Legend High School running back Bryce Vaz had a good game with 235 all-purpose yards but was quick to point out that he couldn’t do it by himself.
Vaz, a 5-10, 180-pound senior, was one of the Titans’ offensive stars in a 42-0 romp over Parker rival Ponderosa High in the Aug. 27 season opener at EchoPark Automotive Stadium in Parker.
“I wouldn’t be able to do it unless the line of scrimmage is pushed, that’s the most important part,” said Vaz, whose speed and quickness was evident. “I’m really thanking my line and quarterback for getting me the ball out there.
“The team played amazing offensively and defensively. Our defense looked amazing, great on the run stop and we’ve improved on our pass defense from last year. We’re just looking real good all around. For sure I’m looking forward to this season. We’ve got great players on this team.”
Legend, ranked fifth in the preseason CHSAANow.com Class 5A rankings, notched its third straight win over the Class 4A Mustangs, but the Titans’ previous two victories came by only seven and three points.
“We have a lot of room for improvement,” said Legend coach Monte Thelen. “We made a number of mistakes. We also made a number of plays that helped us win the game. We have a lot of respect for Ponderosa. It kind of went south on them a little bit. They’ll play much better throughout the year.”
Legend wound up with 465 yards of total offense with Vaz rushing for 187 yards and a TD. He also caught six passes for 48 yards.
Legend quarterback Colton Warner completed 18 of 26 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns. He threw one interception.
Senior Jackson Brush also caught six of Warner’s passes for 102 yards and three scores.
Legend helped themselves with big plays.
Brush had a 48-yard TD reception, Maddux Stahl had a 56-yard TD catch and Nate Smith returned one of four Titan interceptions 40 yards for a TD.
Legend’s defense was solid. Mello Castro and Zach Runyon each had seven tackles. Runyon also had three sacks and blocked a Pondo field goal attempt. Smith, Alex Trujillo, Logan Braegger and Jason Anderson had the interceptions.
“Our defense played pretty well,” said Thelen.
“For the last three weeks of camp our defense has been taking it to our offense a little bit. Our offense felt great to go play against someone else.”
Pondo coach Jaron Cohen believes the Mustangs will improve despite playing two more Class 5A teams during the non-league schedule.
“They (Legend) played really well on both sides of the ball and they had some explosive plays on offense which always hurts you,” he said. “They had kids make plays and we made a lot of mistakes. We’ll get better.
“We play a very hard non-league schedule. We do that on purpose and we play in the hardest league in 4A. We want to get better. We’ll get better and learn from this.”
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