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Mission Hills takes charge early

09/25/2015, 11:26pm PDT
By Tom Saxe

No. 1-ranked Grizzlies have little trouble with Escondido

Sophomore quarterback Jack Tuttle led the Mission Hills offense

— 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.

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