Eastside Catholic Crusaders 49, Oceanside Pirates 13
The 2015 Honor Bowl, honoring military veterans, took place this weekend at Oceanside High School. Game two of the night had the Oceanside Pirates hosting the Seattle, Washington Eastside Catholic Crusaders.
Oceanside would draw first blood. Pirates’ quarterback Max Shuffer would pass to Ronan Ivanovich for the 26-yard touchdown, which would be the only points for Oceanside in the 1st half.
The Pirates would quickly find out why the Crusaders are ranked third in all of Washington. Eastside Catholic would score 42 unanswered points before halftime. Oceanside’s defense was unable to stop Crusaders’ tightend Hunter Bryant who would haul in 4 TD’s before the half. Bryant would burn the Pirates’ defensive backs consecutive times on plays, averaging more than 30 yards on 3 of his touchdowns. The best play of the night was when the Crusaders had two tenths of a second remaining with the ball on the Pirates’ 8-yard line. Crusaders’ quarterback Harley Kirsch would find an open Bryant in the left corner of the end zone for his 4th receiving touchdown at the half.
Oceanside will have to wait until next Friday night to rebound and try to win their first home game of this season. Eastside Catholic Crusaders would pick up their first win of the season and go on to win tonight’s game, 49 to 13, over Oceanside.
PREVIEW: The 3rd annual Honor Bowl High School Football Showcase will be held at Simcox Field, in Oceanside, this upcoming weekend. The funds from this event will benefit military veterans and will feature eight high school varsity programs from around Southern California and the state of Washington.
The Oceanside Pirates (1-0) will host the Eastside Catholic Crusaders (0-0) this Friday. The Pirates, led by new Head Coach Dave Rodriguez, will be looking for their second win this season. The Crusaders will be traveling from Seattle, Washington for their first game of the season in this non-conference match-up. The Pirates will hope to have a quicker start in scoring this week. Last week against San Marcos it took the Pirate’s offense until the fourth quarter to finally find its rhythm and come away with a 28-10 victory.
For the Crusaders this will be their first game of the season. Their defensive backs will be tested early against the Pirates strong wide-outs who were able to catch four touchdowns in last week’s victory. The Crusaders’ front seven will have to get to Pirates’ quarterback Max Shuffer early before he gets a hot hand in this game.
If the Pirates want to add to their wins they will have to get through a Crusader team who recently earned the top spot in division 3A by the Associated Press. This should be an interesting match-up for the fans heading to Simcox Field this Friday at 8 p.m.