FAIRFIELD — Jomon Dotson had an average night – 186 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries to go with a TD catch – but the Vanden High football team didn’t have an answer for Michael Rapacon.
The American Canyon quarterback completed 5 of 8 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown and ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on the last play of the first half to lead the Wolves to a 44-36 Solano County Athletic Conference victory at George A. Gammon Field on Friday night.
Four of Rapacon’s completions were for either first downs or touchdowns and he ran for 75 yards in the second half to help American Canyon (6-1, 2-0 SCAC) spoil homecoming for Vanden (4-3, 1-1 SCAC).
“He’s been varsity quarterback three years,” Wolves coach Ian MacMillan said. “He’s doing a helluva job. He’s an excellent kid. He’s an excellent kid to coach. I couldn’t be happier for him.”
“He stepped up and did a fantastic job,” Vanden coach LeVon Haynes said.
Derrick Hughes put American Canyon on the board first with a 1-yard run two plays after Malik Beachum returned the first of his two interceptions 74 yards to the Vanden 11.
The first of Rapacon’s six conversion kicks made it 7-0 with 3 minutes 3 seconds left in the first quarter.
Vanden tied it by going 78 yards in 11 plays with Isaiah Hamilton taking a short pass from quarterback Jadon Brisendine down the American Canyon sideline on fourth-and-goal from the 11. Brisendine’s first of two conversion kicks made it 7-7.
American Canyon then turned it over on downs after driving to the Vanden 2, but that wasn’t good news for the Vikings.
The Wolves took the lead for good at 9-7 when Jacob Clark tackled Isaiah Hamilton in the end zone for a safety six plays into the second quarter.
After Hughes added a 4-yard TD run, Vanden cut it to 16-13 on a 5-yard pass from Brisendine to Ren Littlepage.
However, American Canyon drove 69 yards on 12 plays with Rapacon going over on a sneak on the last play of the half to make it 23-13 at intermission.
Vanden took the second half kickoff and went 60 yards on seven plays with Hamilton going up the middle 3 yards to make it 23-20.
That’s as close as the Vikings could get.
Dotson caught a 4-yard TD pass from Rapacon and added a 3-yard scoring run to up the lead to 37-20 after three quarters.
Hamilton’s third touchdown of the game and a conversion pass to Dion Williams cut the deficit to 37-28 with 5:47 left in the game.
Dotson gave American Canyon some breathing room with a 44-yard touchdown run with 4:25 to go before Brisendine hit Williams with 7-yard TD pass and another 2-point conversion toss to cut it to 44-36 with 2:05 to go.
Vanden’s last chance ended when the Wolves’ Sergio Toral recovered an onside kick and Dotson ran for a first down on third-and-9.
Williams caught a school-record 11 passes, but they went for only 48 yards. Brisendine completed 27 of 41 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions, both in the red zone.
“Making mistakes at crucial times is really what it comes down to,” Haynes said. “We’ve just got to flush this, wake up, come out and play hard the next three games.”
The first is next Saturday when the Vikings play at Vallejo.
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