Mission Bay quarterback Nicholas Plum, who threw six touchdown passes for the Bucs, takes aim at the Rancho Buena Vista defense.
Vista Mission Bay High quarterback Nicholas Plum threw six touchdown passes and Devonte Kinder scored his second of two touchdowns with 1:50 remaining in the game, lifting Mission Bay to a wild 56-49 victory Wednesday night in a San Diego Section Division II semifinal game.
The win sends the Buccaneers (12-1) to Qualcomm Stadium and the Division II championship game Monday against St. Augustine.
Mission Bay will be making its first section final appearance since winning the Division IV title in 2009.
Plum completed 18 of 27 passes for 457 yards, including four touchdown passes in the second half.
Lamarriel Taylor was on the receiving end of three of those TD passes covering 8, 11 and 7 yards. Andre Petties-Wilson had a 60-yard scoring reception in the first half and a 52-yard TD catch that tied the game at 49-49 with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter. He finished with 11 catches for 307 yards.
Mission Bay has now won seven straight games under longtime coach Willie Matson, including a 21-18 stunner over top-seeded Madison last week in the quarterfinals to avenge the Bucs’ only loss of the season.
RBV’s Ray Garcia, who scored four touchdowns last week in a playoff victory over Mount Miguel, had TD runs of 52 and 14 yards for the hosts in a matchup of Nos. 5 and 8 seeds.
The loss spoiled a championship season for Rancho Buena Vista (9-4), which had scored 105 points in its first two playoff wins. The Longhorns were the Avocado East League co-champions under second-year coach Paul Gomes, who led RBV to 15 wins in his first two seasons after the Longhorns went 0-10 in 2011.