AURORA | The Vista PEAK football team has finally cranked up its offense and its paying off in the win-loss column.
The Bison generated 37 points in their first two games of the season and dropped both, but have piled up 110 in the past two contests, including Thursday night’s 54-25 victory over Gateway in a battle of Aurora Public Schools programs at APS Stadium.
Junior quarterback Derrick Smashum threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns, sophomore wide receiver JJ Augustus racked up 234 yards receiving and three scores, junior Daniel Smashum caught two touchdown passes and threw one and senior Dylan Holt scored twice for coach John Sullivan’s Vista PEAK, which evened its record at 2-2.
Gateway (1-3) got a monster game from junior running back Kevin Traylor Jr., who totaled 220 all-purpose yards (178 rushing) and scored twice, while junior Ajonte Manlove and senior Anthony Byndum caught touchdown passes for coach Shane Ward’s squad.
Vista PEAK followed up a 56-point effort in its previous game against Adams City with 54 more points, opening the scoring in the first quarter with two Derrick Smashum touchdown passes of 80 or more yards to Augustus and Daniel Smashum.
After an explosive second quarter that saw the two teams combine for 32 points (Holt and Traylor had two TDs apiece in the period), the Bison took a 33-19 lead into halftime and built on that with Augustus and Daniel Smashum scores in the third period.
Junior Jayden Smith capped Vista PEAK’s scoring with a touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which was answered by a Byndum catch for Gateway.
The Olys take the field again at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at APS Stadium to take on Rangeview (1-3) in the annual Anvil game, while the Bison look to continue their scoring ways against a tough opponent when 3-1 Lutheran pays a visit to Vista PEAK at 1 p.m. Oct. 1.
Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel
VISTA PEAK 54, GATEWAY 25
Score by quarters:
Vista PEAK 13 20 14 7 — 54
Gateway 7 12 0 6 — 25
Vista PEAK — JJ Augustus 87 yard pass from Derrick Smashum (run failed), 9:23
Vista PEAK — Daniel Smashum 80 yard pass from Derrick Smashum (Noah Karwacki kick), 7:45
Gateway —Ajonte Manlove 32 yard pass from Xavier Delk (Sulu Gonzales kick), 5:45
Vista PEAK — Augustus 63 yard pass from Daniel Smashum (Karwicki kick), 11:50
Gateway — Kevin Traylor Jr. 39 yard run (run failed), 10:35
Vista PEAK — Dylan Holt 5 yard pass from Derrick Smashum (Karwicki kick), 9:16
Gateway — Traylor Jr. 33 yard pass from Delk (pass failed), 6:06
Vista PEAK — Holt 30 yard pass from Derrick Smashum (kick blocked), 5:00
Vista PEAK —Daniel Smashum 60 yard pass from Derrick Smashum (Karwicki kick), 5:22
Vista PEAK —Augustus 44 yard pass from Derrick Smashum (Karwicki kick), 5:14
Vista PEAK — Jayden Smith 7 yard run (Karwicki kick), 9:52
Gateway — Anthony Byndum 9 yard pass from Dachaun Davis (pass failed), 5:14
Vista PEAK: Derrick Smashum 13-59, Troy Davis 3-29, Tyshun Hamilton 1-13, Daniel Smashum 1-13, Chase Yeardley 1-12, Leo Shockley 3-12, Jayden Smith 7-5, Mauricio Vargas 1-3, Ethan Applegate 3-0
Gateway: Kevin Traylor Jr. 20-178, Evan Winn 9-38, Trekess Kelley 1-22, Davis 3-5, Xavier Delk 15-(minus 10)
Vista PEAK: Derrick Smashum 19-28, 458 yards, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception; Daniel Smashum 1-1, 63 yards, 1 touchdown
Gateway: Delk 13-30, 171 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Vista PEAK: JJ Augustus 4-234, Daniel Smashum 5-160, Dylan Holt 6-83, Hamilton 5-44
Gateway: Ajonte Manlove 3-91, Traylor 3-42, Anthony Byndum 2-15, Tyreeh Bell 3-14, Winn 2-9