The Oceanside Pirates had to overcome adversity before their game against the Morse Tigers got underway in National City. It turned out that would be a foreshadowing of their fortunes in-game as well in pulling out a 35-29 road victory to even their season record at 1-1.
About 45 minutes before the scheduled kick-off Pirates head coach David Rodriguez stood by helplessly as a couple of maintenance workers tried to pry open a cargo door on the side of their bus. All of the linebacker’s equipment was stored inside and they wouldn’t be able to play without it. It took about 15 minutes but the door was finally successfully opened.
Both teams relied heavily on their running games and the first half was a track meet. Pirate’s runningback Jonathon Segi ran for four touchdowns. Tigers quarterback Tim Patrick had a 67 yard touchdown run and Martell Irby added a 90 yard scamper. Oceanside led 28-15 at the half.
Morse rallied to take the lead 29-28 with 5:53 left in the game thanks to a two yard touchdown run by Irby; his third of the night. But Oceanside’s Segi scored his fifth touchdown in the game to eventually win it. The Tigers fell to 1-1.
Next week Oceanside (1-1) hosts San Marcos (2-0) while Morse (1-1) travels to Chula Vista (0-2).
Preview: While the Oceanside Pirates and the Morse Tigers both ended their 2017 football debut with opposite outcomes, they’ll both enter week two looking to build on the game’s results when they face each other this Friday. The Pirates will be trying to avoid a consecutive loss in the second non-conference game, while the Tigers will be heading into the new week with some winning momentum. As we enter week two, here are some key things that can help and hurt both teams in their second game of the season.
Oceanside’s disappointing 28-18 loss at the hands of the San Clemente Tritons did come with some silver lining. The team thrived in their run game as they had two backs in Kyrin Beachem (Jr) and Jonathan Sego (Sr) capable of taking it down the field. They average 8.0 and 5.5 yards per carry respectively for a total of 185 yards and a touchdown a piece.
However, that also points out the fact that they couldn’t convert the extra point on any of their scoring possessions which will prove detrimental in tighter games down the stretch.
On the other side, the home team Morse High School pulled off a narrow victory their first game with a 26-19 win over Mount Miguel. Building off of last year, the team showed the strength of their ground game. They had three players produce 40-plus yard runs that were converted into touchdowns. That included a 72 rush by A.J Vilaysane.
What didn’t stand out was the team’s aerial game. If the Oceanside Pirates can force the Tigers to rely on passing, Morse may find a little more trouble putting some points on the scoreboard. The team failed to come up with a passing touchdown in week one.
The season is still young, which means the direction of either team is still unclear. What is certain however is both will be battling it out on the field to leave Friday night victorious. Who succeeds? Tune into the Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30 P.M. to find out.