Mira Mesa broke open a close game with short touchdown drives in the third and fourth quarters and intercepted a desperation heave late in the game to beat Morse 28-20 Friday night at Mira Mesa High School.
The Marauders (3-1) led 14-8 late in the third quarter when a bad snap on a Morse punt deep in its own territory gave Mira Mesa the ball at the 9-yard line. Two plays later, Mira Mesa quarterback Tristan Hughes threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jakob Stokes for a 21-8 lead.
The Marauders added to that lead early in the fourth quarter after stuffing a Morse (0-3) fake punt deep in Tigers territory. Marauders running back Lamar Raboteau took the handoff on first down, got stuffed running left and then reversed field to the right for a 30-yard touchdown run and a 28-8 lead.
Morse scored two touchdowns late and recovered an onside kick with under a minute to play, but Mira Mesa’s Jake Ambrose intercepted a desperation heave to seal the win.
The two sides combined for more than 20 penalties, something Mira Mesa head coach Gary Blevins talked about during the week.
“We made Mira Mesa history last week against Mt. Carmel,” Blevins joked on Wednesday. “We made that many mistakes and still won a game.”
Despite the penalties, the Marauders benefited from their opponent’s mistakes on Friday, forcing four second-half turnovers