Johnson Pounds El Dorado; Cal Works Overtime for Win

By George Hernandez

(Whittier) – California running back Vance Johnson scored to tie the game and in overtime to give the Condors a 22-16 victory over visiting El Dorado Thursday night.

After a scoreless first quarter the Condors got on the board when junior quarterback Gio Miranda hit Bryce Bernal from eight yards to make it 6-0 after a missed extra point.

The Hawks got on the board as time expired in the first half with a 38-yard field goal.

On the returning kickoff of the second half El Dorado’s Jackson Smith took it 90-yards to paydirt giving the Hawks a 10-3 lead.

Later in the third quarter El Dorado tacked on another field goal to make it 13-3.

Early in the fourth quarter the Hawks got on the board again with a field goal making it 16-6.

Cal, on a first and goal on the two yard line, chose to pass but a sack moved the Condors back. However they were able to get a field goal out of the drive making it 16-9.

After multiple El Dorado miscues, Cal was able to drive up field and Johnson took it in from 12-yards out tying the game 16-16.

Quarterback Kristofer Snipes drove the Hawks down the field hitting wideout Luc Vanlanan twice and putting El Dorado on the 23 yard line with 16-seconds left and two timeouts. The Hawks elected to let the time rundown to two seconds and try a field goal. The ball was bobbled and the game headed into overtime.

Cal got the ball first and handed it to Johnson twice and he took it in. After a blocked PAT it was 22-16 Condors.

El Dorado couldn’t get anything going on their turn in overtime through the air and the last play was two yards out of the back of the endzone giving the Condors a come from behind win.

Johnson finished with 18-carries for 163-yards with the two most important scores. Miranda went 10 of 19 for 108-yards and a touchdown.

El Dorado gained 162 total yards of offense, Snipes went 11 of 20 for 102 yards.

Cal 3-0 faces city team South East next week while El Dorado will take on Valencia.


7 Comments to "Johnson Pounds El Dorado; Cal Works Overtime for Win"

  1. Area's Gravatar Area
    September 6, 2019 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Looks like it’s going to be a bloodbath for the 2nd playoff Berth from the Del Rio.

  2. Cal Parent's Gravatar Cal Parent
    September 6, 2019 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Zamora is doing great. But if he was a run first instead of a pass first offense they would of probably blew el Dorado out. He has 21 and 25 that run good.

  3. MVSer's Gravatar MVSer
    September 6, 2019 - 11:47 am | Permalink


    The team was 4-6 last year and had a new coach coming in who were they supposed to schedule? Get over that strength of schedule crap for the lower levels nobody winning a national title down here.

  4. Zamora's Best Role's Gravatar Zamora's Best Role
    September 6, 2019 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    The Del Rio was much better with Pioneer in the mix. The Titans’ presence meant that there were three guaranteed playoff spots. It also meant, for the other teams, an easy win and a time to rest in the midst of tough league play.
    I respectfully propose that after Zamora is done boosting Cal, he should be persuaded to go patch-up Pioneer to where they can be put back in their old league. What to do with district favorite Willig? Send him over to Cal, where he can look good by winning a little with Zamora’s leftovers. This would make Louie look great, and give Chuck the boost his ego undoubtedly needs at this low point of his career.

  5. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    September 6, 2019 - 9:21 am | Permalink

    Nice to see a story like this. A coach seemingly doing it the right way.

  6. Cards's Gravatar Cards
    September 6, 2019 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    Not the strongest schedule I’ve ever seen but good for Louie and his boys.

  7. Del Rio Watcher's Gravatar Del Rio Watcher
    September 5, 2019 - 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Sticking with the guy that paid his dues by assisting at all levels at Cal High and not seeking other jobs Cal High admins made the right hire. Zamora is paying immediate dividends and has Cal fans excited.The Del Rio League is looking stronger with Whittier upsetting the 2-0 San Dimas Saints that also were ranked #2 in division 9. Now El Rancho takes on City #2 Garfield that trails only #1 Narbonne on Friday night in Montebello. And La Serna wins easily on Friday and La Serna is still The King of Del Rio.

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