CARLSBAD It would have been easy for La Costa Canyon to look past Vista on Friday, knowing that a matchup with Oceanside for Avocado West League supremacy loomed next week.
The Mavericks knew, however, that getting ahead of themselves could kill their chances for a league title, and they took care of business Friday in beating the Panthers, 21-7. LCC improved to 6-2 and 3-0 in league, and will visit the Pirates (7-2, 3-0) for both teams’ final league game next week.
“Our kids are pretty disciplined, and we play one week at a time,” Mavericks coach Sean Sovacool said. “We have a test. Oceanside is still the benchmark, and we’re looking forward to it.”
Jake Mann connected with Issac Williams for two touchdown passes, and the Mavericks took advantage of two Vista turnovers to win their fourth straight game.
LCC didn’t waste any time, as the first Mann-to-Williams scoring connection came on its fifth play from scrimmage, a 14-yard pass across the middle. After each team went three and out, LCC struck for its first defensive score of the season when Max Gornish picked up a Vista lateral and ran it back 44 yards untouched.
“Our defense has always been the strength of our team,” Williams said. “Getting that momentum from the defense really boosts the defense.”
Vista fell to 1-7 and 0-2 in league play.