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San Pasqual reaches new heights

10/18/2013, 11:59pm PDT
By John Maffei

Clutch field goal by Eagles kicker in OT delivers win over top-ranked Mission Hills.


San Pasqual running back Peter Ricardez breaks through the line for a gain in the first quarter against Mission Hills.

— Cameron Miller had never been in a bigger situation.

With a standing-room-only crowd looking on, the No. 1 ranking in the county and the lead in the Avocado East League on the line, the senior kicker split the uprights with a 22-yard field goal.

The kick gave the No. 2-ranked Eagles a stunning 13-10 upset of No. 1 Mission Hills in two overtimes Friday night.

The loss snapped Mission Hills’ eight-game winning streak over San Pasqual.

“There was a lot going through my mind,” said Miller, who made a 27-yard field goal in the first overtime.

“I’ve never had a bigger kick, never been in a bigger situation. There is no way you can simulate that kind of pressure in practice.”

Trailing 7-0 after three quarters, San Pasqual (7-0, 2-0) drew even on the second play of the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Peter Ricardez to cap an eight-play, 73-yard drive.

Both teams had chances to win the game with late field goals near the end of regulation, but Esteban Senteno’s 42-yard attempt with 2:19 to play was blocked.

San Pasqual lined up for a 48-yarder on the final play of regulation, but a Kyle Hendrickson attempt sailed wide left.

San Pasqual quarterback Sebastian Tengan threw for a career-high 236 yards.

Asked if he thought that run-first San Pasqual would have to throw for that many yards to beat Mission Hills (6-1, 1-1), Tengan said, “Yes. Because Mission Hills is that good.”

JaJuan Thomas caught six of Tengan’s passes for 112 yards.

He had a 45-yard reception on the touchdown drive, had a 28-yard catch on fourth-and-18 in the first overtime, and he made a highlight-reel, one-handed catch over two defenders in the second overtime that put the ball on the Mission Hills five.

“That was my best catch all year,” Thomas said.

“I’m just trying to soak all this in. “Beating No. 1, being No. 1 means everything. I’m trying to get a grasp on this.”

Mission Hills missed an opportunity in the second overtime, fumbling the ball away at the San Pasqual 8 with Jackson Lively recovering.

Mission Hills got off to a roaring start as Troy Warner intercepted Tengan’s first pass of the game to set the Grizzlies up at the San Pasqual 37.

Three plays later, Jordan Wynn hit Scott Higgins in the back of the end zone with an 18-yard scoring strike.

Justin Te’i recovered a fumble on San Pasqual’s next possession, but an 18-yard penalty killed the Mission Hills drive.

The rest of the half was a succession of punts and a missed opportunity by Mission Hills when Wynn was intercepted by Jack Hofstetter.

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