Oceanside Pirates 28, Point Loma Pointers 24
The Division I semifinal round of playoffs is supposed to be filled with excitement from the moment the whistle is blown all the way until the scoreboard hits zero, and that’s exactly what happened in the Point Loma Pointers match up against the Oceanside Pirates. This thrilling game wasn’t decided until there was one minute left in the fourth quarter. The Pirates were able to defeat the Pointers 28-24 to send them to their 12th straight CIF Championship game.
As you enter John Carroll Stadium at Oceanside High School you can’t help but notice the 15 CIF Championships that the team has won. Many questioned whether the Pirates would be able to continue the tradition of winning if Coach Carroll was no longer at the helm. However, first year head coach David Martinez has kept the tradition alive.
First play of the game the momentum was with Oceanside after Joshua Garcia took a punt return for 70 yards into Point Loma territory. A couple of plays later running back Niko Mageo punched it in from 3 yards out. Mageo had 2 rushing touchdowns on the night, but it was his hard running style throughout the game that kept drives alive for his offense. His performance was a huge part of their success.
Although they were unable to come away with the win, the Point Loma Pointers did not go down without a fight. They started their first possession of the ball game with a 58-yard punt return by Jaylen Griffin to put them into Oceanside territory. Griffin didn’t stop there. He would have another punt return later in the game that measured 87 yards to put his team at Oceanside’s 12-yard line. Quarterback Brenden Torrence finished that drive off with a 1-yard touchdown run to cut Oceanside’s lead to 28-21.
The fourth quarter is when things got interesting. Electing to go for it on 4th & 5 the Pirates were unable to pick up the first down. Point Loma took over on their own 39-yard line with 2 minutes and 53 seconds left and no timeouts. Jaylen Griffin had a 30-yard run to put his team at Oceanside’s 10-yard line. The clock kept ticking and Point Loma thought that they had a touchdown, but it was called back after a holding penalty. Then on the very next play of the drive Torrence was intercepted by Oceanside’s Julian Hicks to end the ball game. With this win the Oceanside Pirates (8-4) will head to Southwestern Community College on December 4th to take on the El Camino Wildcats (7-5) in the CIF Division I Championship at 7PM.
PREVIEW: The 2015 season is coming to an end, but we’ve saved the best for last. This Friday night the Prep Pigskin Report will feature the Point Loma Pointers (8-3) taking on the Oceanside Pirates (7-4). Both teams will go head to head at 7PM at Oceanside High School in the semifinal round of playoffs. What’s at stake? The winner will advance to the 2015 CIF Division I Championship game and the loser will go home empty handed.
The Oceanside Pirates hold the record for most CIF Championship wins with 15. Under head coach John Carroll the Pirates were able to defeat the Helix Highlanders 20-13 last year to add to their long list of wins. This year, under new head coach David Rodriguez the Pirates are continuing what they know how to do and that’s win football games. The defending CIF champs entered playoffs as the #1 seed, which allowed them to advance directly to the quarterfinal round. Last week they beat San Marcos 41-14. Quarterback Robby Beardsley was 11 for 24 with 102 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Running back Niko Mageo also had a strong performance that consisted of 17 carries for 139 yards. However, this week they will be facing a team that has not lost since October 16th.
The Point Loma Pointers are coming off of a dominant performance in the quarterfinal round of playoffs. The Pointers were able to shut out Poway in their 38-0 win last week. Running back Jaylen Griffin made his presence known on the football field. Griffin had 3 touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing. Last year Point Loma was eliminated in the quarterfinal round after losing to Madison 49-28. Perhaps this year they can finish what they started, but in order to do that they will need to defeat a strong Oceanside team that is used to winning playoff games.
Will the Oceanside Pirates find their way back to a CIF Championship treasure chest or will the Point Loma Pointers make them walk the plank? Find out this Friday night at Oceanside High School as the two teams compete for a spot in the 2015 CIF Division I Championship game. After the game is over, be sure to tune in to KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report, San Diego County’s home for prep football highlights and features!