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Roundup: Carlsbad comes through in final seconds vs. Mission Hills

For 46 minutes, 37 seconds, Mission Hills played marvelous defense against No. 4-ranked Carlsbad, forcing two turnovers and holding the explosive Lancers to 10 points. But Carlsbad coach Thadd MacNeal thinks Julian Sayin is the best quarterback in the nation, and late Friday night, Sayin showed why.

With 16.8 seconds remaining in the game, Sayin, a junior, threw a dart to the front corner of the end zone for an 18-yard TD to Griffin Rosenbloom to supply Carlsbad with a 16-10 Avocado League win.

The TD pass completed a six-play, 63-yard drive that started with 1:23 to play. The big play in the drive was improvised, Sayin frantically scrambling, then heaving a 38-yard completion to Nico Arboit.

Of the hectic third-down scramble, Sayin said, “I’m just trying to make a play, trying to put my team in position to win.”

Sayin finished 17 of 28 for 280 yards, two TDs and one interception as Carlsbad improved to 3-1, 2-0 in league. Mission Hills fell to 2-3, 0-2.

“He’s got ice in his veins,” MacNeal said of his quarterback. “He does it over and over again. Him and I on the sideline, we talk like we’re discussing our weekend plans. It’s a discussion of trying to get the right play. And he’s special. That’s all I can say. He’s special.”

Mission Hills has lost back-to-back heartbreakers, falling to La Costa Canyon 13-10 last week. The Grizzlies intercepted one pass, and recovered two fumbles, one a muffed punt at the Carlsbad 2 to set up Mission Hills’ only TD. Santiago Salas gained 84 yards on 21 carries for the Grizzlies.

Carlsbad’s other score came on a 76-yard Sayin-to-Justin Johnson pass.

Of Sayin, Mission Hills head coach Chris Hauser said, “What he does is he gives his players a chance to make a play, and that’s all you can ask of a quarterback. He’s a gifted kid. That’s why he has all those stars next to his name and all the offers from across the country.”

Top 10 Fared

No. 1 Madison had a bye.

No. 2 Lincoln 49, Steele Canyon 7: Kai Chatham passed to Corey Thompson-Miller for a 39-yard TD pass and later connected with Aiden Jackson for a 65-yard TD for Lincoln (4-1). Thompson-Miller also had a 65-yard punt return for a TD and had a 54-yard TD on an interception. Roderick Robinson had a rushing and receiving TD for Lincoln, rushing for 84 yards. Jaden Smith returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score. Major Givens had a 9-yard TD run for Steele Canyon (1-4).

Concord De La Salle 28, No. 3 Cathedral Catholic 20: The host Dons battled the storied power to the end before losing. The statistics were close with De La Salle (3-1) holding a slim edge over Cathedral (2-3) in total yards (366-320), first downs (14-12) and rushing yards (174-124). Cathedral QB Jack Stevens was 15 for 24 for 196 yards and a 31-yard TD toss to Marcus Ratcliffe.

No. 4 Carlsbad 16, Mission Hills 10

No. 5 Helix 42, St. Augustine 29: Helix (4-1) trailed 23-14 at halftime but Kevin Allen III finished with three TDs for the Highlanders. Jason Sisneros had a 2-yard TD to give Helix its first lead in the final minute of the third quarter. Jackson Daniels caught a 7-yard TD from QB Ryland Jessee. For St. Augustine (2-3), Brady Palmer threw a 21-yard TD pass to Isaiah Hasten and a 52-yard TD pass to Landen Kassab. The Saints’ freshman QB also rushed for a TD and caught a TD pass.

No. 6 Poway 2, Vista 0: Forfeit

No. 7 Mater Dei Catholic had a bye

No. 8 Mira Mesa vs. Scripps Ranch, Saturday

No. 9 Granite Hills 42, Central Union 7: Kellan Cobbs became the winningest coach for Granite Hills (4-1) with his 73rd victory, one ahead of Paul Wargo, who coached from 1978-87. Zak Darling threw a pair of TD passes, one each to Colin Riley and Joaquin Thomas. Pablo Jackson had 55-yard TD run and Maxwell Turner scored from 6 yards out. Easton Peterson had an interception to stop a Central drive. Sergio Garcia had five receptions for 88 yards and a TD for Central (2-2). Jared Martin had eight tackles and a sack.

No. 10 La Costa Canyon 30, San Marcos 7: The Avocado League game featured 167 yards total offense by both teams — 121 by LCC (3-2, 2-0) and 46 by San Marcos (3-2, 1-1). LCC’s Andrew Maes scored on a 22-yard run and a 67-yard return of a free kick. LCC also scored on end-around pass from Trevor Ladd to Jake Fromme and on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Trey Blazevich after a sack by EJ Brandreth. LCC had seven sacks, two each by Blazevich, Brandreth and Ryan Stonebreaker. San Marcos scored on a 51-yard interception return by Cayden Woolwine. The LCC defense hasn’t allowed a TD in the last two games.


