Mission Bay's Derrick Clark had two explosive touchdowns for the Bucs in Friday's win over Fallbrook.
After getting pummeled in the final two games of the regular season by superior opposition, Mission Bay used a bye week to steel itself for its Division III quarterfinal matchup against Fallbrook.
The Buccaneers are known for their athleticism and skill players on offense, but they used a little bit of everything Friday night as they routed the Warriors 62-35.
Mission Bay’s defense scored four touchdowns, something that hadn’t happened all season. Four Bucs each scored twice in the game, which also hadn’t been done.
Jhavari Ransom was in the right place at the right time twice for interceptions, and took them to the house for TDs in the first half to make it 20-0.
Fallbrook’s Parker Martin scored two rushing TDs to trim the Bucs’ lead to 20-14 at the half. But Mission Bay adjusted and shut him down in the second half.
Running back and Cal commit Derrick Clark sent Mission Bay on its way with two explosive scores, followed by Jack Lashchuk’s fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Lashchuk gave the credit to Eligha Lewis, who forced the fumble. In the fourth quarter, Lashchuk swatted a pass at the line, caught it and ran 35 yards for the exclamation point score to cap Mission Bay’s night. “When you get your butt kicked, sometimes you want to get right back out there,” Bucs coach Willie Matson said.
Niegil Harness-Anderson was the fourth player with two scores for Mission Bay. He ran one in from 24 yards and took a screen pass from Jaiden Correa 46 yards for the other.