Week 3 Game of the Week: San Marcos Knights 49, Oceanside 42
The recipe for the San Marcos Knights this season has been to come from behind to get a victory. That trend continued in their thrilling 49-42 win over Oceanside in their Avocado League opener.
Oceanside’s senior quarterback Kyrin Beachem and San Marco’s Miles Hastings matched each other with explosive plays throughout the night.
Beachem got the scoring started with an 80-yard touchdown run just a few minutes into the first quarter giving the Pirates a 7-0 lead.
Hastings and the Knights marched down the field on their first possession with Aaron Norita scoring a touchdown to tie the game.
San Marcos then took the lead in the second quarter when Hastings hit Quinn Roff with a 24-yard touchdown making it 13-7 Knights.
Beachem scored his second touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run and Oceanside took a 14-13 lead into the half.
The second half saw both teams trade scores back and forth highlights by Kavika Tua scoring on an 85-yard screen pass to give the Pirates a 21-13 lead in the third quarter.
After the Knights took a 26-21 lead late in the third quarter Oceanside responded with a Trejan Apodaca 52-yard touchdown run and a 28-26 lead.
However, San Marcos took control of the game in the fourth quarter. Hastings threw a touchdown pass to Jalen Bainer to take the lead 34-28 and the Knights would not relinquish it after that.
Hastings finished the night 18-of-22 for 347 yards and four touchdowns. Beachem, despite the loss put up incredible stats as well. He rushed 26 times for 300 yards and was 12-of-21 passing for 197 yards two touchdowns.
The Oceanside Pirates (1-1) host the San Marcos Knights (2-0) this Friday night in what will be a major showcase of talent in the Cox Communications Game of the Week.
Do not let the one loss fool you, the Pirates are young, talented, and hungry to get back to their dominant ways.
Led by all-purpose senior Kyrin Beachem, the Pirates can hurt teams in a myriad of ways. Beachem gained over 2,000 yards last season featured as a quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and kick returner.
Sophomore running back Kavika Tua got a late-season call-up last year and is using that experience to his advantage in his first full season on varsity.
Defensively, junior defensive end Chris Laie commands a lot of attention. He can go get the quarterback. He plays tight end on offense and often serves effectively as an extra blocker.
The one loss for Oceanside was to San Clemente, which is currently ranked in the top 50 in California according to Max Preps.
With San Marcos now part of the Avocado League, this game takes on extra importance as this will be the league opener for both teams.
The Knights came from behind to eke out a 24-21 win against Otay Ranch on opening night and had to do the same last week against Grossmont.
Senior signal caller Miles Hastings leads the way for the San Marcos attack.
In the first two games of the season, he has completed 67 percent of his passes for 440 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
On defense, senior defensive end Quinn Roff is dangerous to opposing offenses. He is tied for the team lead with two sacks to start the year.
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