So far, no defense has found an answer to even slow down Mission Hills’ offense.
The No. 1-ranked team in the county continued its offensive roll Friday night with a 56-7 nonleague football victory over visiting Mater Dei Catholic.
Mission Hills (3-0) rolled up 319 yards in the first half and wound up with 512 yards of offense for the night.
Senior quarterback Jack Tuttle, who has committed to Utah, triggered another outburst, hitting 17-of-22 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns in the rout.
“I think they prepared for the pass and when we went to the run, they had no answer,’’ said running back Damon Wigand, who rushed 16 times for 150 yards and three TDs. “The running game surprised them. That’s where we beat them.’’
Mission Hills, which rushed for 258 yards, has now outscored three opponents by a whopping 138-28 margin.
The only points by Mater Dei, which won a state championship just two years ago, was a 99-yard kickoff return by Aiden Calvert in the first quarter, tying the game at 7.
Mater Dei was held to 46 total yards after halftime.
“After they scored we just went back to work,’’ Wigand said. “No one had to say anything.
“We love being No. 1. We’ve prepared all year for this. We love this.
“We know how to handle this from here on out.’’
The Grizzlies outscored Mater Dei 21-0 in the second quarter on a pair of short TD runs by Sam Dixon and Tuttle’s second TD toss of the game, a 39-yarder to Chris Olave.
Mater Dei (1-2) won last year’s inaugural game in the series 41-14.
Monahan is a freelance writer.