by Moses Leos III
A first half flurry of points carried the Vandegrift Vipers to a 55-0 win over Lehman Lobos (2-4, 0-2 in 25-6A) Friday at Shelton Stadium.
Lehman was unable to halt a dominant Viper offense led by quarterback Alex Fernandes and running back Isaiah Smallwood, who each scored three touchdowns in the game. Vandegrift's offense amassed 475 total yards on the evening.
Vandegrift began their onslaught by taking a 7-0 lead with 5:36 left in first quarter via a Fernandes touchdown pass to wide receiver Will Bruner. The Viper lead quickly expanded to 20-0 over a two-plus minute span, as Vandegrift scored on their ensuing two possessions.
Vandegrift piled on an additional 28 points in the second frame to take a insurmountable 48-0 advantage at the half.
Fernandes went 12 of 18 for 217 yards and three scores through the air in less than a half of play. Smallwood led Vandegrift by rushing for 84 yards on six carries and three scores on the ground.
While Vandegrift’s offense thrived, Lehman’s offense struggled as they were limited to 77 total yards in the game.
Lehman quarterback Jacob Zamora went 4 of 9 for 35 yards and an interception before exiting the game in the first half due to an injury.
Lehman’s run game was nullified by a physical Vandegrift front seven, which held Lobo running back Bryan Mendoza to 45 yards.