SPRING VALLEY Ray Garcia didn’t even start on offense, focusing instead on his job as middle linebacker for Rancho Buena Vista. But an injury to key members of the Longhorns’ offense caused Garcia to pull double duty.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior was up to the task. He made his offensive debut late in the second quarter of Thursday’s San Diego Section Division II quarterfinals, leading the Longhorns to a 50-10 victory over host Mount Miguel.
Garcia scored four touchdowns and rushed for 165 yards on 19 carries.
Mount Miguel struck first when Josue Beas booted a 47-yard field goal after a scoreless first quarter.
The pivotal play of the game followed when the Matadors snapped the ball over punter Brad Moreno’s head. With the ball rolling around the Mount Miguel 12-yard line, Moreno kicked it through the end zone for a Rancho Buena Vista safety.
After that, the Longhorns (9-3) scored on their next three possessions. Two of those scores — both by Garcia — were set up by interceptions from Issac Estep and Shane McNary. The other touchdown was scored by Chad Woolsey as the Longhorns built a 23-3 halftime lead.
While the Longhorns looked crisp, Mount Miguel, which had a first-round bye, turned the ball over five times — three interceptions and two fumbles.