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San Pasqual takes to air to beat Carlsbad

11/27/2013, 10:54pm PST
By John Maffei

Eagles diversify from usual ground-oriented attack.

— The San Pasqual Eagles’ offense took flight Wednesday night.

The ground-oriented, triple-option Eagles gashed Carlsbad with the pass, throwing for 148 yards on the way to a 28-14 win in the San Diego Section Division I semifinals.

The win earns the top-seeded Eagles (11-1) a trip to Qualcomm Stadium for Monday’s 2 p.m. championship game against No. 3-seeded Cathedral Catholic. It’s San Pasqual’s first title-game appearance since 2000.

Fourth-seeded Carlsbad finishes 9-3.

San Pasqual dominated the first half, leading 21-7. The Eagles ran 38 plays to Carlsbad’s 15. Of those 38 plays, 16 were part of a controlled passing game with quarterback Sebastian Tengan and JaJuan Thomas playing pitch-and-catch.

At the half, Tengan was 13 of 16 for 148 yards, with nine passes going to Thomas.

The Eagles threw just twice in the second half.

“Carlsbad was giving it to us, so we took it,” San Pasqual coach Tony Corley said of the passes. “We have a quarterback who throws a good ball and a receiver who can catch it.”

San Pasqual drove 75 yards on 11 plays with the opening kickoff, scoring on a 26-yard pass from Tengan to Grant Huffman.

After forcing a Carlsbad punt, San Pasqual went 45 yards on eight plays with Peter Ricardez going the final yard.

Carlsbad scored with 2:55 to go in the half on an 18-yard Valentine Macedo run.

San Pasqual went 80 yards on 10 plays, scoring with 22 seconds left in the half on a 4-yard run by Tengan.

Carlsbad pulled within 28-14 with 9:30 to play and had San Pasqual backed up on its 6 with 1:40 to play.

Wes Escher’s punt was blocked, but he picked the ball up and ran to near midfield to end Carlsbad’s hopes.

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