Like any good attorney would say after a satisfying performance, “The defense rests.”
The Oceanside varsity football team left Eastlake High School Friday feeling like fictional lawyers Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird), Perry Mason (The Perry Mason Show) and Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad) all rolled into one with a defensive gem in the CIF Division I first round.
The Pirates held the Titans to 80 yards in total offense en route to a 10-0 victory. No. 9 OHS advances to the quarterfinals against top seed Steele Canyon Friday in Spring Valley. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Eastlake had its share of defensive moments, especially in the first half, holding Oceanside to 66 total yards, including 8 yards rushing. The Pirates were also up to the task, limiting the Titans to 26 total yards with none through the air.
Cedric Marton’s 32-yard field goal with 2:42 left in the third quarter broke the 0-0 tie. That slim 3-0 lead seemed to inspire the OHS defense in the fourth quarter as it held Eastlake to minus 32 rushing and just 26 passing yards.
Running back Kavika Tua iced the game with under two minutes to play with a 2-yard TD run. Tua finished with 101 yards on 24 carries. Eastlake threatened on its final drive, but Rich Jaime intercepted a pass in the end zone to sent the Pirates to the quarterfinals.