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Mavericks pull out win in fourth quarter

10/11/2013, 11:32pm PDT
By Rick Hoff, Special to the U-T

Trailing by nine points, LCC turned to its leading Mann in final period.

— Trailing by nine points in the fourth quarter, the La Costa Canyon High football team turned to its leading Mann.

Senior quarterback Jake Mann ignited a pair of fourth-period scoring drives, leading the Mavericks to a 21-16 victory Friday night over El Camino in the Avocado West League opener for both schools at Herb Meyer Stadium.

La Costa Canyon (4-2) trailed 16-7 after a quick turn of events late in the third quarter, beginning with a bad snap into the end zone that resulted in a safety when Anthony Taele tackled Duke Mackle. When El Camino sophomore Dreshawn Epps returned the ensuing free kick for an 80-yard touchdown, the hosts had a nine-point advantage that carried into the fourth quarter.

A fumble recovery by El Camino’s Edward Smith gave the Wildcats the ball with good field position at the LCC 30-yard line, but El Camino quarterback Sergio Lopez was intercepted in the end zone on the next play by James Ratcliff. The Mavs’ offense then turned to three scrambling runs by Mann that covered 27, 34 and 19 yards, the latter going for a score with 10:35 remaining.

The Mavs sealed the outcome with a 10-play, 68-yard yard scoring drive to the winning points, which came on a 19-yard scamper by Cade Jackson with 3:02 left in the fourth quarter.

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