Mills, James help San Diego pull away on strength of big plays for 45-13 rout of Mercer

Mason Mills threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns as San Diego pulled away to defeat Mercer 45-13 in a Pioneer Football League matchup Saturday.

The Toreros (3-2, 2-0 Pioneer) jumped ahead early as Kenn James returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Mills then completed a 46-yard score to Sam Hoekstra.

The Bears (4-1, 1-1) got on the board with a 28-yard touchdown from Josh Jones to JT Palmer, but San Diego responded as Mills threw an 11-yard score to Reggie Bell.

The Toreros pulled away in the second half as Mills threw a 50-yard strike to Brandon White and James collected most of his 86 rushing yards on a 50-yard touchdown run.

Mills had a 23-for-27 passing effort and spread the ball well with three 100-yard receivers.

Bell caught seven passes for 127 yards. Hoekstra had 121 yards on four receptions and White finished with 111.