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Clutch grabs fuel San Pasqual’s win

10/19/2013, 4:36pm PDT
By John Maffei

Receptions help set up winning field goal in overtime.


San Pasqual's JaJuan Thomas made a number of big catches in the Eagles' win over Mission Hills.

Sebastian Tengan never saw “the biggest pass completion of my life.”
“I was flat on my back with two defenders on top of me,” the San Pasqual High quarterback said of a 17-yard hookup with JaJuan Thomas on a third-and-10 in the second overtime of Friday’s 13-10 win by the No. 2-ranked Eagles over No. 1 Mission Hills.
The Avocado East League game drew an overflow crowd at Mission Hills as fans filled every seat, stood ringing the field, and were packed three deep outside the stadium, standing along a fence that borders the parking lot.
“I heard the crowd roar and I knew something good happened,” Tengan said of the pass to Thomas.
What had happened was a sensational, one-handed reception between two defenders by Thomas.
It was a catch that moved the ball from the Mission Hills 25 to the 8 and helped cut a 42-yard field attempt to a game-winning 22-yarder by Cameron Miller.
“Best catch of the season,” said the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Thomas. “Honestly, the Mission Hills guys couldn’t have guarded me any better.
“This win is such a big step for us. I want to soak it all in.”
Thomas also had a 45-yard reception on San Pasqual’s touchdown drive and had a 28-yard catch on the Eagles’ first drive in OT that resulted in a field goal.
Thomas finished with seven catches for 122 yards while Tengan completed 17 of 24 for 214 yards.
A swarming Mission Hills defense held San Pasqual to 56 yards on 39 rushing attempts.
Mission Hills rushed 45 times for 112 yards while quarterback Connor Wynn completed 12 of 18 for 112 yards.
Mission Hills linebackers Fred Warner and Ricky Liuchan both finished with double-digit tackles, as did San Pasqual middle linebacker Kyle Hendrickson.
“San Pasqual has never played in a game pitting No. 1 vs. No. 2,” Eagles coach Tony Corley said. “And we’ve never played an overtime game.
“There were times I looked around, saw the huge crowd and thought about what a great game those people were seeing.”

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