La Costa Canyon Mavericks 34, El Camino Wildcats 28
Recap: La Costa Canyon Mavericks (5-1) vs. El Camino Wildcats (5-1) – by Mike McAfee
The cloudy haze at the top of North County High School Football became much clearer Friday night as the La Costa Canyon Mavericks handed the El Camino Wildcats their first loss of the season 34-28.
The Wildcat offense got off to a fast start in the first quarter, when sophomore quarterback Jaden Casey hit senior wide-out John Armentrout for an 18-yard touchdown pass. La Costa Canyon then quickly struck back, led by junior quarterback Tanner Clark’s 15-yard keeper for the tie, 7-7.
The next two quarters of play would dictate the remainder of the game, as the Mavericks kept the heralded Wildcat defense on their heels.
Although El Camino suffered their only loss thus far of the season, the future looks extremely bright. Casey would finish with 401 passing yards, and hit Armentrout 14 times for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns. Add sophomore running back Chris Brown to the mix, and the Wildcats have a lethal trio of offensive playmakers to look forward too.
For La Costa Canyon, this win is nothing short of huge. It sets up next weeks home game against Carlsbad (3-3), and more importantly hosting the undefeated Westview Wolverines (6-0) October 23.
“We don’t look past anybody – we take things one game at a time,” said La Costa Canyon Head Coach Sean Sovacool. “But we know that we get Westview in two weeks, and that should be a great matchup.”
On the other side, El Camino looks to get back to its winning ways next week as they travel to play the Vista Panthers (2-4).
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The La Costa Canyon Mavericks (4-1) are on a mission Friday night to continue their climb towards the top of the mountain. To get there, LCC will need to knock-off the CIF San Diego Section’s no. 1 ranked El Camino Wildcats (5-0).
Fireworks can be expected both on and off the field, as El Camino’s homecoming festivities will surely make for a packed house in this heated battle for North County supremacy.
The Mavericks could have easily found themselves undefeated were it not for an opening season loss to Phoenix, AZ powerhouse Desert Vista. They currently reside as the CIF San Diego Section’s number 9 ranked team.
La Costa Canyon Head Coach Sean Sovacool will be relying upon the leadership of his senior defensive captain Paul Neuman;
“Paul is the undisputed leader of our team, doing an excellent job as our “mike” linebacker and playing some fullback as well. He is getting recruited from Ivy League schools and is a fantastic player and is our leading tackler,” said Sovacool.
El Camino, however, will be bringing an equally stalwart defense. Allowing an average of less than 12 points per game, the Wildcats have no intention of sharing the mountaintop anytime soon.
The Mavericks and Wildcats square off at El Camino High in Oceanside Friday night at 7 pm. Tune in to watch The Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30 pm for highlights!