Friday Night Lights: Mission Hills, San Marcos, Valley Center, Vista wins

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As expected, San Diego County’s Number One ranked team, the Grizzlies of Mission Hills High School, shaked, rattled and rolled all over beleaguered Rancho Buena Vista in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. And the score was Mission Hills 47 Rancho Buena Vista 7.

Mission Hills now is 7-0 (1-0) while Rancho Buena Vista falls to 0-7 (0-2). Next up for the Grizzlies who prowl along Mission Avenue, another conference opponent with a problem, as in winning, Del Norte High School out of 4S Ranch.

It’s the same Del Norte that got turned every which way and loose tonight, Friday, Oct. 16 by that other Avocado East conference power, just across town from Mission Hills, the San Marcos Knights. When the debris cleared, it was San Marcos 43 Del Norte 0. San Marcos went to 5-2 (2-0) while Del Norte dropped to 1-6 (0-2).

The fifth league member Vista High School humbled non-conference opponent El Camino 38-0. This was a shocker as the Panthers set the tone for the night with a game opening gambit online kick.

Special teams were huge for the panthers as they capitalized on a muffed punt return byEel Camino, which was returned for a score. Vista led 24-0 at the half. Next week Vista travels to San Marcos while Rancho Buena Vista hosts Valley Center.

Speaking of Valley Center, the Jaguars avenged last year’s only Valley League loss to Fallbrook with a 32-21 win at the home of the Warriors. Replacing injured starter Andrew Navarro, Jake Newman had a field day, scoring on first half runs of 8, 36 and two yards while netting 161 yards on 22 carries. And that was only in the first half.

The Jaguars went to 4-3 (1-1) in a season which longtime coach Rod Gilster said could easily have been undefeated were it not for key mistakes in the three losses.

“The Valley League is so balanced this year,” Fallbrook coach Kyle Williams said to a reporter. “Any team can win from week to week, so each game is important.”

Friday’s night’s lights featured 42 high school contests across San Diego county, In other games, San Pasqual high School defeated Orange Glen 44-0 at Orange Glen. Rancho Bernardo whipped Escondido 45-6 at Escondido and San Pasqual Academy beat Borrego Springs 22-8 at San Pasqual.