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Righetti got in its own way plenty in the first half.

Adan Solis, his offensive line and Jake Steels helped make sure the Warriors still rolled to their second straight win.

By the time the first half was over Friday night, Solis had three touchdown runs, all in the first quarter, Steels had three interceptions and Righetti had a 35-13 eventual halftime lead over Oak Park. The Warriors cruised from there to a 49-21 non-league win over the Eagles at Righetti's Warrior Stadium.

Righetti is 2-0. Oak Park, which had just 26 players suited up, is 0-2.

The first half, in which the teams combined for 21 penalties (11 were against Righetti) took 90 minutes. The second half, in which the teams combined for four penalties (one was against Righetti) took about an hour.

Regarding all those first half penalties "(Our) coaches need to get better," said first-year Righetti coach Tony Payne.

Payne had no qualms with his team's running game. With their line opening holes, Righetti's hard-running backs took care of the rest.

After running for 152 yards in the first half, Solis finished with 204, on just 12 carries. Isaiah Gayfield ran for scores of 20 and 42 yards in the second half the first two times he touched the ball. He finished with a third carry for 16 yards.

Kidasi Nepal added 46 yards on six carries as Righetti finished with 345 rushing yards on the night.

"We have a stable — a STABLE — of running backs back there," said Payne. "And our run blocking was great."

Solis said, "Our coaches set up everything for us, and we just go with whatever they design." 

Meanwhile, "Jake Steels was phenomenal tonight," said Payne. "He's one of the best athletes in the area."

Righetti tight end-defensive end Caleb Thomas, the 2017 PAC 5 League MVP, caught a Brandon Giddings pass and stretched into the end zone to complete an eight-yard scoring play for the last first half touchdown.

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Connor Vlassis wasn't listed on the Oak Park roster but he introduced himself to Righetti when he picked up a fumble, the second lost one for the Warriors in as many offensive series, and ran 20  yards for the first score of the game.

"We started slow," said Solis. "We weren't ready to play," early.

After the Vlassis score, the Eagles  had a hard time stopping anything the Warriors ran.

Center Robert Lamb II helped open holes for the Righetti backs.

"I was injured last week, but it looked like our run blocking was better this week," said Lamb.

"It took a couple of series for me to get in the groove. My teammates helped me find it."

Solis siad, "The timing improved after the first two series."

After throwing four interceptions on his first nine passes (besides the three Steels picks, Robert Cetti had one on a batted ball), Oak Park quarterback Cam Fouts started finding holes in Righetti's pass coverage and getting out of the grasp of would-be tacklers as he frustrated the Warriors' pass rushers.

Fouts wound up throwing for 280 yards and two touchdowns.

"He was even more elusive than he looked on film," said Payne.

"Not only was he elusive, he was strong. Our guys would have his hands on him, and he'd get out of it. He got rid of the ball quickly, and when he didn't he stayed on his feet."

Thomas helped Righetti limit Oak Park to all of five yards rushing. The last 6:40 was played with a running clock.

Righetti will play another home game when it host s crosstown rival Pioneer Valley in another edition of the annual Battle for the Helmet at 7 p.m. next Friday night.    

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Kenny Cress, sportswriter for the Santa Maria Times since September of 2000. BA in political science from Cal Poly Pomona. BA in journalism from Cal State Northridge.