High School Sports

Prep Football: Turnovers doom Mission Prep in playoff loss

Mission Prep’s football season came to an end at Corcoran for the second straight season Friday night.

One year after losing 49-10 to Corcoran in the CIF-Central Section Division V semifinals, the eighth-seeded Royals (8-4) suffered a similar fate Friday, falling 45-15 in the quarterfinals.

The Royals were their own worst enemy with nine turnovers, throwing six interceptions and losing three fumbles. Mission Prep also had a bad snap on a punt that allowed Corcoran to tackle the Royals punter on the one-foot line.

“We didn’t give them much room to run and they didn’t have a scoring drive over 40 yards,” Mission Prep coach Brady Lock said. “We couldn’t have played any better defensively. We blew up offensively and they managed to take advantage of our mistakes.”

Pete Armbruster ran for three touchdowns — all on 1-yard runs — and returned a Mission Prep fumble 50 yards for a touchdown for the top-seeded Panthers (9-2). Corcoran also had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Mission Prep stayed with Corcoran early on. The Panthers scored the first 15 points, but a Kevin Laird 23-yard touchdown reception from Jedd Hasay, and a Patrick Foran extra-point kick, pulled the Royals within 15-7 in the second quarter.

But the Panthers scored 27 unanswered points to take a 42-7 halftime lead.

Corcoran finished with 107 rushing yards and 180 yards of total offense.

Mission Prep had 73 rushing yards and 68 passing yards.

“It was a mirror image of the game last year,” Lock said. “We got down early. We had an opportunity to turn it around. We saw something that we thought would work and we’d call it and throw an interception.”

Laird finished with a game-high 75 rushing yards and also caught three passes for 26 yards. He capped the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.