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VCA improving despite fourth straight loss

By: Nick Pecoraro
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CLARKSBURG‒ The Valley Christian Academy football team dropped its fourth consecutive game Friday at Delta, 38-26.

Despite just a five-point halftime deficit, the Lions were plagued by second-half turnovers and fell to 0-3 in the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League.

The loss also eliminated any possibilities of a postseason berth for VCA as the new California Interscholastic Federation Sac- Joaquin Section format requires a minimum of four wins to be playoff eligible. With just two games remaining, VCA is just 1-6.

Despite the losing record, VCA head coach Doug Williams said that the team has made great strides on both the practice and game fields as the season has gone along.

“We’re much improved all over the field,” said the first-year head coach. “I feel terrible for the kids because it’s not showing in the outcomes. But we’re much more disciplined; our penalties are down; our passing game is coming along, and our special teams is improving.”

Special teams was one of the bright spots for the Lions Friday as the coach’s son, Drake Williams, broke for an 80-plus yard touchdown on a kickoff return in the second quarter to give VCA a spark. Drake also rushed for a first-quarter touchdown to get the Lions on the board.

Quarterback Tommy Fasig connected with Payton Meyers for another second-quarter score to cut the Delta lead to just five before halftime.

The Lions were held scoreless in the third quarter, however, and committed three turnovers, allowing Delta to pull away in the second half.

Fasig hit Bradyn McIntosh in the fourth quarter for the Lions’ only second-half score.

“We were pretty evenly matched,” Coach Williams said. “We made corrections, got stops, holding (Delta) much tighter in the second half. We had some good drives in the second half that just fizzled out.”

With starting senior two-way lineman Michael Newsom out with an injury, Coach Williams said junior Stockton Eakes stepped in and had a huge game in the trenches.

“He had his best game of the season,” Coach Williams said of Eakes, who recovered a fumble for the Lions. “He’s a first-year player, and he really impressed me and stood out. We needed him to step in, and he played big.”

Two games remain on the Lions’ schedule. On Oct. 19, VCA will travel to Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (1-7, 0-3) for its final road contest of the season against a Wolves team which lost to Encina Prep Saturday, 50-0. In the regular-season finale, VCA hosts Foresthill (3-5, 1-2), who lost, 45-8, to Woodland Christian Friday, at Highlands High School.

“We have good chances in both games,” said Coach Williams. “Each week, we’re getting closer and closer to playing our best football.”