Fri, Oct 04 2013 12:50 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Hilltop High School football coach Cody Roelof called last Friday’s 10-0 non-league victory at Coronado an “ugly” win. But a win it was, and with it, the Lancers improved to 4-0.
Hilltop remains the Metro Conference’s lone undefeated team at the midpoint of the season.
“Coronado is a good football team and they played us very tough,” Roelof explained. “Our defense played great. We made a lot of mental mistakes and had a lot of penalties on offense.”
The Lancers had two touchdowns against the Islanders (2-3) called back because of penalties; the hosts remained close — trailing 3-0 on a 31-yard field goal by Hilltop’s Luis Hernandez in the second quarter — until Diego Uranga scored on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Hilltop used a strong running game to control the clock and maintain possession, rushing 47 times for 313 yards.
Drake Madarang rushed 19 times for 179 yards and Montel Campbell had 15 carries for 102 yards to lead Lancer ball-carriers.
Defensively, Hilltop recorded four sacks and forced three fumbles. Christian Sandoval led the visitors with 11 tackles while teammate Adrian Rios collected 10 hits.
Hilltop is one of three undefeated teams at the Division III level, joining Francis Parker and Christian.
The Lancers will face perhaps their biggest test so far on Friday when they host the Otay Ranch Mustangs, a team competing at the Division I level.
The Mustangs (1-3) are coming off a 45-7 non-league setback at Grossmont but defeated three-time defending Metro-South Bay League champion Mar Vista, 44-10, on Sept. 13.
Hilltop will play at Mar Vista on Nov. 8 in what expects to be the climactic battle for the Metro-SBL title.
Otay Ranch will be looking to generate some momentum heading into Metro-Mesa League play.
A win by the Lancers over the Mustangs would cinch Hilltop’s legitimacy as a CIF title contender.
“We need to clean up the mistakes on the offensive side of the ball and continue to play great on defense,” Roelof said.
In other games last Friday:
San Ysidro 34, Calipatria 18
The host Cougars won their second game in five tries behind a rushing attack that generated an astonishing 452 yards. Carlos Campos rushed 19 times for 222 yards and scored three touchdowns while Oscar Fausto (10 carries, 53 yards) and Alejandro Cazares (eight carries, 87 yards) also scored on short touchdown runs.
San Ysidro built a 19-0 lead in the non-league game and led 28-12 after Pablo Rivera kicked a 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Through five games, Campos has rushed for 741 yards and scored nine rushing touchdowns.
Calipatria fell to 2-3. The Cougars return to action Oct. 11 when they host the Montgomery Aztecs in a 7 p.m. non-league contest.
Mira Mesa 13, Chula Vista 12
Spartan quarterback Hunter Gotto returned to the line-up after being taken away by ambulance after suffering an injury at Chula Vista’s Sept. 13 home game against Hilltop.
Gotto threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Daniel Bender in the fourth quarter. But the host Marauders (3-1) scored the game-winner on a five-yard run by Christian Bautista to escape with the non-league victory.
Ivan Rivera returned an intercepted pass 13 yards for the opening score by Chula Vista (1-3).
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