Week 4 North County Game of the Week: Carlsbad Lancers 17, Mission Hills Grizzlies 7
A tough fought battle between Mission Hills and Carlsbad ended with the Lancers on top, winning 17-7. A low scoring game, all thanks to the Carlsbad defense.
The Grizzlies were the first to get on the board. Skai Donnell returns a punt from 33 yards out and Mission Hills leads 7-0, and that would be the last time the Grizzlies would hold the lead and the last touchdown for Mission Hills on the night.
The Lancers didn’t take long to tie up the game. Mazlo Norwood breaks through multiple tackles to get Carlsbad to the 2-yard line and adds 49 yards to his rushing record. DJ Young gets the Lancers on the board with a quick 2-yard touchdown and just like that the game is tied at 7. Soon after DJ Young finds the end zone again and the Lancers take the 14-7 lead.
Before the half, Wyatt Hawkins gets the 39-yard field goal to put Carlsbad ahead 17-7, and that’s where the scoring stops and the Lancer defense takes over.
Dual threat wide receiver/ defensive back Noah Vella stops the Grizzlies from getting another touchdown as he gets the intercepting in the end zone. Carlsbad senior defensive end Dylan Quinn finishes the night with four sacks, recovered two fumbles and had one interception. The Grizzlies were intercepted three times throughout the night.
Mission Hills hits the roach again as they head out to Ramona to take on the Bulldogs. Carlsbad will have another home game, this time against San Marcos.
PREVIEW: The North County Game of the Week takes us to Carlsbad High School where the Lancers are taking on the Mission Hills Grizzlies in Week 4 of the Prep Pigskin Report. This match-up will be the first conference game for both Mission Hills and Carlsbad in the 2019 season.
The Lancers are coming off their first loss of the season, losing 35-16 to Lawndale. However, Carlsbad beat Hart, from Newhall, and Millikan, from Long Beach. This is the first matchup where Carlsbad will face a team from San Diego in the 2019 season.
The Lancers return seven starters on offense with four of those athletes playing on the offensive line.
Wide receiver Cole Wright will be the main target for the Carlsbad, along with wide receiver Noah Vella.
The Lancer defense is stacked with nine returning starters, including the dual-threat duo of Wright and Vella. In 2018, the Lancer defense allowed only 192 points in 10 games.
On the other side of the field, the Mission Hills Grizzlies are coming off a 52-7 win against Redlands East Valley. The Grizzlies have also outscored Westlake High School but suffered their first loss against Palos Verdes in the opening game of the season.
Mission Hills’ offense is big physically and has the team speed other teams are looking for, returning six starters on both sides of the ball.
Don’t be surprised if you see wide receiver Quinton Hadnot playing on defense as well as gaining yards and scoring touchdowns. As a junior Quinton has close to 70 tackles and four interceptions.
Quarterback Jackson Oksnee only has six games under his belt on the Grizzlies varsity team, three of which coming from the 2018 playoff run and the other three to start this season.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. this Friday night at Carlsbad High School. Make sure to catch the highlights of this game and 27 other games on the Prep Pigskin Report starting at 10:45 p.m. on the PPR 1st and 15 and follow us on @RedJacketArmy on all social media platforms.