Grossmont Valley League

West Hills 21, Mount Miguel 7: West Hills (3-2, 1-0) trailed 7-0 at halftime but Diego Calderon scored on runs of 4 and 17 yards in the second half after Collin Dill hit Nate Stevens from 25 yards for a TD that tied the game. Jeremiah Castillo scored on a 35-yard pass by Matthew Barton for Mount Miguel (2-3, 0-1), which was held to 141 total yards.

Santana 48, Valhalla 6: Michael Valenzuela had two TD receptions, while Santana (1-4, 1-0) got rushing TDs from Nick Leger, Linden Benson, Fabian Ibarra, and Zachary Bader. Jackson Scott kicked two FGs. Valhalla (0-5, 0-1) scored on a TD pass to Arsalam Ghazialam from Braxton Estes.

El Capitan 55, El Cajon Valley 22: Bruce Newland rushed for two TDs for El Capitan (3-2, 1-0). Angel Diaz, Julian May, Chad Allread, and Clifford WIlson also scored rushing TDs. El Cajon Valley (1-4, 0-1) got TD receptions by Chris Cosio and Paris Dixon from QB Darick Dubose. Daelin Richardson had a rushing TD.

Valley League

Rancho Buena Vista 54, Escondido 13: RBV (5-0, 1-0) was led by Gino Trapasso, who rushed 17 times for 154 yards and a TD, a 75-yarder. He now has 1,038 yards for the season and 14 TDs. Connor Underhill threw for 271 yards with an 80-yard TD to TJ McKinnie and 68-yard TD to Bryson Womack. Jay Smith had a 45-yard punt return TD. RBV had 464 yards total offense. Escondido is 2-3, 0-1.

Fallbrook 24, Ramona 7: Fallbrook (4-1, 1-0) won its fourth straight game behind a ground attack that amassed 224 yards, led by Chris Bausch with 128 yards and one TD on 32 carries. The Warriors defeated Ramona (2-3, 0-1) for the first time since 2003. The Bulldogs were limited to 102 total yards in their third consecutive loss.

Palomar League

Rancho Bernardo 35, Del Norte 31: There were six lead changes before Rancho Bernardo (2-3, 1-0) scored the game-winning TD in the final minute against Del Norte (3-2, 0-1).

Torrey Pines 14, Oceanside 9: Dyl Friedland rushed six times for 26 yards and a TD for Torrey Pines (2-3, 1-0). Peyton Rodgers had two receptions for 61 yards and a TD. Remi Baere passed for 88 yards and a TD and rushed 11 times for 76 yards. Safety Dawson Washington had 11 tackles, LB Andy Livingston had 13 tackles and a pass break up, DT Leo Mascaro had seven tackles. Oceanside (0-5, 0-2), which got FGs of 30, 33 and 36 yards from Isaac Hernandez, hasn’t been 0-5 to start a season since 1941 when the Pirates were 0-7. The 1921 team lost its first seven and finished 0-7-1.


Mar Vista 51, Clairemont 22: QB Aleks Wojcik completed 8 of 13 passes for 238 yards and a TD while adding 68 yards and three TDs rushing as Mar Vista (1-4) collected its first win of the season. He also had a PAT rushing and passing.

Chula Vista 36, Olympian 12: Giovanni Barrios, playing in his first game returning from injury, scored on TD bursts of 47 and 21 yards to lead Chula Vista (1-4). QB Jacob Pedroza was 13 of 27 for 152 yards with John Paul Zapata catching a 21-yard TD pass. Olympian (2-3) had a 73-yard passing TD from Matthew Pentland to Jacob Marichi.

Patrick Henry 48, Bonita Vista 20: Malachi Ghitman threw for three TDs and ran for another as Henry (1-2) celebrated its first win under coach Colby Davies. Caprece Pressley scored on a 78-yard run for the Patriots, and Koa Altmeyer returned an interception 57 yards for a score. Marcos Pena scored on a TD reception for Bonita Vista (1-3) and Antonio DiStefano passed for TDs of 22 and 23 yards.

Montgomery 9, Mission Bay 6: Isaac Cervantes carried 33 times for 230 yards for Montgomery (4-1), including a 75-yard run in the second half which set up a 5-yard rush by Anthony Hamilton for the game’s only TD. Hamilton also had a sack and forced a fumble. Arath Leyva had 21/2 sacks for the Aztecs. Jacob Sloan booted FGs of 39 and 29 yards for Mission Bay (4-1). Teddy Buettner had a fumble recovery for the Bucs, while teammate Jonah Priest had an interception.

Hilltop 44, San Ysidro 14: Jorge Garcia passed for 141 yards and two TDs in addition to rushing for 129 yards on eight carries, including a 77-yard scoring run for Hilltop (3-2). Luis Mendoza had two TDs, one rushing and one receiving. The defense intercepted five passes, two by John Ruiz and a pick six by Mason Vaquero. San Ysidro (2-3) got an 82-yard kickoff return for a TD by freshman AJ Logan who also had 10 tackles.

