned a kick-six for the Falcons. Junior Tamani Williams also ran for a pair of touchdowns in downing Foresthil (2-2).

“The score was real bad,” said Foresthill coach Steve Collier. “It wasn’t necessarily scheme; it was just execution. We were tackling sloppy, making mental mistakes; we were running the right routes, just making the wrong reads. After watching film, though, there are a lot of positives that you can’t see on the surface.”

One of the positives for the Wildfires was senior Elias Estrada, who provided a spark by returning the second-half opening kickoff more than 70 yards for a touchdown. Estrada also converted the two-point attempt, cutting the deficit to 20-10.

“Elias is one of the few seniors we have,” said Collier. “He’s definitely one of the vocal leaders of the team. Whenever we need a spark or a big play, he’s gotten it done. He’s one of the few players I’d give a positive grade to from last night. He can help in coverage, at wide receiver, at running back; wherever we need him to play, he’s very dynamic.”

Despite Estrada’s charge, Vacaville Christian responded on the very next play as Martinez ran his own kickoff return for a touchdown, re-upping the Falcon lead to 27-10.

“That really took the wind out of our sails,” said Collier.

The Wildfires missed out on an opportunity for a score after driving inside the Falcons’ 5-yard line in the first half. A fumble inside the 5 turned the ball over to Vacaville, but the Wildfire defense picked up the team as Steven Radford forced a safety for Foresthill.

“Instead of seven points, we came away with two,” said Collier.

Collier mentioned that he was pleased with the play of his boys up front.

“Our offensive line did a nice job of finishing plays and driving people,” he said. “There was no quitting, even though we were down by a ton.”

The Wildfires, after a stretch of the early schedule that saw them travel heavy mileage for road games, will enjoy a four-week span where they don’t have to leave the confines of their home field. They will host Hiram Johnson (1-3) next Friday before a Sept. 21 bye and return home for the next two weeks against Western Sierra and Encina Prep to begin Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League play.

“We’ve got to get back to the drawing board – the basics – and really simplify our game plan,” said Collier. “We’ve reached the easy part of the schedule where we’re not traveling 200 miles for each trip. We’ve been waiting for this stretch for quite a while.”