Mission Hills Grizzlies 14, La Costa Canyon Mavericks 0
Defense was the name of the game Friday night for ninth seed Mission Hills who upset La Costa Canyon 14-0.
The No. 1 seeded Mavericks have struggled on offense the past several weeks without their star running back Karson Lippert who has been out with a torn ACL. This is back-to-back games La Costa Canyon has been shut out at home.
Both teams had a difficult time jumpstarting their offense the first quarter, but Mission Hills’ Quinton Hadnot put matters into his own hands on the first play of the second quarter.
The 6-foot junior returned the Mavericks’ punt 34-yards, placing the ball in red zone territory. Hadnot’s return set up a one-yard keeper for Joey Armentrout to put the Grizzlies up 7-0 with just over ten minutes to go in the first half.
Several minutes later, Mission Hills extended their lead over La Costa Canyon 14-0 with a three-yard touchdown from Jason Boyle. Boyle recovered a fumble a few plays earlier on defense after a bad snap from La Costa Canyon.
The Mavericks were not able to answer back, falling 14-0.
The Grizzlies will travel to Saint Augustine (8-3) next week to take on the No. 4 seeded Saints in the Division I semifinals.
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PREVIEW: It’s crazy how fate works.
Rewind back to Week 9 and you’ll remember that dozens of games throughout San Diego County were canceled due to lightning. One of those games was an Avocado League matchup—La Costa Canyon versus Mission Hills.
With 16 seconds left in the first quarter, La Costa Canyon was up seven points thanks to a fumble in the end zone that was recovered by Brett Maryon. The game was called before the start of the second quarter after being plagued by severe weather.
Four weeks later, the stars have aligned and they’re making up Week 9’s game, but with more implications this time. Whoever wins Friday night’s contest will move onto the Division I semifinals.
No. 9 Mission Hills (3-6, 2-3) upset No. 8 seeded Rancho Bernardo last Friday with a 20-13 victory thanks to Jackson Oksnee, a sophomore quarterback who had not played a single down of varsity football all season. With Joey Armentrout in concussion protocol, Oksnee made his varsity debut in the biggest game all season.
How’d he do? Let the stats speak for himself.
The sophomore completed 12-of-15 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown, helping Mission Hills rally from a six-point deficit at the half.
La Costa Canyon (6-3, 2-3) heads into this week coming off a bye, perks of being the No. 1 seed, having two extra weeks of preparation.
The Mavericks are headlined by Karson Lippert, arguably one of the fastest prep athletes in San Diego County. Unfortunately, Lippert tore his ACL several weeks back and won’t be suiting up this Friday.
Last season, the star running back had 93 carries for 930-yards and 11 touchdowns in only five and a half games of action. Lippert received several offers from universities around the country, but announced last month that he will be continuing his academic and athletic career at Stanford University for track and field.
Another two players to watch out for this Friday is junior linebacker Austin “Ozzie” Nicholas and senior offensive lineman Luka Trifunovic.
Nicholas finished the 2017 football season with First-Team All Avocado League honors, garnering two Division 1 offers from University of California-Berkeley and San Diego State University. While holding over a 4.0 GPA, the junior is on track to becoming one of the most explosive linebackers in San Diego County.
Trifunovic also received All Avocado League honors last season and is expected to have another standout year. Standing at 6-foot-5, the junior adds length to the offensive line.
In game history, these two teams have crossed paths only five times, not including Week 9’s no contest. Mission Hills leads the serioes 3-2, with their most recent victory coming last season.
Who will come out victorious Friday night and move to the semifinals? Only time will tell.
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