The Oceanside High School football team’s magical run through the playoffs came up one trick short. Make that one yard short.
The Pirates were stopped at the 1-yard line with less than a minute to play as Corona del Mar eked out a 14-7 victory in the Southern California Regional 1-A playoffs Saturday night at Newport Harbor High School.
The Sea Kings, who were ranked No. 3 in the state and 12th in the nation, were put on their collective heels by the OHS defense, which forced five fumbles. Tony Galiano, Taeden Washington and Cannon Belew all recovered fumbles in the first half to thwart CdM drives. In the second half, Trejan Apodaca and Vincent Fonoti pounced on fumbles that gave Oceanside a chance to win in the final minute.
Running back Kavika Tua (29 carries, 134 yards) scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter to give the Pirates a 7-0 lead . The Sea Kings responded with a touchdown of their own to tie the game at 7-7. Early in the fourth quarter, CdM went ahead 14-7, setting up the late fourth-quarter drama.