Mission Hills High School (8-0, 4-0) continues to dominate the Avocado League with another conference win, this time in a 56-20 victory over the El Camino Wildcats (4-4, 1-3).
The Grizzlies came out with a winning mentality, quickly getting on the board with less than a minute in to the game. Senior quarterback Jack Tuttle found Chris Olave down the field for a 71-yard touchdown pass.
El Camino was not able to answer back offensively, forcing the Wildcats to punt. To their demise, Grizzly Maurice Jones returned the punt for a total of 73-yards to increase the lead 14-0 with 8:42 to go in the first.
Mission Hills running back Damon Wigand would get his shot at the end zone a couple minutes later, running in a 5-yard touchdown for the Grizzlies.
To end the first quarter, Jack Tuttle squeaked in another touchdown pass, this time to Samuel Epenesa for 10-yards. Heading into the second quarter, Mission Hills led 28-0.
The Wildcats attempted to get their offense going the next quarter, but struggled greatly. Mission Hills forced another punt from El Camino, but a bad punt from Kevin Perez prompted another easy return for the Grizzlies. Maxwell Milner returned the ball 38-yards to increase Mission Hills lead 35-0.
Maurice Jones had another great punt return later on in the quarter, returning the ball 59-yards to place the Grizzlies on the El Camino 6-yard line. Mission Hills capitalized, scoring on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jack Tuttle to Jadan Washington.
With less than 30 seconds to go in the first half, El Camino would get their first shot in the end zone. At first and goal with four yards to go, Jaden Casey found Wayne Steward to make the score 42-7 heading in to half time.
The Wildcats tried to come back during the second half, but No. 1 ranked Mission Hills took home the victory 56-20.
The Grizzlies will travel to Torrey Pines (6-2, 3-1) next week to take on the Falcons for a cross-league game. The Wildcats will travel back home to host the Carlsbad Lancers (4-4, 1-4) for an Avocado League conference game.
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PREVIEW: Marcus Allen, Rashaan Salaam, Ricky Williams, and the one and only Reggie Bush. What do all of these guys have in common? Of course the prestigious title of being a Heisman Trophy winner, but one more thing – they’re all from good ‘ol San Diego.
San Diego is quite spoiled when it comes to the beaches, great weather, great food – but great high school football is apart of that equation as well. This week, the Prep Pigskin Report will be heading up North to cover a game that not only features two nationally recognized players, but a team that has continued to show a dominating presence across the county.
The El Camino Wildcats (4-3, 1-2) will be traveling to No. 1 ranked Mission Hills (7-0, 3-0) with the intention of ruining their perfect season.
The Wildcats are led by senior running back Chris Brown, who has been granted the title of being “the best in the west.” Ranked as the No. 1 overall running back in the state of California, Brown has definitely earned himself a spot on the Silver Pigskin Watch-list. Last year, the senior totaled 1442 rushing yards, which accounted for 87% of the team’s total number.
The crazy part? He’s just as good on the defensive side of the ball as he is on the offensive side. Brown is also a high level linebacker prospect, which has attracted many colleges – eleven to be exact. Although the senior has yet to commit, Washington and UCLA are said to be at the top of his list according to 247sports.com.
El Camino has crossed Mission Hills path four times in game history, and have yet to beat them. Both teams played each other last year during the Avocado League, but the Grizzlies squeaked by in a 35-20 win.
Although the Wildcats are hoping to change history this year with their nationally ranked running back, there are a couple players from Mission Hills that they’ll need to shut down to make that possible.
With that being said, the first person they’ll need to focus on is the one and only Jack Tuttle. Easily argued as the best quarterback in San Diego, the senior also made his talents known on a national level this off-season. The Utah commit attended The Opening this summer, and was granted the prestigious opportunity of attending the Elite 11 Finals up in Oregon, which is meant for top level rising senior quarterbacks.
Just to put the honor in perspective, ten of the last eleven quarterbacks to have won the Heisman Trophy attended the Elite 11 Finals or an Elite 11 regional round.
Another standout on the Grizzly roster is wide receiver/corner back Chris Olave. The senior transferred to Mission Hills High School last season from Helix. He was ineligible during the 2016 season due to a CIF state transfer rule, but did not let the adversity affect him. With 13 offers underneath his belt, the wait proved to be a good thing. He has not committed to a school yet, but has an official visit set for next month at the Ohio State University according to 247sports.com.
Since the school opened in 2004, Mission Hills has never seen another head coach except for Chris Hauser. In his 14th season with the Grizzlies, the veteran head coach has been able to craft his teams into a consistent powerhouse every season.
In the school’s first year, Coach Hauser finished the 2004 season (1-10, 0-6). Fourteen seasons later, the Mission Hills Grizzlies are undefeated at (7-0, 3-0) and ranked No. 1 in the county. On top of that, the Grizzlies are ranked No. 12 in the state and in the Top 100 in the Nation at No. 69 according to MaxPreps.
Can the Wildcats pull the upset of the night and take down the undefeated Grizzlies? Or will Mission Hills continue their unprecedented success? Make sure to tune into The Prep Pigskin Report Friday night at 10:30 P.M. to find out who will take home the victory.
Highlights of this game and 31 others from around San Diego County can be seen on the Emmy-Award winning high school football show "Prep Pigskin Report." Kick off is at 10:30 every Friday night during the fall on KUSI-TV Channel 9/51. Live streaming of the show will also be available on KUSI.com.