By David A. Willauer
Oceanside CA— The Bonita Vista Barons did not play like a team that had not won a game all season when they visited Oceanside, Friday night, for a first round CIF San Diego Section Division I playoff match-up.
The Pirates found themselves trailing 13-7 late in the second quarter, to a team that had been out scored this season 482-62. The game had a lot of turnovers including back to back fumbles by Oceanside, but the Pirates took the lead for good on Furious Andrede’s 36 yard, pick 6 with 1:46 left in the first half.
Alex Miller replaced Kyrin Beachem at QB in the second half and was 4 of 6 yards for 102 yards including a 32 yard pass to Kyrin Beachem along with a 41 yard pass to Kellan Duson (2 receptions for 52 yards). Freshman Kavika Tuai had a 1 yard touchdown run and had 14 carries for 112 yards night pacing the Pirates to a 35-19 win.
Dave Rodriguez, Head Football Coach of Oceanside High: “When we trailed 13-7 in the game, our defense stepped up and made some big plays, especially Furious Andrede’s interception. That gave our squad the momentum. The Barons have nothing to be ashamed of. They came to our place and played to win.” continued the coach, “Kavika Tua, a freshman on our squad is going to be a special ballplayer. He showed that last week when we upset El Camino. He has to learn to learn still like holding on to the ball and he will be more wiser for the weary.”
For the Barons of Bonita Vista, who finished their season at 0-11, QB Franklin Forbes was 9 of 26 attempts for 105 yards and 12 carries for 54 yards. threw a 11 yard pass to Isaac Hernandez (2 receptions for 44 yards) Running Back Taj Stewart had 17 carries for 168 yards including a touchdown run of 47 yards .
Oceanside, with the win, improves their record to 5-6 on the season and will take on Point Loma Pointers, Friday, November 17, 2017. “When we played Point Loma at our place 2 years ago, it came down to the last play of the game. We will have our hands full with the Pointers and we have to get better for next week’s game.” said Coach Rodriguez.
In Vista, the Division III (6 seed) Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns ran over Santana(11) with a record setting performance by junior RB, Dorian Richardson who had 38 carries for 499 yards and eight TD’s. The Longhorns will face 3rd seed, San Pasqual next week.
The Division I number 1 seed, El Camino Wildcats will face the eight seed, Olympian (6-5) after the Eagles defeated Poway last night, 28-14.
The third seed Carlsbad Lancers will face Cathedral Catholic who rolled Mt. Carmel, 63-0.
In Division II, Vista fell to Lincoln 40-20 ending their season at 3-8. Valley Center, who had a bye will take on Granite Hills, a 35-10 winner over West Hills.
Army-Navy fell to Crawford 34-16 ending their season at 5-6. Crawford will take on Tri-City Christian who defeated Montgomery, 52-14 in Division V playoff action.