EL CAJON The El Capitan Vaqueros are leaving no doubt that they can run with the San Diego Section elite.
The 10th-ranked Vaqueros (6-0) bullied once-beaten Granite Hills 55-14 to spoil the Eagles’ homecoming festivities Friday.
Quarterback Brad Cagle threw four first-half touchdown passes to vault the Vaqueros into a 34-7 halftime lead they wouldn’t lose. For the game, Cagle completed 12 of 18 passes for 224 yards to go along with his four touchdowns.
The homecoming theme was Shipwreck at Granite Hills, and the Vaqueros made the Eagles live up to the show.
El Capitan broke the game open with a 21-point scoring burst in the second quarter. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.
D.J. Smith led the Vaqueros’ ground charge, rushing for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
El Capitan coach Ron Burner knows that his team is the favorite to win the Grossmont Valley League, but won’t come right out and say it. But as the weeks go by the Vaqueros become more convincing that they’re the team to beat.
To those who follow football year round, El Capitan’s achievements are not surprising. Led by Cagle and his stable of sure-handed receivers, the Vaqueros won several passing league tournaments during the summer.