Oceanside Pirates 35, Mission Hills Grizzlies 31

Oceanside’s Kyrin Beachem may have thrown three touchdowns tonight to upset No. 8 Mission Hills, but the real MVP of the evening was the Pirates’ defense.

As the game was coming down to the wire, the Grizzlies had one final snap to change the course of the game, but Oceanside was able to force a turnover on downs, securing a 35-31 victory.

The Pirates set the tone early with a 73-yard connection from Kyrin Beachem to Dylan York–one of three touchdowns these two would connect on.

Oceanside was under the impression they’d be heading into halftime with a comfortable 28-10 lead, but with 13 seconds left on the clock Mission Hills quarterback Joey Armentrout found Quinton Hadnot in the corner of the end zone to cut it to 28-17.

Thanks to the quick touchdown at the end of the half, Mission Hills opened the third quarter with momentum, continuing to chip away at Oceanside’s lead.

Armentrout pitched the pigskin to Justin Castro who found a gap in the Pirates defense for a 23-yard touchdown. The Grizzlies cut the lead to four, sitting steady with over six minutes to go in the third quarter.

Fighting back from a 28-10 deficit, Mission Hills regained the lead with a 7-yard connection from Armentrout to Jadan Washington. The scoring play marked the end pf the third quarter with the Grizzlies on top 31-28.

Oceanside answered back with four minutes left in the game after sophomore running back Kavika Tua got loose from Mission Hills’ defense, sprinting down the sideline for a 27-yard touchdown to win the game.

The Pirates (3-3, 1-2) will continue conference play next Friday at Carlsbad High School (3-3, 1-2) who are coming off an overtime loss against Torrey Pines. Mission Hills (2-4, 1-1) will travel to Torrey Pines High School to face the No. 1 ranked Falcons (6-0, 2-0).

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PREVIEW: Chris Hauser has a reputation for getting the most out of his bye weeks, posting a 6-2 record over the past eight seasons with Mission Hills High School.

Many programs across San Diego County can’t say the same, but David Rodriguez is ready to give the Grizzlies a run for their money this Friday.

Although the Oceanside head coach supports a 1-2 record over his first three seasons following bye weeks, Rodriguez has dealt with what any new coach does in his first couple seasons but is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Some of that light comes from his young roster, which includes arguably one of the best sophomores in the county — running back Kavika Tua.

The 5-foot-7 sophomore came as a surprise last year, making his debut on varsity during the Pirates’ last regular season game of 2017 against crosstown rival El Camino High School. Over four games, the freshman accounted for 551 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.

Tua remains a staple on offense this season, becoming even more of a threat than ever before.

Senior quarterback Kyrin Beachem has found Tua to be one of his favorite targets in the passing game, connecting with him multiple times in the end zone this season already.

Despite the offensive capability of Tua and Beachem, it won’t come easy for the Pirates this week. Mission Hills has a reputation for producing strong, defensive talent year after year — including current 49ers linebacker Fred Warner — with this year being no different.

Two forces headlining the Grizzlies’ roster this season is linebacker Mckyle So’oto and strong safety Jason Boyle.

Scary enough, So’oto is only a sophomore this year and leads the team in tackles (47), solo tackles (27) and has the highest average per game (9.4). Boyle has almost identical numbers, accounting for 45 tackles (25 solo) and averaging 9.0 per game.

On the offensive side of the ball, junior wide receivers Joe Smith and Quinton Hadnot have been a duo that teams struggle to contain. Through five games, the duo accounts for 1,181 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns.

Mission Hills opened the season 0-3 but have since turned their season around and find themselves on PPR’s Top 9 at No. 8. The Grizzlies (2-3, 1-0) will be making their way to Oceanside this Friday to take on the Pirates (1-4, 0-2) in an Avocado League game.

Oceanside leads the series with Mission Hills, 7-5-1, but the Grizzlies have won the past three meetings.

Will this be the year the Pirates snap their three-game losing streak against Mission Hills or will the Grizzlies continue the trend?

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