Neither San Pasqual High School nor Mar Vista had won a football league title in the 1980s until this season. Neither had made the San Diego Section 2-A playoffs in recent years--San Pasqual last qualifying in 1980, Mar Vista in 1973.
So much for the similarities. When the teams meet in the quarterfinals at San Pasqual tonight at 7:30, strategically, it will be a matchup of extreme opposites.
San Pasqual relies on the run. Fullback Dave Emerson grinds out his yards inside, and Juan Garcia is the threat to run outside.
Mar Vista throws the ball more. Quarterback John Amaya has passed for 18 touchdowns and nearly 1,400 yards. Rafael Santiago was the ninth-leading receiver in the county with 37 catches and 7 touchdowns.