Friday, November 18, 2022

Tale of the Tape: 2022 Open Division Championship

๐Ÿˆ Carlsbad Lancers (10-1) vs. Lincoln Hornets (10-1)
๐Ÿ“Snapdragon Stadium
๐Ÿ“… Friday, November 18, 2022
๐Ÿ•– 7:00 P.M. PT
๐Ÿ“บ NFHS Network

Series History

First Meeting: 1980 - Carlsbad 33, Lincoln 7
Previous Meeting: 2015 - Lincoln 20, Carlsbad 16
All-Time Series tied 2-2


Some of the top college prospects in the county will compete in the first high school football game played at the new Snapdragon Stadium, including Lincoln senior running back Roderick Robinson II (Georgia), who leads the section with 30 touchdowns, and Carlsbad junior quarterback Julian Sayin (Alabama), who has a 21-2 record as a starter. Sayin has thrown for 2,620 yards and 27 touchdowns this season. 

The Hornets, who just pitched a shutout in the semifinal, have a swarming defense that has intercepted opposition quarterbacks 12 times this season. This group is full of athletes that can wreak havoc all over the field, led by hard-hitting safety Josiah Cox, USC commits DJ Peevy, and SDSU-bound linebacker David Peevey. Athlete Corey Thompson-Miller Jr. has proven to be a big play waiting to happen in all three phases of the game.

Looking to contain one of the top running backs in the state, the Lancers' defense will rely on an all-star cast of linebackers, including Thomas McCormick, who leads the team in tackles, Luke Ferrelli, and sack leader Cassius Murphy.

After losing the previous two Open Division Finals, the Lancers are hopeful that this third attempt will be the charm. The Hornets have advanced to the Division I Finals twice after capturing the Division II championship in 2018, but have failed to claim the trophy both times.

Tale of the Tape


Head Coach: Thadd MacNeal
Division: I
League: Avocado
Previous Outing: Def. Poway 37-0


Union-Tribune: 2
Max Preps: 1

Impact Players

WR Justin Johnson
LB Thomas McCormick 
TE Zack Marshall
DL Cassius Murphy
QB Julian Sayin
RB Mason Walsh
LB Thomas Weirich


Head Coach: David Dunn
Division: I
League: Western
Previous Outing: Def. Madison 23-0


Union-Tribune: 1
Max Preps: 2

Impact Players

DB Josiah Cox
QB KJ Chatham
LB Chris Fewell
ATH Mahki Gray
LB David Peevy
RB Roderick Robinson II
ATH Corey Thompson-Miller Jr.

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