When it comes to the highest scoring high school football games in Monterey County during the past 30 years, there’s a good chance Carmel High is involved.
The Padres were up to their old tricks Saturday when they opened the Mission Trail Athletic League with a 56-45 win over visiting King City.
It was the second year in a row Carmel has been part of a game that racked up 100 points or more and the third time since 2004.
It figured that King City and Carmel would give the county record of 111 points a good run, considering both teams have been part of the highest scoring game in county history.
Carmel beat Soquel 69-42 last year and King City fell 66-45 to Pacific Grove in 2006.
King City trailed the four-time MTAL champions 56-25 in the fourth quarter before scoring three touchdowns in the final 3:22 of the game.
The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense, with Carmel accounting for 634.
Both quarterbacks put on a command performance. Carmel sophomore Connor Marden completed 15 of 20 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns. He also scrambled for 74 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown run to start the second half that gave the Padres a 35-10 lead.
Marden has thrown for 950 yards in just four games, and will likely top the 1,000-yard mark Friday at Gonzales.
Jake Stephens gave an inspiring effort for King City, especially since he rarely left the field, playing defense as well. The senior was involved in five touchdowns — throwing two and running for three. He completed 15 of 28 passes for 223 yards and ran 15 times for 61 yards.
Carmel running back Holden Smith rushed for three more touchdowns to give him the county lead at 10 for the season. For the game he carried 16 times for 186 yards. He’s averaging more than 10 yards per carry, with 590 total yards on 55 rushes.
Buddy Sans was also a Mustang workhorse. He ran 15 times for 90, including a 33-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and caught two passes for 72 yards, taking one 62 yards for a touchdown.
King City’s Gilbert Camacho got into the act with a booming 47-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
The quirky stat of the day came with the penalties. Not including a couple off-setting penalties, the Mustangs were flagged once for five yards while Carmel was penalized 13 times for 116 yards.
King City is home to Marina on Friday.