Oceanside’s junior running back Kavika Tua was the star of the night rushing for a season-high 254 yards and scoring 3 of the Pirate’s 4 touchdowns.
“Big thanks to my wide receivers, to my linemen, they were putting up big holes. That’s been a problem lately for us, but they stepped up their game,” Tua said.
Junior quarterback Jakob Harris was efficient for Oceanside going 5 of 9 for 78 and a touchdown when he connected with Jaylin Moncrief from 34 yards out.
Senior running back Cael Helfrich was a bright spot for the Falcons running for 103 yards on 21 carries.
They Said It:
Oceanside senior Jaylin Moncreif was pleased with his team’s overall performance after the game.
“That gave us the mentality that nobody can stop us. Our defense we are meant for the run and we are meant for the pass,” Moncreif said. “We’re confident, we’re explosive, and we’re just too fast.”
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The Falcons had a 1st down on the Oceanside 21-yard line trailing 21-7 early in the 3rd quarter before back-to-back losses of 7 and 10 yards forced them to punt. The Pirates responded with a 91-yard touchdown drive, 84 of those yards coming from Kavika Tua, to taka a 28-7 lead for good.
Last year’s matchup between the teams featured a Torrey Pines 71-41 victory in which Mac Bingham ran for 8 touchdowns as the Falcons ran for 479 yards as a team. That game was on the mind of many Oceanside players heading into this one.
“In all honesty, yes,” Moncreif admitted. “It really was, we were coming out here thinking to dominate and that’s exactly what we did.”
Kavika Tua agreed, “Yes sir! That was one of our main things today. Because they really embarrassed us last year, put up 71 points and that’s in the record books. This win means a lot to us.”
Pirates running back Kavika Tua has become a well-known name throughout San Diego for his impressive rushing totals over the past 3 seasons, but his most impressive skill set may be his ability to break tackles and not go down on the first hit.
“I’ve been doing that since I was young, I’ve been playing the same position. I just always know run hard, no matter what don’t stop, don’t go down, don’t go out of bounds, like that’s not my thing at all. I like to fall forward,” Tua said.
Tua has now gone over 100 yards rushing in 8 of the 9 games he’s played this season and has 15 total touchdowns. The Pirates will host rival El Camino next week to finish out the regular season, while Torrey Pines will host La Costa Canyon in the annual beach bowl.