“Perhaps the oldest cliché in all of sports is that defense wins championships. On Friday, Nov. 11, Mission Bay gave another example of why that saying exists as the Bucs punched their ticket to the CIF Div. III semi-finals with a gritty 14-0 shutout victory over El Capitan Vaqueros.
Before Friday night’s game, Bucs head coach Greg Tate knew that to come away with a win, it would come down to the team playing in the secondary. “Defensively, I think the play of our corners is going to dictate the entire game,” said Tate, “While El Cap can run the ball, their QB and WR play is out of this world. It will take a group effort in our secondary to slow those guys down and contain their passing attack.”
Well, consider the mission accomplished.
Against an El Cap offense that averages over 350 yards of total offense per game and over 250 in the air, the Bucs’ defense put the clamps on the Vaqueros. Holding them to under 250 yards of total offense while forcing four turnovers, including two red zone interceptions.
“For our secondary, they did their job exceptionally well all night,” said Tate, “We knew with El Cap they rely on splash plays, so all week we stressed how important it was to stay over the top, don’t bite on double moves if they did that we knew they’re QB would throw us a couple passes.”
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