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Hilltop makes loud opening ‘statement’

10/25/2013, 11:12pm PDT
By Kevin J. Farmer, Special to the U-T

Lancers quarterback connects on long pass play to set the tone.

— One play can often make the difference in a game.

The Hilltop Lancers set the tone for Friday night’s one-sided 41-0 South Bay League victory over host San Ysidro on their first offensive play from scrimmage.

Lancers quarterback Daniel Sanchez’s perfect read of the coverage enabled Hilltop to score all the points it would need.

Pinned back at his own 6, Sanchez found Isaiah Dillon wide open behind the secondary. He raced up the sideline for a 7-0 lead.

“Our coach wanted to make a statement, and when I saw there was a mismatch, I knew had to go to (Dillon),” said Sanchez. “It was just a quick read.”

Five plays later, the Lancers (7-1, 1-0) would hit pay dirt again.

A 49-yard interception return by Christian Sandoval set up a 10-yard TD run by Jake Alvarado and a quick 14-0 lead.

Hilltop added three second-quarter scoring runs for a commanding 35-0 halftime margin.

Drake Madarang (8 carries, 48 yards, two TDs), the county’s third-leading rusher, scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards. Kameron Smith added a 7-yard score.

“Our ‘D’ played well, we scored a lot of points and even our special teams performed well,” said Hilltop coach Cody Roelof. “We put all three together.”

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