By Adam Stites/Garden Grove Journal
It was a measure of how far Bolsa Grande’s football program has come that the Matadors were tied at halftime with heavily-favored Rancho Alamitos in the Garden Grove League opener last Friday for both teams.
But it’s also a measure of how good the Vaqueros might be as they broke open a 6-6 deadlock with 27 unanswered points in the second half to earn a 33-6 victory in their homecoming game.
The Vaqueros, led by the performance of senior running back and defensive back Brett Hurley, improved their record to 5-1 and dropped the Bolsa Grande record to 2-4.
“It just means we’re in first place after week one,” said head coach Mike Enright. “You’re either in first or you’re in last after the first game so it’s important to get off to a good start.”
Hurley proved to be the difference maker, recording 238 yards rushing for three touchdowns, two receptions for 21 yards, an interception and a fumble recovery. “Brett’s a work horse,” said Enright. “He loves to carry the ball and we’re going to give it to him.”
However, it was the Matadors that found themselves on the scoreboard first, after quarterback Jake Flores connected with Justin Nguyen for a 40 yard reception and touchdown. Following a failed extra point attempt, BGHS led 6-0.
The Vaqueros quickly retaliated with a touchdown of their own as Hurley ran into the end zone from nine yards out, but a blocked extra point attempt left the game tied. Bolsa Grande was plagued by mistakes throughout the remainder of the game and was unable to score again.
A 29-yard field goal attempt went wide right on the ensuing possession and a fumble on the Rancho Alamitos 10 yard line late in the second quarter spoiled another scoring opportunity.
The Vaqueros jumped out to a lead in the second half with a 20 yard touchdown pass from Lincoln Faletoi to Michael Mireles, but another failed extra point attempt kept the score close. On the ensuing kickoff, Rancho was able to recover a Bolsa fumble and retain possession.
The Vaqs made the best of the opportunity as Hurley scored his second touchdown of the game with a 28-yard touchdown down the right sideline. Another rushing touchdown from Hurley in the fourth quarter and a rushing touchdown from Kevin Duquet put the game out of the reach of the Matadors.
“I love good competition and Bolsa Grande is just gonna get better,” said Enright. “I’m glad we got them first, because I’ll tell you what, they’re going to beat somebody along the way here.”
Rancho Alamitos next plays La Quinta on Thursday (tonight) at Garden Grove Stadium, while Bolsa Grande hosts Los Amigos on Friday.