With three running backs rushing for more than 100 yards each and a tight end/defensive end flying all over the place on both sides of the ball, Chula Vista downed visiting Castle Park 28-7 Friday night in a nonleague football game.
The Spartans scored on three of their first four possessions. Two-way standout Ubaldo Nolasco got them on the board, grabbing a 12-yard pass from Darrion Hamilton with 3:40 left in the first quarter.
“He’s the heart and soul of our team,” first-year Spartans coach Howard Bannister said of his big tight end/defensive end, who added a 3-yard TD pass from Hamilton in the third quarter. “One look at him and you have to think he’s going somewhere.”
“I’m just blessed,” said Nolasco. “We’ve just got to keep on going.”
After a turnover abruptly ended its next possession, Chula Vista (2-2) added a 1-yard TD run by Kajahan Duncan (9 carries, 137 yards, TD) and a 29-yard run by Hamilton (7 carries,102 yards, TD; 4 of 9, 51 yards, 2 TDs) for a 21-7 halftime lead.
Castle Park (0-4) grabbed an early lead for new head coach Bernard Ansolabehere after recovering a Chula Vista fumble on the opening kickoff at the Spartans’ 24-yard line.
Eight plays later, quarterback Eleazar Cruz carried it in from two yards out.
Ansolabehere, who took over for veteran coach Hans Graham at the start of the season, informed the team earlier in the day he had the interim tag taken off his title through the rest of the season. Graham has been away from the team while the school conducts an investigation.
Chula Vista’s Victor Agraz added 109 yards rushing on nine carries, all in the second half.
Farmer is a freelance writer.