By Josh Levine
Mission High School opened its 2012 football season the same way they ended their 2011 season – with a win.
Unlike their Thanksgiving Day victory, the Bears had a little bit more breathing room in a 33-21 win over visiting Hercules on Friday night at Kezar Stadium.
Behind 257 yards passing, a team-high 80 rushing yards and four total touchdowns from senior quarterback Antoine Porter, the Bears (1-0) handed the Titans (0-2) their second non-league loss of the season.
Porter completed 16-of-20 passes, had one interception and hit six different receivers. Mission running back Roy Sauceda also added 79 yards rushing.
“Our offense did really well as a whole,” said Mission head coach Joe Albano. “We stalled a little at the end and let them back in, but especially our offensive line and quarterback did really well. We did some stupid stuff as well, and it was our first true game of the season, so the kids were definitely amped up.”
The Titans also had success running the ball, but were derailed in the passing game by two early interceptions that were both converted into points for the Bears. Hercules also missed two field goals that would have cut the Mission lead to single digits.
“We felt we should have won, but our playmakers didn’t make plays and theirs did,” said Hercules head coach Gerald Montgomery. “It was our second game, so we came in with some experience, but Mission wanted it more.”
H: 11:46 – Marquis Davenport 85-yard kick return (Loran Fonseca kick)
M: 6:12 – Antoine Porter 3-yard run (kick failed)
M: 7:27 – Porter 1-yard run (Demitrius Thibeaux pass from Porter on conversion)
M: 4:26 – Alex Tico 39-yard pass from Porter (conversion failed)
H: 6:16 – Jordan Bustos 14-yard run (Fonseca kick)
M: 11:43 – Roy Sauceda 3-yard run (conversion failed)
H: 10:17 – Bustos 2-yard run (Fonseca kick)
M: 2:53 – Porter 1-yard run (
Elijah Oliver Peter Lee kick)