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PIRATES STORM BACK TO CONQUER COUGARS

2019 EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

CIF DIVISION I QUARTERFINALS

#9 OCEANSIDE 26, #1 STEELE CANYON 19 (OVERTIME)

SPRING VALLEY (11-15-19) – Early on both teams went back and forth as both teams were marred by penalties in what was perceived as a sloppy game leaving neither team with any score in the first quarter.

Steele Canyon (9-2) would change that with almost six minutes remaining in the first half when Chris Carter would find the end zone from 8-yards out to make it 7-0. The Cougar defense went to work and forced the Oceanside Pirates (8-4) to a four and out and a punt.

Standing and waiting for the punt was the always dangerous Chance Johnson for the Cougars and once again he showed why he was dangerous as he fielded the ball and zipped his way through everything all the way to the house for the 73-yard return and a 13-0 lead after the conversion failed.

Defensively the Cougars were doing the job as they held the Pirates in check especially their stud running back Kavika Tua who came into the contest averaging almost 150 yards a contest.

With the Cougars leading 13-0 at intermission things were looking pretty good.

They would get even better for Steele Canyon as they would extend their lead to 19-0 when Adriel Chargualaf ran it in from 3-yards.

Oceanside wouldn’t be deterred despite trailing Tua being held to under 10 yards of rushing on the night.

All of a sudden something surged the Pirates as the momentum swung their way as Tua would take the handoff with 10:21 find a hole and sprint all the way to the house for the score to make it 19-7. A few minutes later they pulled within 19-10 after a 28-yard field goal by Cedric Marton.

The defense for the Pirates would come up big when the Cougars were pinned deep in their territory and a bad snap occurred leading to a safety making it 19-12.

They would eventually completely erase the 19-point deficit when Tua again came up big as he hauled in a 27-yard catch for a score to knot the game at 19-19 with 19 seconds left in the third quarter.

What a difference a half makes as Tua was limited to 15 yards and in the second half he would rack up 239 yards of total offense including 179 yards on the ground and 68 yards receiving.

Both teams went back and forth in the fourth quarter and the Pirates would actually have a chance to win it but the long field goal was missed thus sending the game into overtime.

Oceanside would take advantage of its first possession at the 25-yard line of the bonus period as Jakob Harris (17 of 30 for 206 yards and 2 TDs) found Rich Jaime who dove into the end zone for the score giving the Pirates their first lead of the contest 26-19.

The Pirates had scored 26 consecutive points against a very stout Cougars defense which brought the Pirate faithful to their feet.

Steele Canyon would get their shot to match the Pirates and they were able to pick up the first down but unfortunately, a costly mistake occurred when on the next play Jalen Ramsey stepped in front and picked off the pass to end the game.

With the win, the Pirates will next week take on Madison in the Semi-Finals.

 

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