Going into the CIF-San Diego Division I finals last Saturday at Southwestern College, Lincoln High School wanted the game to be a track meet, while Oceanside wanted things settled in the octagon.
The No. 2-seeded Hornets, which had taken a pounding for nearly 3 1/2 quarters, finally tapped out much to the delight of the pro-Pirate crowd of 8,200 as Oceanside hoisted the championship belt with 28-10 victory.
This title is the 17th in school history in 22 trips to the finals. The Pirates advance to the Southern 1-A Regional Bowl Saturday to play Corona del Mar, the Division 3 Southern Section Champion and the third-ranked team in the state. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.at Newport Harbor High School.
Tied 7-7 at halftime, safety Trejan Apodaca, who had missed the previous four games due to a sprained knee, broke through on a blitz and sacked Lincoln quarterback Chris Davila, forcing a fumble that was scooped up by Shawn Ramsey who sprinted 61 yards for the go-ahead score and a 14-7 lead.
Lincoln closed the gap to 14-10 on a 26-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.
Then, came the knockout punch. Running back Kavika Tua (24 carries, 133 yards, two TDs) sprinted around left end for a 41-yard score late in the third quarter. Tyrell Bellmon caught at 51-yard TD pass from Jakob Harris to finish out the scoring for Oceanside, which improves to 11-3 overall.
Shawn Ramsey, who had an interception to go along with his fumble recovery TD, led the Pirates with 11 tackles, Defensive end Kiki Laie had seven tackles and two sacks, while Taden Washington and Jalen Ramsey had seven and six tackles apiece.