Southwest-San Diego 21 Calipatria 7: Conner Davis scored TDs on runs of 23, 12 and 4 yards to lead Southwest (4-2) to its highest win total since 2018. Jaylen Garcia had five pass receptions for 76 yards for the Raiders. Calipatria is 0-4.

Sweetwater 29, Monte Vista 7: Keeping the ball on the ground for 357 yards, Sweetwater (3-2) beat Monte Vista (1-3). Gabriel Cruz rushed for 157 yards and a pair of TDs, including a 76-yarder. Carlos Delgado added 85 yards and one score and QB Zaryan Crews gained 70 yards on 12 carries and another TD.

Otay Ranch 47, San Diego 22: Johnnie Welborn had TD catches of 37 and 26 yards and QB Makai Corpus tossed for three scores as Otay Ranch (1-3) recorded its first win. D’Angelo Besikof, Charlie Berkley and Deandre Evans scored TDs for San Diego (2-3).

Villa Park 39, Eastlake 3: Eastlake (0-5) has opened with five straight losses for the first time. It equals the most consecutive losses all-time set in 2016 to end the season.

Santa Fe Christian 46, Southwest-El Centro 0: Santa Fe Christian (4-1) got a 33-yard TD run, a 74-yard kickoff return for a TD, a 30-yard catch and two tackles from Kevin Olah. PJ Rogers rushed for 64 yards while also adding seven tackles and a sack. Dane Lee had nine tackles and a sack against Southwest (0-4).

Point Loma 45, Christian 16: Chase Lowary scored three TDs, while Jackson Emerson threw a TD pass for Point Loma (4-1), off to its best start in four years. Ryan Burdine had a 29-yard interception return for a TD. For Christian (2-3), Jake Davila threw a 60-yard TD pass to Ryan De Los Reyes. Hunter Provience caught his fourth TD of the season.

La Jolla Country Day 34, Coronado 8: Jack Circuit led La Jolla Country Day (4-1) with a rushing and receiving TD. Jaden Mangini and QB Bito Bass-Sulpizio also ran for TDs. Patrick Jette returned an interception 23 yards for a TD and Oliver Stephenson and Reign Villareal each had an interception. LB Elias Valdivia led Coronado (3-2) with nine tackles while LB Landon Sutherland had eight.

Classical Academy 13, Army-Navy 8: Trailing 6-0, Classical Academy (4-1) took the lead for good with a 4-yard TD run by Life Pollard. Classical added a TD midway through the fourth quarter that proved to be the game-winner. Army-Navy (4-1) recorded a safety in the final minute.

El Camino 48, Westview 6: With Carson Howard nursing a sore back, WR Tate Reid played QB for El Camino (3-2) and completed 3 of 4 passes — all to Elton Hurd — for 71 yards and a 43-yard score. Devin Cerda had 50-yard TD run. Devin Escobar returned an interception for a TD and Ryan Seau returned a fumble for a score. Zuriel Eatmon returned a fumble 49 yards for a score. Westview fell to 0-5.

Maranatha Christian 70, Anza Hamilton 23: Maranatha (2-3) QB Owen Tsay had a huge day, throwing for 298 yards and six TDs and rushing for 58 yards and a score. Jack Amodeo had four catches for 104 yards and three TDs. J.D. Class had two catches for 100 yards and a 67-yard TD.

Yucaipa 21, University City 14 (OT): University City (2-3) had the ball on 1 in the game’s final seconds, but had a FG blocked. UC had the ball at the 12 in OT, but couldn’t score. Samuel Cooper had a 34-yard TD strike to Joshua Dixon and Leland Haskins had a 10-yard TD run.

Morse 39, La Jolla 21: Morse (4-1) features a punishing runner in Damarion Wright, who scored two TDs. La Jolla is 3-2.

Hoover 43, O’Farrell Charter 0: Sir Autry gained 189 yards on 11 carries and scored three TDs for Hoover (2-2). O’Farrell is 0-5.


Crawford 16, Castle Park 9

San Bernardino Cajon 45, Grossmont 0

Vincent Memorial 42, CETYS 21

Calexico 39, Holtville 0

Palo Verde Valley 33, Imperial 9

8-Man Results

Coastal Academy 44, Wildomar Cornerstone Christian 0

St. Joseph Academy 48, Calvin Christian 13

Horizon Prep 41. Academy of Careers & Exploration 12

San Pasqual Academy 68, Ocean View Christian 0

Rock Academy 51, Julian 22

Victory Christian 51, Downey Calvary Chapel 0

San Diego Jewish Academy 2, Calvary Baptist 0, forfeit

Saturday Games

Valley Center at San Pasqual

North Hollywood Campbell Hall at Francis Parker

Scripps Ranch at Mira Mesa

Tri-City Christian at Mountain Empire

Norcross is a freelance writer. Staff writer John Maffei and freelance writers Terry Monahan, Steve Brand, Ramon Scott, Adam Paul and Rick Hoff contributed to this report.