MVHS Mariners Head To Playoffs ...

The Mar Vista Mariners bested the San Ysidro Cougars 38-14, to send them to the CIF DV playoffs.

The Mar Vista Mariners High School Football team has seized the moment and indeed dominated the second half of their 2022 fall football season. 

After starting the season with a record of 1-4, the Mariners have since run off a streak of four wins in their last five. And with a win in the regular season finale vs. San Ysidro High School would finish the year with a 5-5 record and lock in a spot in the CIF DV playoffs. 

Not only would the Mariners grab the win, but they would would dominate the Cougars by the final score of 38-14. 

The Mariner’s offense has tended to do its best work via the passing game this season, and on Friday night, it would again shine. 

Leading the way for the Mariners air raid would be Elijah Clark. The junior would catch five passes for 106-yards, good for about 21-yards per catch. Not to be outdone would be his teammate De’Andre Hendrick. The senior would prove to be a lethal force as he would tally five catches for 82-yards and, more importantly, two touchdowns. 

Also stepping up in a major way on the outside would be Lah’darius Crawford, who would haul in two passes for 52-yards. 

Mar Vista’s ability to go deep and stretch the field has undoubtedly been their biggest strength as a team and is a significant reason they have turned their season around in such a dramatic fashion. 

Having another big night would also be QB Aleksandr Wojcik. The senior QB would be in his bag again vs. San Ysidro, as he would go 13/20 for 272 yards and a QB rating of 120.1. Along with the fireworks he and his WRs would provide, Wojcik would also spark the running game as he would rush for 20-yards on the ground and a score. 

While the offense feasted, so did the Mar Vista defense. The Mariners D would dominate the front seven and in the secondary. 

Along the D-line, Mar Vista would record a total of five sacks on the night: 2.5 from Adrian Martinez, and 1 from Porter Fielding, Nathan Pulido, and Marcus Montreuil respectively. Martinez would be the most significant start as he would also tally two other tackles for loss and five tackles to go along with the two sacks. 

In the secondary, it would be Nathaniel Ramos and Marcus Montreuil, who would both shine as they recorded a pass break up, and Ramos would tally and INT. 

With the win, the Mariners would finish their season would a record of 5-5 and a 3-1 record in the Metro-Pacific Conference. But most importantly, they secured a spot in the CIF DV playoffs as they were named the No.5 seed in the bracket. 

However, from my perspective, the Mariners may be the most dangerous team in their bracket. They have an offense that can get into shoutouts and win them, and in the playoffs, that kind of offensive firepower mixed with a defense that can get after the QB is a deadly combination.  

Mar Vista will now prepare to face off vs. Hoover High School in the first round of the CIF playoffs.

Vol. 38, No. 44 - Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

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