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Escondido junior steps up big time

08/30/2013, 11:14pm PDT
By Ed Wehde, Special to the U-T

After their starting running back left with an injury, the Cougars needed someone to take over.

    After starting running back Louie Jacobs left with an injury, Escondido needed someone to step up, and Josh Navarro leapt forward.
    The junior ran for a game-high 115 yards and two scores to lead the Cougars past Rancho Bernardo 21-7 in the season opener for both teams at Escondido’s Chick Embrey Field on Friday.
    The Cougars have now beaten the Broncos in consecutive opening-day contests.
    Escondido quarterback Mitch Grimes (3-for-10, 93 yards) completed only two passes through the first three quarters, but they were both big ones — 43- and 49-yard strikes to Quenton Todd to set up the Cougars’ first two scores, a pair of 1-yard TD runs by Navarro.
    Junior Dominic Taylor’s 5-yard TD run with 1:44 left in the game sealed the win.
    After an evenly played first half, the teams went to the break tied at 7 on a pair of short, second-quarter TD runs.
    Rancho Bernardo senior Mike Searson, who completed 15-of-33 throws for 139 yards on the night, capped an 80-yard, 13-play drive with a 1-yard plunge to put the Broncos ahead with 5:51 left in the half.
    Escondido came right back, driving 80 yards in nine plays to tie the game on Navarro’s 1-yard run with 1:09 left.

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