Mission Hills senior Nehemiah McFarlin scores the first touchdown of the night for the Grizzlies, tying the game in the third quarter.
POWAY Good teams capitalize on mistakes.
And make no mistake, top-ranked Mission Hills is a good team.
The Grizzlies used a long, time-consuming drive, an interception for a touchdown and a pair of fumble recoveries and finally put away a stubborn Poway team 27-7 on Friday.
The only score of the first half came with 1:25 left to play when Poway’s Conor Boyle intercepted a Jack Tuttle pass and sprinted 61 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.
The second half, however, belonged to Mission Hills (4-0).
The Grizzlies drove 80 yards on 14 plays, using five ticks more than six minutes, scoring on a Nehemiah McFarlin 19-yard run.
After an exchange of punts, Mission Hills needed just four plays to go 45 yards with Tuttle hitting Bryan Barraza for 21 yards, then finding Tony Huebner wide open in the end zone for a 19-yard go-ahead score.
Poway (2-2) was still in the game, but Hevani Makihele recovered a Titans fumble at the Mission Hills 36 with 6:01 to play.
Still Poway had another chance, but on fourth-and-9 at its 36 with 1:20 to play, Daniel Rodriguez knifed through and stopped Jacob Gaines after a 5-yard gain.
McFarlin put the game away with a 41-yard TD on Mission Hills’ first play.
Will Stricklin put an exclamation point on the victory with a 24-yard interception return for a TD, giving Mission Hills two touchdowns in eight seconds.
McFarlin was the workhorse for Mission Hills rushing 30 times for 203 yards as the Grizzlies rushed for 249 yards and Tuttle threw for 109.
Poway rushed 30 times for 52 yards and threw for 51 yards.
Rodriguez, Stricklin, Makihele, Justus Te’i and Elijah Bulls played particularly well on defense for Mission Hills.