VALLEJO -- The Vallejo High defense left few openings at Corbus Field on Friday night, but the door was open just wide enough for the Encinal Jets to blast through for a win.
Encinal running back Jordan Parker needed just two plays to help take down Vallejo. The first was a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first half and a 66-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that proved to be the back-breaker. Parker finished with 152 all-purpose yards and the only two touchdowns for Encinal.
Vallejo had one opportunity to tie the game after Parker's big run. Apaches quarterback D'Amani Dillahunty started the drive off well with a 16-yard run to put Vallejo in Encinal territory, but then the drive started to go backwards. A false start call backed Vallejo up five yards. Then Massiah Taylor was tacked for a three-yard loss. Dillahunty rushed for a couple of yards, but then a personal-foul penalty backed Vallejo up another 15 yards for a long third down.
The Apaches (1-3) were forced to punt and never got the ball back as Encinal ran out the final eight minutes of the game. Encinal converted six first downs before the clock ran out.
The game was tied 7-7 at the half in a defensive battle.
Encinal (3-1) struck first when Vallejo failed to cover a punt well and Parker sprinted for a touchdown in the first quarter. But Vallejo answered right back with a drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock. Arthur Hayes ended up finishing the drive on a touchdown pass to Omar Talley as Vallejo tied the game 7-7.