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Mission Hills win sets up showdown

10/31/2014, 11:27pm PDT
By John Maffei

Grizzlies to face San Marcos next week for Avocado East League championship

— Mission Hills scored on its first five possessions Friday and was never threatened as the No. 5-ranked Grizzlies set up an Avocado East League first-place showdown next week against crosstown rival San Marcos with a 49-7 football win over Vista.

The win is the fourth in a row for Mission Hills (7-2, 3-0), which has outscored those opponents 218-17.

Vista (4-5, 1-2) had allowed just 106 points in its previous eight games.

The Grizzlies scored on a 28-yard pass from Dakota Miller to Martrel Holmes, a 3-yard run by Will Stricklin, a 12-yard run by Stricklin, a 50-yard pass from Miller to Holmes and a 31-yard pass from Miller to Dechaun Holiday and led 35-7 at the half.

“I was a little nervous coming into this game because I know how much my players enjoy facing San Marcos in the Discovery Bowl,” said Mission Hills coach Chris Hauser.

“I didn’t want us to get caught looking ahead. But the kids did a great job and took care of business. We played our brand of football.

“We know our strengths and we took advantage of them.”

Miller completed 9 of 12 passes for 172 yards and three TDs, all in the first half.

Freshman quarterback Jack Tuttle completed all three of his passes for 47 yards, including a 24-yard scoring strike to Holmes, while playing the entire second half.

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