Same route…same result.
The Oceanside High school football team boarded its buses and headed south for third consecutive week in the CIF-San Diego Division I playoffs Friday nigh.
And while the Pirates didn’t have to go more than a 100 miles like they did in the first two rounds in wins over Eastlake and Steele Canyon, they made the most of the shorter trip with its third straight victory, 45-21, over No. 4-seeded Madison. Oceanside advances to the CIF Division I finals against No. 2 Lincoln at 7 p.m. Saturday at Southwestern College.
In the semifinals against Madison, running back Kavika Tua had 272 yards in total offense (209 rushing, 63 receiving) and quarterback Jakob Harris threw for 300 yards (16-of-28, 3 TDs) for the Pirates, who overwhelmed the Warhawks in the second half.
Receiver Rich Jaime (3 catches, 128 yards) caught a 56-yard pass from Harris on the Pirates’ first possession for a 7-0 lead. Madison rallied back take a 14-7, but Oceanside came through with two scores just before halftime to take control of the game. First, Tua went around left tackle for a 96-yard TD run and then Jaime spilt the Warhawk defense for a 49-yard scoring pass from Harris.
Linebacker Jalen Ramsey returned a fumble 64-yards on Madison’s first drive and the Pirates went ahead 28-14 and were in control from. Tua (12-yard TD run) and Kameron Beachem (9-yard TD reception) rounded out the scoring for Oceanside, which improved its record to 9-3.