Oceanside Pirates 12, Chaparral Pumas 7

The Oceanside Pirates (1-1) beat the Chaparral Pumas 12-7 (1-1) in a gritty game under the lights. The Pumas had early success in the running game in the first half. In their first drive, they marched the ball down the field and they ended the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run by Austin Bacher. After that drive, the Pirates’ defense settled down and did not allow any more points.

The Pirates offense were forced to kick 2 field goals after they had trouble converting long drives into touchdowns in the first half. In the second half they finally had some success. Max Shuffer connected with Jake Gerardi for a 33-yard touchdown pass. This gave them a 12-7 lead. The Pirates defense took over from there.

With five minutes left in the game the Pirates defense stepped up twice to clinch the victory. PJ Poumele and Niko Mageo both intercepted Puma quarterback Quinten Barry while the Pumas were driving down the field.

This tough victory earned the Pirates praise from their Head Coach David Rodriguez. He said, “We are a young team. We are growing. We are still learning but winning is in our kids DNA. Some way, some how we found enough plays to get it done.”

Next week Oceanside will try to make it two in a row when they welcome a tough San Pasqual team into Simcox field. Meanwhile the Chaparral Pumas will try to avoid three straight losses against the Don Lugo Conquistadors. 

PREVIEW: In Week 3, the Oceanside Pirates (1-1) welcome the Chaparral Pumas (1-1) into town in a non-conference match up. The Eastside Catholic Crusaders blew out the Pirates 49-13 in Oceanside’s home opener last week. The Crusaders exploited the Pirates through the air as quarterback Harley Kirsch racked up 440 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. The Pirates must do better in coverage if they want to beat Chaparral on Friday night.

The Pumas, on the other hand, lost a squeaker against the Poly Bears 35-30. The Pumas relied heavily on their defense and special teams to stay in the game. Michael Onyemaobi and Lloyd Hightower both returned kickoffs for touchdowns. Isaiah Hall also picked up a fumble and ran it back 60 yards for a touchdown. However, their offense could not move the ball well throughout the game and they could not overcome it.

This game will be a good one with both teams desperate for a win. The Pirates and the Pumas will be fighting to correct their mistakes to get their season back on track with a win on Friday September 11, at 7PM. The Red Jacket Army will be there to cover it all and make sure to tune in to KUSI at 10:30PM after the game to catch all the highlights!

Categories: 2014 PPR Archive, 2015 PPR Features, 2015 PPR Features Part 2, Week 3: September 11, 2015