Emotions were high at San Marcos High School Friday night as the Vista Panthers faced the Knights for the Division 1 quarterfinals. San Marcos dominated most of the first half, but Vista came out swinging after halftime, almost tying the game until the Knights pulled away with a 31-13 victory.
San Marcos defensive end Colin Mathisvick earned himself MVP of the game after forcing a huge fumble at the beginning of the game to put the Knights first points up on the board, and recovering a fumble in the third quarter to score a touchdown of his own.
The Knights shutout the Panthers in the first half 17-0, making it look like San Marcos could be walking away with an easy win. However, Vista came out with aggression the second half, scoring a quick touchdown to begin the third quarter. Quarterback Josh Davies found Carlos Rodriguez down the field for an 80-yard touchdown pass.
Vista High School was able to bring the score as close as 17-13, but wasn’t able to finish with the win. Knights quarterback Bryson Bolin sealed the deal with his 10-yard keeper to lengthen the lead 24-13.
The final score was 31-13 San Marcos High School.
With this win, the Knights move on to the semifinals of the Division 1 playoffs. They are set to face Madison High School (9-2) next Friday night, where both teams will battle it out to decide who is going to the championship game. Tune in next week to The Prep Pigskin Report to keep updated on the San Diego Section football playoffs.
PREVIEW: Week 13 of The Prep Pigskin Report showcases you a quarterfinal Division 1 match-up between #12 seed Vista High School (4-7) and #4 seed San Marcos High School (6-4). The Vista Panthers have a lot of momentum on their side this week after coming off a huge upset last Friday night against Ramona High School. The Red and Black stunned the #5 seed in a 23-11 victory, cutting the Bulldogs season earlier than expected.
San Marcos on the other hand had an extra week of preparation for this game, due to receiving the #4 seed and scoring a bye during the first round of playoffs. The Knights took this extra week of practice to get the rest of their team healthy and ready for playoffs.
Earlier this season, Vista and San Marcos played each other for both team’s season opener. The Knights came out with a 37-13 win, improving their undefeated quest against the Panthers 3-0 in game history. Although Vista has never beaten San Marcos before, it’s been proven that the Panthers take playoffs very seriously and can win on the road.
“Vista is a very athletic team,” San Marcos Head Coach Jason Texler commented. “We will need to be sound in all three phases of the game this week. Our focus is for the kids to focus on what they need to do, and if they do that, we will get the job done.”
A couple players to look out for on the field this Friday night is San Marcos senior quarterback Bryson Bolin and junior wide receiver Kyle Phillips. Bolin recently committed to University of New Hampshire and has recorded 1769 passing yards this season. Phillips is a five-star athlete who has been getting multiple Division 1 offers, including schools like Utah, Cal Berkeley and many others. The wide receiver has 657 yards on the season.
Both teams are healthy and are expected to be playing with full rosters.
Who will move onto the next round? Come on out to San Marcos High School Friday night to watch these two teams battle it out on the turf. Kick-off is at 7:00 PM, but no need to worry if you can’t make it. Tune into KUSI’s The Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30 PM to not only catch highlights and the score of this game, but of all the games being played throughout San Diego County.