Escondido Cycle Center Game of the Week Recap: Oceanside Pirates 31, San Marcos Knights 14

The Escondido Cycle Center North County Game of the Week saw the Oceanside Pirates run their record to 4-0 after a 31-14 win at San Marcos in each teams Avocado League opener..

The Pirates started the game with an eight play 71 yard drive that ended with a one yard touchdown by Tevin Meadows. What was most impressive was the play of the Oceanside offensive line lead by junior Donovan Laie, and senior linemen Mykel Bernal, Dyllan Tuisee, Mason Buzcek, Isaiah Kaleopa-Tuisee.

San Marcos would answer the bell in the 2nd quarter, on a 22 yard pass on 4th down from senior Bryson Bolin to junior receiver Kyle Phillips tying the game at seven. Just before half, Pirates quarterback Max Shuffer would score from a yard out to give Oceanside a 14-7 lead.

second half was dominated by the Pirates, Junior Jake Gerardi split the uprights from 37 to give Oceanside a 17-7 lead, and then follow that up with s spectacular catch in triple coverage, that set up Shuffer’s second touchdown run of the game.

Shuffer would also throw a touchdown pass late to Julian Hicks for a 31-7 lead.  San Marcos would score one more time, on an 80 yard hook up from Bolin to Phillips, but it was too little too late.

Next week more Avocado League play, San Marcos will travel to El Camino, while the undefeated Pirates will host undefeated Mission Hills.


The Escondido Cycle Center North County Game of the Week takes us to San Marcos.  The San Marcos Knights (3-0) host Oceanside (3-0).  It has definitely been a one sided affair for Oceanside, including last season where the Knights allowed two 4th quarter touchdowns from Max Shuffer to Taj Apodaca.

Shuffer returns in 2016 and he has the best numbers in San Diego County, 42/67 for 896 yards, and 10 TD’s and just one interception, as well as one rushing touchdown. 2nd year coach Dave Rodriguez has two huge wins under his belt in 2016, including a 51-42 week one road win over San Clemente, who were ranked #23 in California at the time.

The Pirates also feature what could be the best offensive line in San Diego, anchored by Junior offensive and defensive tackle Donovan Laie, and senior linemen Mykel Bernal, Dyllan Tuisee, Mason Buzcek & Isaiah Kaleopa-Tuisee.

While junior tight end Jake Gerardi is a dual threat both blocking and receiving and he is also their leading scorer, it just so happens he is their kicker too, leading Oceanside with 36 points (which includes 4 TD Catches).

When you talk about San Marcos, the 1st thing that stands out is the job that head coach Jason Texler has done in his 4+ seasons. From perennial doormat, to yearly CIF contender.

Texler is a "Quarterback Guru", the last two seasons are no exception, Bryson Bolin can sling it with the best of them and he does it in the classroom as well. That’s why several Ivy league schools have already offered him. Bolin is coming off a season where he lead all of San Diego County with 3,099 yards and 30 touchdowns.  This year Bolin has stayed on pace throwing for 913 yards and eight touchdowns in three games.

Bolin’s main target this season is junior receiver Kyle Phillips who has offers from Weber St. and Boise St. In three games this season, Phillips has 16 catches for 329 yards and four touchdowns.

The knights also have a great ground attack featuring Running Back Tyler Rogers. The 5’9 senior running back has cored five touchdowns on just 19 carries this season.

#RicksPick Oceanside 45 San Marcos 41

Extended Highlights and Postgame of this game and 29 more on the Prep Pigskin Report kicking off at 10:30 PM Friday night.

Categories: 2014 PPR Archive, 2015 PPR Archive, 2016 North County Game of the Week, 2016 PPR Features Part 1, 2016 PPR Features Part 2, Week 4: September 16, 2016