The Prep Pigskin Report North County Game of the week was fueled with emotion after the passing of Mission Hills defensive line coach Erik Quamme, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday.
Mission Hills (1-3, 1-0) clawed out a 24-21 win scoring a touchdown with just 11 seconds left in the game to beat Carlsbad (2-2, 0-1) and avoid going 0-4 for the first time in school history.
The last two minutes of the game saw the most scoring in the entire contest.
Lancers quarterback Keoni Quintana found University of Washington-commit Asa Turner in the flat to cut the Mission Hills lead to 17-14.
The Lancers then recovered the onside kick, only to score two plays later on a blown assignment as Quintana found a wide open Noah Vella, who raced to the end zone for a 21-17 lead.
The Grizzlies, fueled by the spirit of Coach Quamme, found enough left to come back from behind for the first time this season.
First Danny McMahon threw a perfect strike to Quinton Hadnot that took Mission Hills down to the 3-yard line.
That eventually set up the game-winning score on a quarterback sneak by junior QB Joey Armentrout for a 24-21 lead and their first win of the season.
Next week Mission Hills will host their fifth straight home game when Ramona comes to town, while Carlsbad will travel to San Marcos for an Avocado League affair.