Christian receiver Kai Arvan catches a pass for one of three touchdowns he scored against Hilltop.
el cajon The Hilltop Lancers were determined to stop the East County’s leading rusher in Paris Miller during Friday’s San Diego Section Division III semifinal at Granite Hills High.
The Lancers were somewhat successful, limiting Miller to 62 yards on 18 carries.
But they did not have an answer for Patriots quarterback Michael Carrillo and unsung receiver Kai Arvan, as Christian advanced to the finals with a 28-13 victory over the Lancers. The Patriots will face San Marcos for the championship on Dec. 7.
Carrillo, who completed 18 of 23, connected with Arvan for touchdowns of 17, 53 and 3 yards, giving the senior 31 TD passes this season.
Perhaps the most startling statistic for Carrillo — he has thrown only one interception in 331 attempts. For the season he has completed 216 passes for 2,439 yards.
“That’s one of the best jobs of receiving I’ve ever seen,” Carrillo said of Arvan, who caught eight passes for 176 yards. “We knew that they were going to try to take away the run, and they did a pretty decent job of that. But that opened up our passing game.”
Christian came into the game having scored a San Diego Section-best 516 points in 11 games — an average of 46.9 points. It’s difficult to peg the Patriots as a running or a passing team because they do both so well.
“Their corners played up so we tried to beat them deep,” Arvan said. “But then later they brought a safety over and we had to make some adjustments.”
Hilltop (10-2) limited seven opponents to eight points or less this season but had trouble containing the versatile Patriots (11-1).
Christian took the lead in the first quarter when Miller dived over the big Hilltop line into the end zone from 1 yard out.