Never Give Up? How about: Find A Way?
The Hilltop High School football team might as well take a page from Eastlake Little League's 2013 Little League World Series U.S. national championship team to describe its 5-0 start to the 2013 season.
The Lancers found yet another way to extend their perfect start to the prep pigskin campaign after dealing the visiting Otay Ranch Mustangs a 7-6 non-league defeat on Friday. The Mustangs, who compete at the Division I level, led 6-0 for virtually the entire game on a first quarter rushing score by Kyle Hawkins before Hilltop quarterback Daniel Sanchez bulled into the end zone on a critical fourth-and-goal play with 4:04 left in the fourth quarter.
Luis Hernandez then split the uprights on the all-important extra point to push the hosts in front by a point.
The extra-point kick had failed on the visitors' touchdown.
David Vasquez sealed the dramatic come-from-behind victory when he intercepted Otay Ranch signal-caller Triston Brand in the dying seconds, running out of bounds with the ball as time expired.
Is it time to believe? This Lancer team is the first to go 5-0 since 1979. “We've taken down two Division I teams so far this year,” an obviously elated HHS coach Cody Roelof said.
Hilltop, which competes in the Division III tier, will attempt to extend its mark to 6-0 when it travels to Sweetwater (Division IV tier) on Friday, Oct. 11, to help the host Red Devils (1-4) inaugurate their new field. Kick-off is 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Eastlake Titans (5-1) remained undefeated (5-0) in San Diego Section competition after defeating visiting Sweetwater, 52-14, on Friday. The Titans led 42-0 at halftime.
For details, pick up Friday's print edition of The Star-News.
Prep Football Scoreboard
Friday, Oct. 4
Eastlake 52, Sweetwater 14
Olympian 42, Montgomery 7
Bonita Vista 21, Mater Dei Catholic 14
Chula Vista 35, Castle Park 7
Mar Vista 14, Santana 6
Maranatha Christian 18, Lutheran 16
Friday, Oct. 11
Hilltop at Sweetwater, 7 p.m.
Bonita Vista at Chula Vista, 7 p.m.
Olympian at Otay Ranch, 7 p.m.
Mar Vista at Mater Dei Catholic, 7 p.m.
Montgomery at San Yisdro, 7 p.m.
Castle Park at Southwest, 7 p.m.
Borrego Springs vs. Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy at Olympian High School, 7 p.m.
Foothills Christian vs. Lutheran, TBA
Saturday, Oct. 12
Ocean View Christian Academy at Vista Calvary Christian Academy, 7 p.m.