Oceanside 26, El Camino 7
Friday night at Herb Meyer Stadium on the campus of El Camino High School, the atmosphere was absolutely intense! From the cheer-offs on the sideline track, to the scuffles, pushing and shoving on the sidelines after a play, this rivalry was as if both teams were undefeated heading into Friday night. But they weren’t. Oceanside proved yet again that they own Oceanside with furious defense and a well-balanced attack on offense, as they raised the Jolly Roger on the Wildcats 26-7.
Although Oceanside committed several penalties in the game, there’s no doubt Head Coach John Carroll of Oceanside will clean this up before the Open playoffs. Oceanside is now 10-0 and is favored to be a #1 or #2 seed depending on how far Cathedral Catholic is ranked. Meantime, El Camino has lost their fourth-straight game and carries a bad taste in their mouth heading to the postseason. El Camino had chances to get this game really close but they should keep their heads high, they fought like crazy and will be a dangerous team in the D-I playoffs.
Oceanside had a bit of a scare in the 2nd quarter when star DE Tommy Woo (commit to the University of Hawai’i) was down on the 50-yard-line for a few minutes. He did get up on his own with trainers but did not return with a dislocated shoulder. Oceanside coaches said it popped back in place and he should be back for the Open playoffs. His comrade on defense DE Amadeo West sealed the second half with a couple of sacks, locking the all-time series rivalry with El Camino at 20 games apiece.
Oceanside will know if they are the top-seed heading into the Open playoffs Saturday and El Camino will learn their D-I seed also on Saturday morning.