There was a time when Vista dominated the football series against San Marcos.
Not any longer.
San Marcos, ranked No. 10 in the San Diego Section in the preseason poll, took most of the first half to get going before roaring past the Panthers 38-22 in the regular season opener Friday night.
“That game started a little slowly before we finally picked it up,’’ said San Marcos’ junior quarterback Miles Hastings, who was 21-for-31 passing for 242 yards and two touchdowns. “Offensively, we wanted to move the ball better than we did.
“There are still some things we have to work on. I think the little things we messed up because we were nervous for the opener we will fix.’’
The win was the fifth consecutive victory over the Panthers, who still lead the series by a 14-8 margin.
“I know Vista was a powerhouse,’’ said Hastings. “I know when I was at Torrey Pines they always beat us.’’
Holding a 14-10 lead at halftime, the Knights (1-0) scored three times in the third quarter on two Ethan Cline runs and a 3-yard touchdown toss to Josh Bornes by Hastings for a 35-10 lead.
At one point, Vista played nine defensive backs against Hastings.
“I’ve never seen that,’’ Hastings said. “It was worse than playing 7-on-7.
“When I looked up, it looked as if the whole team was back there. Next time, we’ll get Bornes going sooner.’’
San Marcos wide receiver Kyle Philips, who is heading to UCLA next year, caught eight passes from Hastings for 141 yards and one touchdown, a 13-yard toss in the second quarter to cap off a nine-play, 66-yard drive for the Knights’ first score of the game.
Monahan is a freelance writer.