On Friday, November 13, the Fallbrook varsity football team hosted the Mission Hills Grizzlies for the final game of the regular season.
It was Senior Night and there was much excitement and emotion on the sidelines. With both their first- and second-string quarterbacks out with injuries, Fallbrook started senior Rafael Cachero.
Both teams provided excellent defenses and made the game a nail-biter. Like many other times this season, the Warriors fell short of a win, 17-10.
The Warriors kicked off to start the game. The Grizzlies were held to a punt. Fallbrook quickly drove down the opposite way to the opponent’s 19-yard line after four first downs.
After failing to cap an excellent drive, the Warriors seemed to settle for a field goal. Instead, they faked the field goal and ran short of the first down marker.
In the next quarter, after Mission Hills failed to convert on a fourth down and twenty, Fallbrook made a costly mistake by fumbling the ball on their own 15-yard line. The Grizzlies recovered the ball with excellent field position.
However, the Warrior defense showed up to play and held them to another fourth down. Fortunately for the Warriors, Mission Hills missed the field goal, keeping the game scoreless. Fallbrook cruised again into the red zone.
On fourth down and goal on the two-yard line, Cameron Remy took the snap in the wildcat formation and came just shy of the reaching the end zone. The first half ended scoreless.
In the third quarter, the Grizzlies scored on a five-yard touchdown pass with eight minutes left in the period. Fallbrook answered with a 28-yard field goal five minutes later. Mission Hills then fumbled the ball and the Warriors recovered.
After three quarters, the Grizzlies led 7-3.
Three plays after the much-needed takeaway, the Warriors turned the ball over with a fumble of their own. Mission Hills capitalized with a field goal to regain a seven-point lead.
Cachero looked impressive the entire night until he threw an interception, which was returned thirty yards the other direction for another Grizzlies’ touchdown.
The series of unfortunate events continued to haunt the Warriors. On the ensuing kick-off, the kick hit a Fallbrook player in midflight and Mission Hills recovered the ball.
After a Grizzly punt, Fallbrook marched down the field to score in six plays. Cachero found Myles Mays in the end zone from seven yards out with only 35 seconds left in the game. The onside kick failed and the Warriors lost 17-10.
“This could be my last game with some of my best friends and it hurts,” said Fallbrook senior Zach Brickell.