Lakeside It may not be the official rivalry of East County, but visiting West Hills and host El Capitan put on quite a show Friday night.
The star performer in El Capitan’s homecoming was quarterback Brad Cagle, who passed for 279 yards and two touchdowns as the Vaqueros pounded out a 45-26 nonleague victory.
D.J. Smith was a threat on both sides of the ball for El Capitan. Not only did he rush for two touchdowns, he recorded nine tackles and notched a sack.
El Capitan closed the first half by scoring 17 consecutive points to erase a 13-7 West Hills lead.
Daniel McManus was a one-man gang for West Hills (3-1). He kicked field goals of 24 and 46 yards in addition to catching an 18-yard scoring pass from Stephen Schindler to account for all of the Wolf Pack’s scoring.
West Hills’ defense limited the Vaqueros to 23 net rushing yards in the opening two quarters. But Cagle picked up the slack, passing for 191 yards, including a 24-yard scoring strike to Scott Root.
McManus scored eight more points in the second half for West Hills, one coming on a 25-yard pass from Schindler.
Cagle and Root hooked up in the second half for a 75-yard touchdown pass, and Iasaiah Capoocia returned a punt 75 yards for the Vaqueros’ final tally.
The Vaqueros improved their record to 5-0.