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El Camino Wildcats and Mission Hills Advance to CIF San Diego Championships

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El Camino QB Jaden Casey(7) scrambles away from Jordan Duson(12)

Oceanside CA— The El Camino Wildcats advance to the CIF San Diego Championship game after winning a thriller over the Oceanside Pirates at Herb Meyer Stadium, 49-42.
The win avenges the Wildcats loss to the cross-town rival Pirates, three weeks ago in the City Championship, and stops an eight-game losing skid against the Pirates including a 23-14 loss to Oceanside in the 2015 Championship game.

Chris Brown

Early on, it looked like a replay of the City Championship game where the Wildcats had trouble stopping the Oceanside rushing attack. The Pirates drove 80 yards, on their first possession and took a 7-0 lead with 6:48 left in the first quarter.
Kavika Tua

The Wildcats tied it up after a squib kick, on the kick-off, gave El Camino a short field. Senior RB, Chris Brown capped off the scoring drive with a 12-yard run around the left side.
El Camino had trouble containing Pirate Freshman RB Kavika Tua in the first match-up this year and he proved difficult to stop again in this game. The Pirates would go back on top in a four play drive featuring Tua who capped of the drive with a run up the middle.
Wildcat QB, Jaden Casey, who has been masterful in the two-minute drill this season would lead his team on a 52-yard drive and taking the ball in himself to tie the game at 14 with 1:33 left in the half.
On the first play from scrimmage after a touchback on the kick-off, Pirate QB/RB Kyrin Beachem found a seam down the right sideline and sprinted 79-yards before being brought down at the one. Kavika Tua took it in from there giving the Pirates the lead with 1:04 left in the half.
Kavika Tua scores from one yard out

1:04 is plenty of time for Casey who would strike again hitting a wide open Malachi Russell in the end zone as time ran out in the half to tie the game again at 21.
Beacham would hit Armand Fesili for a 20 yard touchdown to take a 28-21 lead in the third quarter.
Casey followed suit by hitting Malachi Russell again, this time for a 66 yard touchdown. The Wildcats would take their first lead late in the third quarter on Rense Garner’s run up the middle.
Wayne Steward takes the reception in for a touchdown

The Wildcats would double their lead taking advantage of Kyrin Beachem’s muffed punt return. Jaden Casey shook off two would be tacklers in the backfield, scrambled to his left and hit Wayne Steward at the four yard line and Steward took it in from there.
Kyrin Beachem made up for his miscue in the next series hitting a wide open, Armand Fesili for an 80 yard touchdown bringing the Pirates within 7.
Oceanside would tie it up once again when Kavika Tua powered the ball up the middle, with some help from the offensive line and taking what looked like half of the El Camino defense with him into the end zone.
Tied up at 42 with the clock winding down, it was time for Casey’s two-minute magic once again. The Wildcats drove down to the two yard line and with a little trickery and play acting, Casey lined up under center, with the lineman standing up, acted like he was giving instructions to his wide-outs when the center quick snapped the ball, catching the Pirates off guard and Casey followed the center, Nik Parker, in for the winning touchdown.
“It doesn’t matter how we do it, right? It’s just that you do it and we did it. We are going to the Championship,” said first year El Camino Head Coach, Michael Hobbs after the game. “Our guys never gave up no matter what happened. I told them before the game that this was going to be a tough one. No matter what happens, when adversity hits you, how do you react? Our kids just continued to fight. We never had our heads down. You saw it on our sideline that these kids believed we were going to win this game. When they scored a touchdown, not matter what happened, they still believed we were going to win this game and we did. We got it.”
The number one seed, El Camino Wildcats will travel way, way down south to Southwestern College for the title game against the number two seed, Eastlake. The 10-2 Titans advance after their home win over the Carlsbad Lancers, 24-21. Carlsbad ends their season at 6-6.
 

Jack Tuttle’s 2nd half Miracle Magic sparks Mission Hills to CIF Open Division Finals

By David A. Willauer

Things went right early for the Torrey Pines Falcons as they took a 10-0 lead over the undefeated Mission Hills Grizzlies, on a blocked punt return of 30 yards by Quinton Smith and a fumble recovery where they settled for a 38 yard field goal by Justin Kaplan.
In the second half, the Grizzlies cut the Falcon lead to 10-7 as Jack Tuttle, 19 of 33 attempts for 197 yards, threw a 10 yard pass to Chris Olave (9 carries for 91 yards) with the PAT good. Damon Wigand (19 carries for 116 yards) followed with a touchdown scoring on a 6 yard run put the Grizzlies up for their first lead of the game,14-10.
The Falcons regained the lead at 17-14 as QB, Jason Henke ,14 carries for 40 yards, scored on a 6 yard run with the PAT good.
With 1:12 left in the ballgame, the Utah bound Mission Hills QB, Jack Tuttle known for his passing and scrambling, threw a 16 yard pass to Quinton Hadnot for the final score 20-17.
Coach Chris Hauser: ” Twice we came back after falling behind because of our turnovers, Torrey Pines made the plays they did but we battled from 2 scores down to get the lead. Give credit to our kids for the fight that they showed. After they blocked the punt on us and made the big play for their first score, we had 2 holding penalties which took our initial flame away but that is part of the game”
On Jack Tuttle’s 10 yard pass to Chris Olave for the 10-7 score; Those two have worked so well together and have a tendency to look for each other.”
These 2 teams played during the regular season at Torrey Pines as Mission Hills won by a 24-23 score.
Jack Tuttle on his performance: “It feels good to get the win tonight as we played a good team in Torrey Pines, after trailing 10-0, I felt that we could win the game tonight as things always happen.”
On the 2 touchdown passes of 10 yards to Chris Olave and to 16 yard to Quinton Hadnot; ” They were fantastic plays for us but give credit to our offensive line. They did a good job blocking that’s how we won the ballgame.”
The Grizzlies of Mission Hills will be appearing in their 3rd trip to the CIF Open Division Finals(2nd Open Division Final). In 2013 Mission Hills defeated Oceanside 36-14 for the Open Division Finals, lost to Eastlake in 2012 by a score of 21-14 in the Division I Finals. Mission Hills will take on perennial powerhouse, Helix who beat San Marcos in the other semi-final match-up, 62-14.

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El Camino Wildcats and Mission Hills Advance to CIF San Diego Championships