Week 8: La Costa Canyon Mavericks 30, Valley Center Jaguars 19

The La Costa Canyon Mavericks (6-1) were able to hold on for a big Homecoming Night victory against the Valley Center Jaguars (4-3), 30-19.

The Jaguars looked to their workhorse, running back Mateo Sinohui, early and often. But both of the team’s defenses came ready to play, making it tough for either offense to get anything going.

Sinohui was able to work things out a couple of first downs, but Valley Center’s offense stalled around mid-field twice.

The Mavericks defense started off incredibly aggressive, with two sacks in the opening quarter. The game remained scoreless going into the second quarter.

Sticking to the theme of defense, the first touchdown of the game came on that end.

The Mavericks were backed up deep in their own territory and fumbled the ball into their own end zone. The Jaguars recovered the ball, giving them a 6-0 lead after the extra point was missed.

With the score the same a few possessions later, Valley Center was in Maverick territory and was threatening to go up by two touchdowns.

LCC’s defense came through with a huge stop in the red zone, and the offense didn’t let the effort go to waste.

On the following possession, LCC drove down the field and scored on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Cole Miller to Aiden Lippert. The extra point was good, and the Mavs led 7-6.

La Costa Canyon’s Hunter Binney picks off a pass on the next possession to give the ball right back to his offense. This led to more points off of turnovers for the Mavs.

Cole Miller kept the ball on an option run and took it 21 yards to the house for his second touchdown of the day. Due to some great time management and an onside kick recovery, Valley Center got two field goals right before the half to make it a 14-12 game in favor of LCC.

La Costa Canyon added a field goal in the third quarter, and then an 80-yard touchdown run from running back Trent Dunn doubling up the score to 24-14 Mavericks.

The Jaguars showed very quickly that they have some big play ability of their own.

The following possession, Sinohui busted off a 44-yard run. That drive stalled, but a three-and-out from La Costa Canyon gave them the ball right back.

That’s where Jags quarterback KJ Mazzetti found his wideout Chrishawn Gordon for a 57-yard touchdown catch and run to bring the game within one possession at 24-19.

Valley Center had a chance to take the lead with under three minutes to go in the fourth and were starting to put a drive together. That’s when Mavericks linebacker Reese Wazny picked off a pass and returns all the way back into the red zone.

Dunn iced the game on an 8-yard run for his second touchdown of the night.

La Costa Canyon heads to Mission Hills next week, while Valley Center will look to stay above the .500 mark as they host San Pasqual.


PREVIEW

It may be a non-league game, but it’s sure to provide us with some great action on the gridiron this Friday when Valley Center Jaguars (4-2) head to La Costa Canyon to take on the Mavericks (5-1).

Valley Center comes into this game on fire. After a two-game losing streak earlier this season, the Jaguars have won three straight coming into this matchup with the Mavericks. They’ve outscored their last three opponents a combined 141-21, including last week’s 70-7 win against Fallbrook.

The Jags are a force to be reckoned with when they run the football with senior tailback Mateo Sinohui getting the bulk of the carries. With four games still left to go in the season, Sinohui has racked up a whopping 1,046 rushing yards with 16 touchdowns. Look for him to be the focus of the offense again on Friday.

La Costa Canyon has also been playing well this season. They started their season off very hot, winning their first five games. Their first loss came just last week when their offense was stifled by a tough San Marcos defense.

The Mavs didn’t back down from the challenge though, as their defense held their conference rival to just 12 points. They fell 12-8. In their victory over Oceanside two weeks ago, the team amassed over 300 yards rushing.

LCC head coach Sean Sovacool runs what some may call an unorthodox offense, so you never know who may be leading the team in yardage at the end of the night.

Expect guys like senior receiver Cole Miller, senior receiver Derek Miller, and senior quarterback/wideout Findlay Lumsden to be placed all over the field and be put in a position to make plays.

Friday night’s game will have plenty of trick plays, with a number of players throwing, catching, and running the ball.

For highlights, tune into the Prep Pigskin Report on KUSI Friday at 10:45 p.m. To get live updates throughout the game follow us on Twitter @RedJacketArmy.

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