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Tustin punches ticket for rematch with Villa Park
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Tustin coach Myron Miller has made playoff runs seemingly routine in recent memory.
This year is no different.
Terence Martinez and DaVonte Young combined for 365 yards rushing and seven touchdowns as the Tillers advanced to the CIF-SS Southwest Division semifinals with a 49-18 victory over Huntington Beach (6-6) Friday night in a second-round game at Huntington Beach High.
It's the fifth consecutive season the Tillers will be playing in the semifinals.
"We're consistent," Miller said. "It's a credit to the players and the assistant coaches to continue to put it all together. It says we're a pretty good football team."
The Tillers (12-0) will play host to Villa Park (11-1) on Friday night, making it the third consecutive season the two teams have faced off in the playoffs.
"It's us against them (Villa Park) for the third straight year," Miller said. "They know us. We know them. It's going to be a battle."
Tustin has won both previous playoff meetings against the Spartans, claiming a 35-7 victory last year en route to a Southwest Division championship.
"It's just another game," Miller said. "The only thing our championship means is that we have a bigger target on our back. But if you've made it this far, it means you've had a good season."
The Tillers rushed for 304 yards in the first half and scored five touchdowns on the ground. Martinez had two 1-yard TD runs, and added a 78-yarder. The senior running back finished the half with 152 yards on 10 carries.
Young scored his two touchdowns in the first half. His second came with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Young capped an eight-play, 76-yard drive with a 20-yard scamper that gave the Tillers a 35-12 advantage at the half.
Huntington Beach had an opportunity early in the second half to make it a two-possession game, but Kai Ross fumbled inside the Tillers 10-yard line.
Tustin responded with a 17-play, 96-yard drive that took more than 10 minutes off the clock.