North County Game of the Week Recap: San Marcos 6, Mission Hills 42
Discovery Bowl XII ended like the previous 10 Discovery Bowls Had with Mission Hills walking off the Field as the Best team in San Marcos after a 42-6 victory over the San Marcos Knights (7-3, 4-1). Mission Hills (10-0, 5-0) also secured the Avocado league East Title with the win and a top four seed in the "CIFSDS Open Division", where the end up will be left up to the computers.
In front of San Diego State head coach Rocky Long, Grizzlies Running Back Nehemiah McFarlin and the Mission Hills Defense put on a show. McFarlin carried the ball 29 times for a school record 329 yards and 3 TD’s (23, 5, and 68) bringing his regular season total to 180 Carries for 1,752 yards and 26 Rushing Touchdowns.
San Marcos’ 1st drive of the game, started with Blue Chipper Terrell Burgess beating Blue Chipper Troy Warner for a 40 yard gain inside the five, but the Grizzlies defense would force a Field Goal.
On the Ensuing Kick Off San Diego State Commit Will Stricklin would fumble the kick off, then pick it up at the one yard line and take the kick down inside the San Marcos 30 yard line, setting up McFarlin’s 1st Touchdown run of the game. Bryce Bolin would hit Kyle Phillips with a 38 yard catch and run, leading to another Knights field goal.
McFarlin then busts off his biggest run of the game measuring 70 yards, before getting caught at the one yard line by Burgess to prevent the TD. One play Later Mission Hills Quarterback Jack Tuttle is sneaking it in from a yard out as the Grizzlies go into the half up 14-6.
Second Half, the #1 team in San Diego flexed their muscle on both sides of the ball. Elijah Bulls sack on a 3rd down forced a Field Goal attempt that went awry for the Knights.
Moments later, McFarlin scored his second touchdown of the game from five yards out for a 21-6 lead.
Late in the 3rd, Warner intercepted Bolin, and then caught his second touchdown of the season from Tuttle for a 35-6 lead.
Mission Hills will play in the Open Division Playoffs, while San Marcos will likely get a home game against Ramona next Friday in the Division one playoffs.
North County Game of the Week Preview
Discovery Bowl XII is more than just the "Escondido Cycle Center North County Game of the Week", it is also future college football showcase, and more importantly the winner wins the Avocado East League title.
History is on the side of the Mission Hills Grizzlies (9-0, 3-0) when they host the San Marcos Knights (7-2, 3-0), winning the last 10 games against their city rival.
Despite their undefeated record, and the fact they are outscoring opponents by 32 points a game, and that they are ranked #1 in San Diego, Mission Hills is ranked 3rd in the San Diego CIF Division 1 Standings, Trailing Helix (7-1, 4-0) and St. Augustine (7-2, 2-0). A win over San Marcos should convince the "Playoff Computer" they deserve one of the top 2 seeds in the "Open Division".
While the Knights who are ranked 18th out of 20 in the Division 1 standings have three shut out wins this season, will need a small miracle or "Playoff Computer Glitch" to get a home game in the playoffs.
Discovery Bowl XII will also be a future college football player showcase, Mission Hills has no less than four scholarship players lead by WR/CB Troy Warner (BYU Commit), TE/LB Justus Te’i (Offers from Boise St., San Diego St., Utah St., Nevada), WR/CB Will Stricklin (SDSU Commit), QB Dakota Miller (Offers from N. Arizona, North Dakota St.) and RB Nehemiah McFarlin (Offer from USD).
McFarlin has paced the Mission Hills Offense (153 Carries, 1431 yards, 23 TD’s/15 Receptions, 237 yards, 2 TD’s), averaging 10 yards every time he touches the ball. While Sophomore Quarterback Jack Tuttle has burst onto the scene, completing 65% of his passes for 1,236 yards with 10 TD passes and 3 Interceptions.
The Grizzlies may also have the best defense in San Diego County under Defensive coordinator Thomas Altieri. 46 of the 77 Points Mission Hills has given up came in 2 games, while they have allowed a touchdown or less in the other seven including two shut out wins, at Torrey Pines and at home against Oceanside. Defensive End Elijah Bulls leads the pass rush, while Warner (3 Interceptions), Stricklin, Josiah Moore, and JonPaul Patton lead a stingy pass defense.
San Marcos has a player, that one opposing coach called "The Dude", because that dude does everything in WR/CB Terrell Burgess. Burgess who plays 100 Plus plays a game has 56 Catches for 1,087 yards and 16 TD’s, He also has a rushing Touchdown, and 3 interceptions on defense. Burgess has offers from nine universities to play football including Arizona, Utah, SDSU and Wisconsin. Junior Quarterback Bryce Bolin has thrown for 2,947 yards and 30 Touchdowns.
On Defense The Knights give up just 11 points a game. And it’s hard to miss Defensive End Joah Robinett, the 6’8 Oregon State commit has eight of the teams 20 sacks and 13.5 Tackles for loss, along with a handful of batted down passes, and a blocked Field Goal.
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