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Carlsbad’s O-line, defense spark rout

10/25/2013, 11:57pm PDT
By Tom Saxe, Special to the U-T

Blockers pave the way for Lancers' triumph.

— Remember these names: Garrison Young, Vladyslav Korobkin, Vince Barone, Damian Minizzi, William Burke, Mika Wahlers and Chase Austin.

They play on the offensive line for Carlsbad High, and they had everything to do with the Lancers’ 35-7 Avocado West League victory on the road over El Camino at Herb Meyer Field on Friday night.

Well, not quite everything. The Lancers’ defense also held El Camino’s offense scoreless as the Lancers (6-2, 1-2) snapped a two-game losing streak.

Safety C.J. Simmons scored the Wildcats’ only touchdown when he scooped up a fumble and ran untouched 24 yards to the end zone with 1:04 left in the first half. What was intended to be a flare pass from Carlsbad quarterback Christian Chapman fell incomplete and was ruled a lateral and a fumble because Chapman threw the ball back toward his own goal line.

But enough about El Camino’s points. Carlsbad took a 7-0 lead with four minutes remaining in the first quarter when Marc Reina blocked a Wildcat punt and James Carver picked up the ball and took it 10 yards for a touchdown.

From then on, it was Dylan Rutledge show and, late in the game, the Damaris Pulido Christovale show as the two Carlsbad running backs rushed for a combined 220 yards — almost all of them right off the middle through quick holes opened by the Lancers’ line.

Rutledge finished the game with 159 yards and a 3-yard touchdown that gave Carlsbad a 13-0 lead with 5:54 left in the second quarter.

Rutledge, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound junior, accumulated 97 yards in the first half. The Lancers tacked on a 31-yard field goal by Garrett Snyder after Simmons’ touchdown and led 16-7 at the intermission.

Carlsbad added two touchdowns in the second half.

Just 4:56 into the third quarter, Hayden Mortimer caught a pass in the flat from Chapman and took it 73 yards to make it 23-7. Then, early in the fourth period, Kory Reid capped a Lancers drive on a 1-yard TD run.

Along with the blocked punt, Carver had 1.5 sacks for 12 yards for Carlsbad.

Kevin Kish intercepted a pass for El Camino, which fell to 4-4, 0-2 in league.

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