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McJunkin leads Mission Oak comeback vs. Mt. Whitney

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By Jeremy Berbereia (@jeremy_cvsports)

For the fans that decided to go to Bob Mathias last night instead of going to the fair, they were treated to a thrilling game that had fans on the edge of their seats in a wild second, seeing Mission Oak come from behind to defeat Mt. Whitney 34-30.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first half thanks to a Jose Mendoza 30 yd field goal and a 59 yard interception return for a touchdown by Nate Aleman.

Mission Oak would trim that lead to 10-7 on a 9 yd td pass from Trey McJunkin to Michael Villa. But the Pioneers would extend their lead back to 17-7 on a 27 yd td run by Isaac Campos and take that lead into the half. Coming out to start the second half, the Pioneers would take the second half kickoff and move down the field to take a 23-7 lead thanks to Campos’ second td of the game from five yards out.

That’s when the Mission Oak comeback would begin. Mission Oak would score on an 8 yd screen from McJunkin to Jeffrey de Macablin to trim the lead to 23-13.

On the ensuing Pioneer drive, the Hawks would force a Mt. Whitney fumble and recover. The Pioneers’ ensuing drive would extend into the fourth quarter and was capped by a 2 yd run by Jaden Enriquez to get to within 23-20.

After a Mt. Whitney punt, Mission Oak would get the ball back and Enriquez would score again from a yard away to give the Hawks their first lead of the game at 27-23. Mt. Whitney would answer back and score on a 2 yard keep by quarterback Isaiah Salazar to take a 30-27 lead.

The Hawks would get the ball back, and with 27 seconds left on the clock, McJunkin would once again find Villa on what would prove to be the game winning 6 yd td pass. Mt. Whitney would get the ball down to the Mission Oak 25, but Villa would come up with an interception as time expired to seal the victory for the Hawks.

Offensively, Mt. Whitney was led by Isaac Campos with 29 carries for 164 yards and 2 TDs. For the Hawks, they were led on the ground by de Macablin with 24 carries for 125 yards and a score as well as Villa, who had four catches for 79 yards and 2 TD receptions.

Up next, Mission Oak travels to Exeter next Friday to take on the Monarchs, while Mt. Whitney will be home to open up West Yosemite League play against the Miners from El Diamante.

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