Led by senior RB Elijah Preston’s 264 rushing yards, putting him over the 7,000 career yard mark, the Saints dismantled a previously unbeaten Mission Hills squad. The Grizzlies had their chances early, missing a 19-yard field goal, muffing a punt at midfield, and turning it over on downs in the red zone on a botched snap.
Preston ran for 9.4 yards per carry, while scoring three times on the night. Junior quarterback Rodney Thompson added 114 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
The Grizzlies showed the ability to move the all early, with sophomore quarterback Jack Tuttle finding Justus Te’i for significant gains through the air. Senior running back Nehemiah McFarlin who had been having a breakout season was held in check throughout the night. BYU-bound athlete Troy Warner made some great plays despite being clearly hobbled by a few injuries. He was on the receiving end of a five-yard slant for a touchdown and then in the 4th quarter made a great leaping catch on a ball from Tuttle, broke loose from his defender and went 70 yards into the end zone.
The Saints will now get their opportunity to face Helix, unbeaten since their week 1 loss to Chaparral (Az.) in the CIF-SDS Open Division Championship next Saturday night at Southwestern College.