Week 5: Vista Panthers 49, Mt. Carmel Sundevils 17
The Vista Panthers’ offense proved strong Friday night with a 49-17 win over the Mt. Carmel Sundevils, racking up over 500 yards of total offense and a hat trick performance from fullback David Flores.
The Sundevils got on the board first with a 20-yard field goal from Josh Smith, but their 3-0 lead over the Panthers didn’t last long.
Running back Desmond Taua took control of Vista’s next drive, rushing 16-yards to place the Panthers on Mt. Carmel’s one-yard line. He’d take it to the house the following snap, putting the Panthers up 7-3 with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter.
With momentum on their side, the Panthers never looked back finishing the victory over the Sundevils, 49-17.
David Flores was a big factor in Vista’s success Friday night, rushing for 173-yards on 15 carries and scoring four touchdowns. The 6-foot bulldozer had a 1,100-yard season last year with 13 touchdowns and continues to prove week after week why he’s one of the county’s top fullbacks.
Vista (3-2, 1-0) will head back home for Week 6 of the Prep Pigskin Report, hosting the Poway Titans (4-1, 1-0), who currently hold the No. 1 spot in the Palomar League. Mt. Carmel (2-3, 0-1) will travel north to San Marcos High School next week for a non-conference matchup.
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PREVIEW – This Friday at 7 p.m., the Mt. Carmel Sundevils have a home conference game against the Vista Panthers.
This season has looked promising for both teams, which have an identical record of 2-2.
In the past two games, Vista has only allowed nine points and has scored an impressive 102 points.
While both teams prove to be defensively talented, Vista’s results show the Panthers to be more of a force to be reckoned with offensively.
Two players Mt. Carmel will have to keep their head on the swivel for are quarterback Travis Bennett and running back Desmond Taua. Proven in their game against Morse, these two Panthers seem to be an impeccable pairing.
With a more defensive style of play and keeping their opponents side of the scoreboard low, Mt. Carmel should have no problem shutting down the pairing.
As proven in previous games, Vista should worry about Mt. Carmel’s defensive back Adam Robles and senior linebacker Ajani Shelton, who have racked up plenty of game-changing tackles.
It comes down to this simple question: Which team will be hungrier for the win on Friday night?
Although it’s only Week 5, this game holds importance as it could have playoff implications.
Tune into KUSI at 11 p.m. this Friday for game highlights and more.