St. Augustine Saints 16, Mission Hills Grizzlies 13

This Division 1 semifinal was a nailbiter until the end…literally it went down to the final 34 seconds. The story of the game goes something like this.

We start this one at the end of the 1st quarter, Angelo Peraza with the pass to Byron Cardwell who takes the ball 80 yards in for the score and the 6-0 Saints lead.

It’s not until the last minute of the 2nd quarter that the Grizzlies answer back, Jackson Oksnee with the handoff to Jake Cavanagh who reverses it to Skaii Donnell, who throws it to Jadan Washington who makes this stellar catch making it 7-6 Mission Hills.

3rd quarter now Mission Hills has the ball, but Oksnee is sacked in the endzone, and that is a safety. Saints go up 8-7.

But a couple minutes later Oksnee redeems himself as he fakes the handoff and zig zags his way into the endzone for the Grizzly lead, it is 13-8.

Next possession, the Saints duo of Peraza and Jake Cavanagh connect for the score and after a 2-point conversion it is 16-13.

But this is where things get interesting, 34 seconds left and Mission Hills goes for the field goal to force OT, Zeke Mata with the 22-yard attempt, and he misses.

The Saints take this one the final 16-13. They will face Helix in the Division 1 final next Friday night.

Preview: This Friday night at Mesa College, the Mission Hills Grizzlies will be traveling to face the St. Augustine Saints in this Division 1 Semifinal match up.

The visiting #9 seeded grizzlies are coming fresh off of an upset victory over #1 seeded La Costa Canyon and will be looking to continue their momentum in this big game as well. Mission Hills started off the season a little slow after facing top teams from out of the county, but ever since have been a force to be reckoned with against San Diego opponents and especially in the games that count.

The Saints are the #4 seed and are going into this matchup riding a three game winning streak including a close one against Steele Canyon last week.  But the Saintsmen have proven themselves as well against tough opponents all season and their strength will be tested this week against a strong Mission Hills team.

This is going to be on that goes down to the wire and could really be anyone’s game.

The game will start at 7 p.m. and the winner of this game will face the winner of the Helix v. Eastlake game next week.

You can watch the full highlights from this game on the Prep Pigskin Report at 11 p.m. You can also follow us during the week on social media for updates @KUSIPPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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