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Bucs use ‘special’ plays to top Vikes

10/25/2013, 11:08pm PDT
By Doug Sherwin, Special to the U-T

Mission Bay special teams very special and team's defense quite opportunistic.

The Mission Bay High special teams were very special and its defense quite opportunistic Friday night.

The Buccaneers scored five times without the aid of its offense en route to a 48-17 victory over host La Jolla to improve to 7-1 overall.

“Our special teams have been great for us all year,” Mission Bay coach Willie Matson said. “Our defense is put together with good quickness and speed. We play a different type of defense.”

Mission Bay’s Max Pierre started the scoring with an electric 57-yard punt return, stepping out of three tackles while charging down the right sideline to score.

After the Vikings’ Trenton Fudge kicked a 22-yard field goal, Andre Petties-Wilson collected the ensuing kickoff and raced for an 86-yard touchdown return.

Pierre later recovered a fumble in the end zone to give the Bucs a 21-3 lead.

In the third quarter, Mission Bay’s Juan Bautista blocked a punt and returned it for a 10-yard touchdown, and Franklin Gaylord closed the scoring with a 30-yard interception return with four seconds left in the game.

Nicholas Plum threw a pair of touchdown passes to Lamarriel Taylor for the Bucs, who improved to 2-1 in the Western League.

La Jolla (3-5, 0-2) added a defensive TD of its own when Justin Cook caused a fumble with a sack and Demarco Bland picked it up and dashed 43 yards into the end zone in the fourth quarter.

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