Week 3: Mission Hills Grizzlies 52, Redlands East Valley Wildcats 7
It was all Grizzlies on Friday night, as Mission Hills defeated the Redlands East Valley Wildcats, 52-7.
Mission Hills was able to get on the board midway through the first quarter on a quarterback sneak from junior Jackson Oksnee.
From there on out, the Grizzlies defense came out firing on all cylinders, forcing three-and-outs and turnovers for the Wildcats all night long. On the first play of the following Wildcats’ possession, Grizzlies defensive back Elisha Lloyd read the pass play perfectly and returned it for a 20-yard score.
Mission Hills was able to force a three-and-out on the next Wildcats possession, as well. Grizzlies defensive back Torin Duffin blocked the punt, and his teammate, Jaiden Letua, was able to scoop up the ball and return it to the house.
In the second quarter, it was much of the same. Mission Hills’ defense would only surrender a first down or two before forcing another turnover.
The Grizzlies offense wasn’t too shabby on Friday night, either. After picking up 40 yards on a screen play, senior wideout Quinton Hadnot took the reverse end-around 33 yards for another score. This put the Grizzlies up 28-0 at the half.
The Grizzlies defense didn’t let up in the second half, as Redlands East Valley just wasn’t able to gain any type of momentum. Plus, the Mission Hills special teams showed how dangerous they can be.
In the third quarter, junior receiver Skai Donnell was able to catch the punt off the bounce and shake past multiple defenders as he waltzed into the end zone. The Wildcats were able to find the end zone late in the fourth quarter, but this one was already wrapped up.
Mission Hills gets the big win and moves to 2-1 on the season. The Grizzlies will travel to Carlsbad to take on the Lancers (2-1) next Friday. Redlands East Valley heads to Heritage to play the Patriots (1-2).
Week 3 of high school football action on the Prep Pigskin Report continues this Friday when the Mission Hills Grizzlies (1-1) welcome the Redlands East Valley Wildcats (0-2) to town.
The Grizzlies are coming off of a tough-fought game last week over the Westlake Warriors, in which they won, 25-21. Their offense showed off their big-play ability last week, having a handful of plays that gained big chunks of yardage.
For instance, in the first quarter last week, junior wide receiver Skai Donnell took a handoff 64-yards to the house to give Mission Hills a quick 6-0 lead. Then later in the second half, junior quarterback Jackson Oksnee was able to connect with senior wideout Joe Smith on a 55-yard touchdown pass.
The team also showed their grit and ability to come back, as they were down 21-11 with just seven minutes to go. The Grizzlies defense got the stops they needed, and their offense got the job done to take a late lead to win.
Expect for Mission Hills to keep looking down the field for big plays against Redlands East Valley this week. The Wildcats are coming down from San Bernardino county to play Mission Hills looking for a way to reverse the course of their season. After two tough losses, Redlands East Valley will be looking to return home with a win against Mission Hills on Friday.
Last week, in a 56-7 loss to La Habra, the Wildcats’ offense was spearheaded by senior running back Daylan Acevedo. Despite the lopsided score, Acevedo was still able to run 13 times for 151 yards and the Wildcats’ lone touchdown.
Week I saw the team fall to Santa Margarita, but junior quarterback Jeramiah Donahue was able to throw for 304 yards and two touchdowns.
Redlands East Valley can hope that both players can show up and produce at Mission Hills come Friday at 7 p.m.
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