Vista's Nick Borja bulls into the end zone for a touchdown against Olympian.
VISTA JT Trevino, who had completed just one pass while playing sparingly this season, was thrust into the breach Friday night.
But the Vista junior quarterback delivered, leading the Panthers to a 35-14 win over Olympian in the first round of the San Diego Section Division I playoffs.
The game was delayed 40 minutes at the start when the Olympian buses got caught in Friday night traffic.
Vista (6-5), seeded No. 6 and in the playoff for the first time after back-to-back 2-8 seasons, now meets No. 3-seeded St. Augustine (5-5) in the quarterfinals.
Olympian finishes the season 4-7.
Trevino entered the game two plays into the second quarter after Panthers starting quarterback Nate Johnson was ejected.
Johnson, who had three rushes for 73 yards in the game, including runs of 23 and 45 yards, scrambled for a 5-yard gain on his third rush.
He got tangled with some Olympian defenders, twisted an ankle and apparently retaliated.
Trevino, who had completed just 1 of 10 in five games this season, took over on the next Vista series after a shanked punt gave the Panthers the ball at the Olympian 12.
On his third play, Trevino hit Nick Borja with a 10-yard swing pass for a touchdown, giving Vista a 14-7 lead.
While Trevino wasn’t spectacular, he managed the game beautifully for the Panthers, leading his team to four scores.
The Panthers padded the lead after Logovii Sialoi recovered an Olympian fumble at the Eagles’ 48.
Trevino led Vista on an 11-play drive with Anthony Kuchinsky going the final 10 yards for the score.
Olympian opened the second half strong, going 76 yards on just six plays. The Eagles picked up 45 yards on a Gary Cannon-to-Ade Gills completion and scored on a 19-yard run by Will Lampkin after a chop-block penalty was waved off.
Vista failed to take advantage of a fumbled punt that was recovered at the Olympian 10 by Abraham Lopez. Three plays netted 2 yards and a 27-yard field goal try never got off the ground after a bad snap.
The Panthers forced an Olympian punt and it took only two plays to cover 43 yards.
Ralph Hatcher, who hadn’t had a carry the entire the entire game and had just 18 carries for 87 yards on the season, picked up 43 yards, including 34-yard run around the left side.
Vista put the game away early in the fourth quarter when Zach Morel picked off a Cannon pass at the Olympian 39.
Hatcher was the big man again for Vista, busting off a 52-yard run, breaking several tackles, and getting to the Olympian 1.
Hatcher got the call again, and again broke tackles as he bulled in for the scored that put the Panthers up 35-14.
Hatcher finished with seven carries for 104 yards. Kuchinsky did the heavy lifting, gaining 95 yards on 25 carries as Vista rushed for 279 yards and threw for 26.
The Vista defense, led by Patrick Renner, Zac Lofting and Daniel Equihau, held Olympian to zero or minus yards on 12 plays and to one yard on five others.
Cannon completed 7-of-13 passes for 130 yards but was sacked four times, twice each by Renner and Lofting.
Ed Galloway, thanks to a 75-yard, first-quarter run, led the Eagles with seven carries for 104 yards.
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