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Eagles get big games from pair of backs

09/20/2013, 11:42pm PDT
By John Maffei

Peter Ricardez (Mr. Inside), Grant Huffman (Mr. Outside) lead San Pasqual.

— San Pasqual High’s Mr. Inside (Peter Ricardez) and Mr. Outside (Grant Huffman) were more than Mt. Carmel could handle on Friday night.

Ricardez, running exclusively between the tackles from his fullback position, rushed for 122 yards and a pair of short touchdown runs on 26 carries.

Huffman, the left halfback for the No. 5-ranked and unbeaten Eagles, had runs of 32 and 19 yards, pass receptions for 36 and 29 yards and three TDs, plus a 42-yard kickoff return to lift San Pasqual to a 42-17 nonleague victory.

“Our offense is designed for Peter to pound it, and I’m the speedster outside,” Huffman said. “It’s up to me to use my legs, my speed and get up the field.

“The offensive line blocked really well, and our other halfback (Wes Echer) was lighting people up.”

The game, however, was closer than the score would indicate, as Mt. Carmel (3-1) trailed just 21-17 midway through the third quarter after Davion Fuller returned a kickoff 99 yards for a TD and Nathan Dunford nailed a 33-yard field goal.

It was all San Pasqual after that.

A Jackson Lively interception stopped a Mt. Carmel drive, and the Eagles drove 80 yards on 12 plays. The first 11 were runs before a 4-yard TD pass from Sebastian Tengan to Huffman.

A 7-yard Ricardez TD run capped a three-play, 50-yard drive to make it 35-17, then the Eagles’ defense got in the act.

Sam Lee recorded his third quarterback sack of the game, stripping Lucas Johnson of the ball. Kyle Hendrickson scooped it up at the 2-yard line and scored.

“Mt. Carmel is the best team we’ve played,” San Pasqual coach Tony Corley said. “They were very aggressive and made plays.

“In the second half, after their kickoff return, we played like we should have.

“We wanted to make a statement with the way we finished, and I think we did that.”

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