It was a feel good night for the Vipers all around. With a 56-3 win over Leander, the Vipers clinched their 2nd straight District 13 Championship and have run their District undefeated streak to 15 games. The Vipers have now won 19 straight regular season games. While it was Senior night for the Lions, it felt like Senior Night for the Vipers. All of our Seniors who have dedicated so much to the Viper program since Pop Warner, got into the game for meaningful playing time.
The Vipers got the ball first and showcased the explosive capabilities of their offense. Senior WR Trey Mongauzy opened the game with a 20 yard gain on a shuffle pass. On the next play, QB Dru Dawson threw a perfect dime to Trey Mongauzy for a 50 yard TD. The Vipers thwarted the Lions on their first drive and took over after a short punt at the Lion 43 yard line. The Vipers opened up their playbook with a lateral pass from Dru Dawson to QB Ryan Back who then threw downfield to a wide open Trey Mongauzy for another score. Early in the 1st Quarter, the Vipers led 14-0. On their next possession, the Lions marched down the field all the way to the Viper 4 yard line. That would be as far as they would get as several penalties derailed their drive and the Lions had to settle for a 39 Yard FG to bring the score to 14-3. On the Vipers next drive, they kept the offense humming with a 78 yard drive culminating with a 4 yard TD run by RB Nathan Andrade. For Andrade, that was his first TD of his Varsity career. The Vipers now led 21-3 in the 2nd quarter. After trading punts and a missed 51 yard FG attempt by the Lions, the potent Viper offense took the field. This time the Vipers marched 66 yards and once again found pay dirt with a perfectly executed play and pass from Dru Dawson to TE Pearson Segina. Segina hauled in the 3 yard Dawson pass for his 1st Varsity reception and TD. The Vipers now led 28-3. With less than a minute to go in the 1st half, Leander attempted a pass and LB Jax McCauley made a perfect read on the throw, intercepted it and took it to the house for a 45 yard pick six! The Vipers went into halftime with a 35-3 lead.
The Vipers large first half lead allowed the Vipers to rest most of their 1st string offense for the entire 2nd half. That enabled the Vipers to give valuable playing time to their 2nd string and also to give playing time to their loyal seniors who don’t often get playing time on game nights. After trading punts with the Lions, the Vipers added to their lead on a 57 yard interception returned for a TD by Safety Tyler Mongauzy. Mongauzy’s path was cleared to the goal line by a great block by DL Ricky Sweeney. The Vipers now led 42-3. On the next Lion possession, DB Michael Mastrodicasa made a beautiful play by not only stripping the ball carrier of the ball but also recovering it. Once again, the Vipers marched down the field and scored yet again on a 12 yard strike thrown by QB Ryan Back to WR Caleb Sanders for Sanders 1st TD of this Varsity career making it Vipers 49 and the Lions 3. The Vipers last scoring drive was led by RB Connor Bourque. Bourque accounted for all the offense as he carried the ball 6 times for 37 yards. Bourque showed toughness and determination and wasn’t going to be denied as he finished the drive by bursting into the end zone on a 4 yard TD run to bring the final score to Vandegrift 56 and Leander 3. The TD for Bourque was the 1st of his Varsity career.
Game Notes – The Leander game was certainly a game of firsts with a Senior Night feel. First Pick 6’s for Seniors McCauley and Mongauzy. 1st TD’s for Senior’s Andrade, Segina and Bourque. 1st PAT for Senior K Thomas Fletcher. 1st Pass Defensed for SR DB’s Travis Stinson and DB Beau Howard. 1st Sack for Senior DL Riley Winterton. 1st Tackles for Seniors LB Brian Beamer, DB Beau Howard, DB William Carvalho, DL Grant Gisel, and DL Hal Hudson. Other firsts were for Varsity playing time. Seeing their first Varsity playing time were OL Brett Yates, Dylan Armer, Kylin Austin and Haris Rashid. Also getting their first Varsity playing time were Senior FB’s Duncan Scott and Justin Lang, DB Kavin Vasquez, WR’s Jonathon Munoz, Ben Czerwinski, Beckett Postiglione and Michael Parrington. #TookWhatsOurs
-by Morgan Radocha