North County Game of the Week Recap: Oceanside 0, Mission Hills 45
Mission Hills (6-0, 0-0) did everything that is needed to do to prove they are the best team in San Diego County and one of the best in Southern California in a dominating 45-0 win over Oceanside (4-2, 0-0) on Friday night at Jack Ashby Stadium.
Grizzlies Running Back Nehemiah McFarlin scored four more touchdowns, and had 200+ yards from scrimmage. McFarlin who is in his 1st season on Varsity for MIssion Hills is making the case that he is the best running back in the county, and he is huge part of why the Grizzlies are the best team in the county.
Oceanside was kept off the scoreboard all night long thanks to a defense that gave up less that 100 yards rushing, their closest opportunity came when Quarterback Robby Beardsley threw one into the end zone that was picked out of the air by SDSU commit Will Stricklin in the Grizzlies end zone. Stricklin also scored on an 87 yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jack Tuttle. Tuttle also rushed for a score.
After two losses to Oceanside in 2014 including one at Oceanside in the Semi-Finals of the Open Division playoffs, this was sweet redemption for the Grizzlies, because they did something that had never done to Oceanside in thier previous 11 meetings…A running clock in the 4th quarter.
Next week Mission Hills will start Avocado League East play at Rancho Buena Vista (0-6, 0-1) , while Oceanside will start Avacado West League Play at Torrey Pines (1-5, 0-1).
North County Game of the Week Preview:
Oceanside and Mission Hills have a lot of rivals on the football field. That is what happens when all your football program does is win. But when these two teams match up “Head-to-Head”, It is one of the best rivalries in San Diego high school football, let alone Southern California.
This Rivalry is the setting for the Escondido Cycle Center North County Game of the Week.
This competition was once dominated by the Pirates, but after seven straight wins, the Grizzlies have won four straight including their 1st CIF football championship in 2013.
Since giving up 26 points to Crenshaw in their 1st game of the season, the Grizzlies have mauled the competition. In their last four games Mission Hills has given up just two touchdowns and a field, with just one of those on an interception return.
Mission Hills is loaded with Division 1 talent, including the #1 recruit in San Diego in Defensive Back/Receiver Troy Warner, Defensive back Will Stricklin who just committed to San Diego State, and Running Back Nehemiah McFarlin, who is getting looks from several college football programs.
Defending San Diego Open Division Champion Oceanside has not lost to a San Diego football team in two seasons.
The Pirates don’t have a marquee name on the roster. What they have are football players that play together as a team as well as any team in San Diego.
Follow me on Twitter for up to the minute updates, during the game, while highlights and post game will be on the “Prep Pigskin Report” as 10:30.
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