Sophomore quarterback Jack Tuttle led the Mission Hills offense
SAN MARCOS According to Yogi Berra, who died this week at age 90, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Not always. No. 1-ranked Mission Hills’ 42-3 victory over visiting Escondido on Friday night was over by halftime.
This one was 35-0 at the break after Jack Tuttle threw for three touchdowns as the Grizzlies advanced to 5-0 and the Cougars fell to 0-5.
David Bautista returned punts 30 and 39 yards to set up Nehemiah McFarlin’s 2-yard touchdown run and Tuttle’s 11-yard TD pass to Sam Cooke as the Grizzlies jumped in front 14-0 in the first quarter.
Tuttle’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Tony Huebner, Christian Esqueda’s 2-yard TD run and Tuttle’s 19-yard touchdown pass to McFarlin put Mission Hills up by 35.
Only five open-field tackles by the Cougars’ David Parks kept the halftime score from being even more one-sided.
McFarlin rushed for 120 first-half yards on 11 carries before leaving the game.
Tuttle, the sophomore half of coach Chris Hauser’s two-quarterback rotation, went wire-to-wire and was 9-for-14 passing for 161 yards.
Tuttle had only one completion in the second half, which went for 50 yards to set up Desmond Wright’s 7-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.
Mission Hills’ bye week is next week and the Grizzlies will host Oceanside the following Friday night.