CARLSBAD -- No. 4 Carlsbad used a huge defensive performance to beat No. 8 Mission Hills in both teams' Avocado League opener on Friday night. Here are five takeaways from the game:
Dylan Quinn- A force on defense he had 4 sacks, a force
fumble, and an interception.
“I’m just doing my
job, that’s all I can do with this defense is just do my job. Coach (Publico)
puts us in great spots and if I do my job, I’ll make plays,” Quinn said after the
Kyle Vassau- His 4th quarter sack emphasized
the Lancers defensive performance.
Noah Vella- His 3rd quarter interception in
the end zone shutdown Mission Hills best offensive drive of the night.
DJ Young- His two, two-yard touchdown runs in the 1st
half were all Carlsbad needed on the night.
Skai Donnell- Collected a 1st quarter punt and
returned it 32 yards for a touchdown to give Mission Hills a 7-0 lead.
IT WAS OVER WHEN
Mission Hills was
driving into Carlsbad territory late in the 3rd quarter when a pass
across the middle flew too high and Lancers defensive back Noah Vella made a
great play on the ball to intercept it and give Carlsbad the possession back.
THEY SAID IT
“Well we have a lot
of returning starters, so we want to get that back, we want that game, we want
Cathedral,” Carlsbad running back DJ Young said after the game.
The Lancers were
eliminated by Cathedral Catholic 35-0 in last season’s Open Division
After allowing a
Mission Hills punt return for a touchdown, the Lancers rebounded with 17
straight points and a stifling defensive performance.
“You know our
defense lacked a little communication at first. Once we got the ball moving,
the defense got moving,” senior linebacker Kyle Vassau said after the game.
Mission Hills to 21 rushing yards and 83 passing yards, while intercepting 3
“It’s amazing, a win’s
a win but were on to the next, playing San Marcos,” Quinn said.
The Lancers two Open
Division Playoff Appearances have both ended with being shutout, but this year’s
group appears ready for the challenge.
“You know our senior
class is really motivated to make a great comeback this year and we have goals
to win CIF and go on from there. All of us are working for that in every game,”
“We’re ready for Open,” DJ Young added.