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Valley Vista High School made an inauspicious entrance into the varsity football ranks Friday night. Boulder Creek capitalized on an overpowering running attack and four Valley Vista turnovers to post a 51-0 win in the Class 5A Division 2 Northwest Region opener for both schools. The contest represented Valley Vista's first varsity game in school history. "We didn't take care of the ball and play at the high level we're capable of," said Jason Wilke, Valley Vista coach. "The kids tried the best they could, but it was frustrating because they know they can play better than they showed tonight." Boulder Creek had two 100-yard rushers in Devin Contreras (13 carries, 132 yards) and Davis Jacobs (5 carries, 115 yards). Contreras rushed for two scores and caught another touchdown pass while Davis tallied another score for Boulder Creek, which led 30-0 at halftime. "We had a scheme where we overloaded one side of the field and they weren't adjusting to it," said Dan Friedman, Boulder Creek coach. "That's why our kids weren't getting touched until they were 20 yards down the field." The first offensive series of the night provided a microcosm of the game for the Monsoon. Valley Vista forced a turnover on Boulder Creek's first possession when Justin Walkenbach recovered a Contreras fumble at the Valley Vista 39-yard line. However, the ensuing momentum swing proved to be short-lived. Valley Vista's Isaiah Steele fumbled on the first offensive snap in varsity history. Chris Russell of Boulder Creek picked up the fumble at the 12-yard line and raced into the end zone for the first of seven Boulder Creek touchdowns. Valley Vista struggled offensively throughout the game. The Monsoon accounted for just two first downs and never got past their own 42-yard line in the contest. Valley Vista did force three Boulder Creek turnovers and sacked quarterback Taylor Davis twice. Nathan Shelley and Marcus Mott combined on a first-quarter sack while Nick Lane and Derek Bellows combined on a second-quarter sack. "Good things are going to happen with this program," said Wilke, who led Glendale to back-to-back playoff appearances before taking the Valley Vista job last spring. "We just didn't have our best night." Valley Vista plays at Skyline next Friday.
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