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Mission Hills plays like No. 1 in romp over Carlsbad

09/15/2017, 10:05pm PDT
By John Maffei

With speed everywhere, Mission Hills had receivers running free in the Carlsbad secondary. And Grizzlies quarterback Jack Tuttle took full advantage.

The Utah-bound senior completed 16 of 22 passes for 242 yards and four TDs as No. 1 Mission Hills beat No. 5 Carlsbad 35-7 Friday in the Avocado League football opener for both sides.

"We overcame some bumps and bruises early," Tuttle said. "I need to be a little more consistent. But I have great receivers. Chris Olave is amazing. He makes it easy to be a quarterback.

"I'm so proud of Maurice Jones and how hard he works. Sometimes, our other guys get overlooked.

"I have a lot of options, and it's great to have options."

The Grizzlies (3-0) went 80 yards in eight plays for the game’s first score, a 31-yard pass from Tuttle to Olave.

Olave would finish with eight catches for 148 yards and ran the ball once for 14 yards.

A 49-yard Tuttle to Olave hookup set up the second score, a 7-yard run by Damon Wigand.

After recovering a fumble by Carlsbad (2-1), Wigand finished a 40-yard drive with a 7-yard TD run.

Just before the half, Mission Hills needed just 39 seconds to cover 76 yards with Tuttle finding Maurice Jones wide open down the middle for a 27-yard TD. Tuttle and Olave had a 27-yard hookup on the drive.

Mission Hills scored on its first drive of the second half on a 33-yard pass from Tuttle to Jones.

Jones finished with six catches for 83 yards and Wigand rushed for 74 yards on 14 carries.

"We have some weapons," said Mission Hills coach Chris Hauser. "Teams got a lot of looks of Chris Olave on tape, so Carlsbad was paying him a lot of attention.

"Now we have other guys ... Maurice and Damon. Jack underthrew one route early in the game and took a sack that might have been prevented. But it's early and we're still learning. And the offensive line is growing as a unit."

Mission Hills didn't allow a score until the fourth quarter and held Carlsbad to 55 yards rushing and 140 yards passing.

"Our defensive line is big, strong and nasty," Hauser said."Shilo Seau is the big man in the middle and he makes centers nervous."

john.maffei@sduniontribune.com

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