CARLSBAD What looked like a certainty with less than eight minutes to play nearly turned into a last-minute upset.
San Pasqual High withstood that late rally, the game ending on a sack on the final play, to stave off La Costa Canyon for a 31-24 nonleague victory Friday night.
The win pushed the Eagles to 5-0 this season.
“We let up and they didn’t,” San Pasqual coach Tony Corley said. “Up 21, we took a breath and stopped playing football.
“Our offense played great. It established the run and we controlled the game.
“I can’t remember the last time we were 5-0. Maybe it was back in the early ’90s.”
But it could have been much worse.
Thanks to three long touchdown drives of 13, 13 and 11 plays, No. 4-ranked San Pasqual was leading by 21 points with 7:57 to play after Sebastian Tengan’s 1-yard TD run.
The rest of the way was almost a nightmare as the Mavericks (2-2) roared back with a pair of Jake Mann touchdown passes to Isaac Williams, the last one coming with just nine seconds to play.
After Williams recovered the onside kick, the Mavs got to the Eagles 38 before Michael Andrade’s sack of Mann ended the upset bid.
Mann was 22 of 37 for 243 yards and those two late touchdowns.
“We have to do a better job of finishing,” said San Pasqual running back Peter Ricardez, who had 31 carries for 150 yards and two first-half touchdowns. “We were lucky to get out of here with a win. Next time we might not be so lucky.
“It feels great to be 5-0. It’s a lot better than being 0-5.
“I’m not concerned about being 5-0 heading into the bye week. We’re only halfway through the season and it doesn’t matter if you’re undefeated now like it will in another eight weeks or so.”