Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
Mavericks win first CIF title in school history
It seems these days that everybody is going green and La Costa Canyon is no exception. The Mavericks routed Escondido 45-28 Friday at Qualcomm Stadium to win their first section championship in school history.
Escondido opened the scoring late in the first quarter with a Tim Zier 17-yard touchdown run. But as the first quarter ended, the Cougars had no idea what was in store.
Forty-three seconds into the second quarter, La Costa Canyon tied the game with a two-yard Weston Manor touchdown run. The Mavericks then added a field goal and two touchdowns and although Escondido running back Ricky Seale ran for a score between those three, the Mavericks had a 24-14 lead at halftime.
Any thoughts of an Escondido comeback were erased after the third quarter. La Costa Canyon (11-2) exploded for three touchdowns in five minutes and had a commanding 31-point lead headed into the fourth quarter. Escondido (10-3) scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but La Costa Canyon still won going away.
In a losing effort, Seale ran for 216 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries. For the Mavericks, running back Seth Hanson led the team in rushing 136 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Sebastian Frausto was 12-for-19 for 199 yards, one passing and one rushing touchdown.