Friday night’s matchup was nothing short of exciting, with both teams playing relentlessly to try to advance to the next round. The Oceanside Pirates (5-6) would finished on top though with a 35-19 victory over the Bonita Vista Barons (0-11) to advance them to the second round of playoffs.
Although the Barons finished the season without a win, they came out looking like champions the first half giving the Pirates a run for their money. Bonita Vista opened the game with a Franklin Forbes to John-Michael Inzunza connection for an 11-yard touchdown.
Oceanside was not able to answer back until the second quarter, but freshman running back Kavika Tua’s was able to find the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown. Tua was just pulled up to varsity last week and finished the night with over 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Bonita Vista took the lead again nearly seven plays later with a 46-yard touchdown run from Tahj Stewart. The extra point was missed, only putting the Barons up 13-7 with 9:40 left in the second quarter.
Just when Bonita Vista thought they were going to head into halftime with a lead over Oceanside, Franklin Forbes threw a pick-six into the hands of Pirates corner Raymond Terrones. The junior returned the ball 34-yards to take a 14-13 lead heading in to halftime.
Oceanside came out of halftime with a new energy, immediately taking control of the game. Quarterback Alex Miller helped increased the Pirates lead 21-13 with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Kyrin Beachem in the end zone.
Bonita Vista tried to come back, but Oceanside would finish on top 35-19.
The Pirates will head down south to Point Loma High School next Friday to take on the No. 4 seeded Pointers.
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PREVIEW: If there’s something the Prep Pigskin Report is good at, it’s providing quality coverage of high school football across San Diego County. This week the Red Jackets will be making their way up North to cover a first-round match-up for the Division I bracket – No. 12 seed Bonita Vista Barons (0-10, 0-4) at No. 5 seed Oceanside Pirates (4-6, 1-5).
The Pirates are coming in to Week 12 with high spirits after an upset win against rival school El Camino (5-5, 2-4) last week. Friday’s thriller was sealed by a game-winning 25-yard field goal kicked by 5’2 sophomore Jose Aguirre, securing them one win in the Avocado League.
When looking at Oceanside’s’ record for the 2017 season, some may argue that the Pirates aren’t who they used to be. This could be true, but if you look at who their losses were to, five of the six were from league play alone. Oceanside is apart of arguably the toughest conference in the county, which includes No. 1 ranked Mission Hills (10-0, 6-0), No. 4 ranked La Costa Canyon (7-3, 4-2), No. 5 ranked San Marcos (8-2, 4-2), No. 9 ranked Torrey Pines (6-4, 3-3), and El Camino who used to be ranked until last week’s loss.
On top of that, Oceanside has one of the toughest schedules according to MaxPreps. Their schedule was granted a rating of 38.5, topping all of the teams in the Avocado League.
Oceanside is hoping to build off of last week’s win, silencing any doubters as they enter the playoffs. Before they do that though, they will need to focus on Friday’s game against Bonita Vista.
The Barons are still searching for their first win of the season, but what better way than to garner their first win by upsetting a No. 5 seed? Friday’s match won’t be a walk in the park, but if they can focus on shutting down some of the Pirates’ top players, we could be expecting a good game this week.
There is no injury report for either team, and both programs are expected to be playing with full, active rosters.
The winner of Friday’s game will player No. 4 seed Point Loma (6-4, 3-1) in the second round of the Division I Playoffs.
Highlights of this game and 18 others from around San Diego County can be seen on the Emmy-Award winning high school football show "Prep Pigskin Report." Kick off is at 10:30 every Friday night during the fall on KUSI-TV Channel 9/51. Live streaming of the show will also be available on KUSI.com.