Mira Mesa routs Cougars

There is no way the game film from Mira Mesa’s season-opening football victory over Patrick Henry could have helped Escondido.

That’s because senior quarterback Noah Tumblin was watching from the sidelines with a sore wrist.

His presence was felt Friday night at Mira Mesa as the senior rushed for 116 yards with a 23-yard TD and passed for 128 yards on a 5-of-7 night with another two scores in a 42-7 victory over Escondido.

“My line and those 6-foot-3 receivers make it so easy,” said Tumblin, a 6-2, 165-pounder who can fly and showed it on the game’s first play when he ran a quarterback keeper for 40 yards to set up Elijah Lynch for the first of his three TD runs, this one from 16 yards out.

“We knew that play was open since Monday. I’m glad I was able to play — I think people might have forgotten about me.”

Fat chance now.

Lynch made it six TDs on the season as he added 4- and 1-yard scores.

Mira Mesa (2-0) made it two straight games where the fourth quarter was played with a running clock after burying Patrick Henry 42-0.

Clearly first-year head coach Chris Thompson, who was a Marauders assistant coach for more than 20 years, is making an impression.

“We knew of him because my dad knew him,” said Tumblin. “He’s made a big difference. We butted heads a little at first, but he’s made this team way more mature.”

Escondido put the first points on the board against Mira Mesa this season as Matt Malone raced 11 yards for the score. However, the Cougars (1-1) gained just 34 total yards in the second half.

by Union Tribune