The Mission Bay High special teams were very special and its defense quite opportunistic Friday night.
The Buccaneers scored five times without the aid of its offense en route to a 48-17 victory over host La Jolla to improve to 7-1 overall.
“Our special teams have been great for us all year,” Mission Bay coach Willie Matson said. “Our defense is put together with good quickness and speed. We play a different type of defense.”
Mission Bay’s Max Pierre started the scoring with an electric 57-yard punt return, stepping out of three tackles while charging down the right sideline to score.
After the Vikings’ Trenton Fudge kicked a 22-yard field goal, Andre Petties-Wilson collected the ensuing kickoff and raced for an 86-yard touchdown return.
Pierre later recovered a fumble in the end zone to give the Bucs a 21-3 lead.
In the third quarter, Mission Bay’s Juan Bautista blocked a punt and returned it for a 10-yard touchdown, and Franklin Gaylord closed the scoring with a 30-yard interception return with four seconds left in the game.
Nicholas Plum threw a pair of touchdown passes to Lamarriel Taylor for the Bucs, who improved to 2-1 in the Western League.
La Jolla (3-5, 0-2) added a defensive TD of its own when Justin Cook caused a fumble with a sack and Demarco Bland picked it up and dashed 43 yards into the end zone in the fourth quarter.