Escondido Cycle Center North County Game of the Week: Rancho Bernardo Broncos 34, Mission Hills Grizzlies 20
Rancho Bernardo (6-0) proved that they are one of the best teams in San Diego County with their convincing 34-20 road win over Mission Hills(4-2) on Friday night.
The Broncos were playing without "Blue Chip" quarterback Mark Salazar who is out indefinitely after suffering a broken collarbone, their back up QB Christian Lewis stepped in, and had an impressive 1st career varsity start throwing one touchdown pass and leading three more scoring drives.
The "Thunder and Lightning" Combo of Milan Grice and Kaelan Pestano provided the offense on the ground, with Grice Running for 151 yards and a score, while Pestano found the end zone twice.
Defensively the Broncos were ball hawks, picking off quarterback Jack Tuttle three times including the game sealing interception by Pestano late in the 4th quarter.
Next week Mission Hills will host La Costa Canyon in an Avocado League game, while the Broncos will host vista in a Palomar league contest.
The Escondido Cycle Center North County Game of the week features the Rancho Bernardo Broncos (5-0, 2-0) traveling north to San Marcos to take on Mission Hills (4-1, 2-0) in their final non-league match up of the regular season.
Mission Hills is coming off a 41-13 loss at Mater Dei Catholic (4-1), while Rancho Bernardo is coming off a bye week.
The Broncos spent the last week getting healthy on their bye, but they will be playing their 2nd game without Fresno State bound Mark Salazar. The senior is out for an indefinite amount of time after sustaining a broken collarbone in the Broncos win over Mt. Carmel.
While the loss of Salazar hurts, the Broncos have one of the Top 5 Running Backs in San Diego County. Milan Grice, in just three games, has put up some monster numbers (50 carries, 507 Yards, 5 TD’s), anchored by 6’6 270 offensive and defensive lineman, James Lee.
The Grizzlies will come in to this game with a chip on their shoulder. After their 1st win at Oceanside High School in Week 5, Mission Hills will try and get back on track at home against a team they may see in the Open Division playoffs. As of Week 7, the Grizzlies and Broncos come in #2 (MH) and #3 (RB) in the Division 1 CIF Power Rankings.
Mission Hills has immense talent at the skill position, starting with Quarterback Jack Tuttle. Watch out for running back Sam Dixon, who can run through you or around you. He stands out on film. Defensively, the Grizzlies will need a great effort from Coach Hauser’s defense lead by linebacker Junior Bryan Barraza.
Here is my #WillisPrediction: Mission Hills 45, Rancho Bernardo 35.
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