On his first carry of the game, Karson Lippert, the junior running back, lost 3 yards.
The rest of the way, though, he was next to impossible to stop, gaining 311 yards on 20 carries and scoring three touchdowns as No. 8-ranked La Costa Canyon continued its dominance over rival Carlsbad 36-21 on Friday on homecoming night for the Mavs.
Lippert’s three TD runs covered 82, 95 and 80 yards. He also caught a 37-yard pass in the fourth quarter.
“We’re in the best league in the county and to beat Carlsbad is a big win,’’ Lippert said. “I didn’t know what the plan was tonight, but obviously it worked.’’
By retaining the Rotary Cup for the ninth time in the last 11 years, the Mavericks (5-0, 1-0) evened the series with the Lancers (3-2, 0-2) at 12-12.
With a 24-21 lead in the fourth quarter, Lippert scored his final TD of the game with 6:28 to play.
JaQuan Carroll returned an interception 97 yards on the game’s final play.
“When a play starts, I don’t notice anything but the hole I’m supposed to hit,’’ Lippert said. “The first touchdown play was crazy. We caught a big play and were in rhythm the rest pf the night.’’
La Costa Canyon rushed for 404 yards, thanks to Lippert, who had 215 rushing yards by halftime. The Mavs had 511 total yards.
Trailing 17-0 at halftime, the Lancers closed the game to 17-13 heading into the fourth quarter on Nate Ellis’ three-yard run and Troy Bloomquist’s 18-yard TD strike to Cameron Thomas.
“It was all about the linemen,’’ Lippert said. “It was amazing blocking all night.
“The last time I had a game like this was in Pop Warner.’’
Monahan is a freelance writer.