Patrick Laird once again proved to be the spark for the Mission Prep football team in a 49-12 win over Santa Clarita Christian on Friday, scoring three rushing touchdowns and adding one on an 80-yard kickoff return in the opening round of the CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division playoffs.
A 7-6 first-quarter deficit would be as close as Santa Clarita Christian would come as the Royals (9-2) rattled off 27 unanswered to close the half and never looked back.
Evan Talbert also added two receiving touchdowns for Mission Prep.
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Matt Albright found Chris Owens for touchdown passes of 5 and 45 yards, but the Titans couldn’t do much else against Ventura in the opening round of the Western Division playoffs.
The Titans (5-6) had two punts blocked and recovered for touchdowns, and muffed a punt that was scooped up for a third.
“It was a positive experience for the young kids to get playoff experience, and good for the seniors to get a playoff sendoff,” Nipomo coach Russ Edwards said.