Marty Graham 4:30 p.m., Feb. 24
Game of the Week: Mira Mesa at Oceanside
Pirates' offense too much for Marauders
For a little more than a quarter Friday night at Simcox Field, Mira Mesa kept up with Oceanside’s high-octane offense. For the rest of the game, the Pirates unleashed an aerial assault on the Marauders on their way to a convincing 42-24 win, a win that leaves no doubt as to who is the top team in the county.
“We came out and we were thinking this is going to be a tough game for us we have to step it up and this week in practice we stepped up, we fulfilled our purpose and we came out with a win tonight,” said sophomore wide receiver Demario Coleman.
Coleman led all receivers with 166 yards and two touchdowns on six catches. He and teammate Osmond Nicholas (five receptions, 111 yards and one touchdown) were Pirates quarterback Jordan Wynn’s favorite targets on the evening. Wynn had a career night, finishing the game 19-of-23 for 356 yards and four touchdowns, three in the second half.
“We just started taking shots down the field,” Wynn said.
Both of Coleman’s touchdowns against Mira Mesa came against single coverage. The sophomore exploited that matchup Friday night and plans to against future opponents.
“One-on-one against me? I’m thinking touchdown, baby. Every time I’m thinking six points,” Coleman said.
For Mira Mesa, Kevin Ozier led the offense with 175 yards passing and 83 yards on the ground. Marauders running back Damian Williams rushed for 41 yards and two touchdowns – both in the first quarter.
“We played a pretty good first half; second half we didn’t answer. They picked up their game in the second half,” said Mira Mesa head coach Gary Blevins.
Mira Mesa kept pace with Oceanside early and trailed 28-17 at the break. But as Oceanside’s offense heated up in the third quarter, their defense put the clamps on Mira Mesa, holding the Marauders scoreless after the break until late in the fourth quarter.
With the strength of their second half defense, the Pirates’ two touchdowns in a two-and-a-half-minute span in the third quarter were enough to put the game out of reach.
“That confidence level – how we finish – is just part of being a Pirate. The kids know it and the coaches know it: we’re going to finish strong,” said Oceanside defensive coordinator Patrick Coleman.
Mira Mesa (2-1) will look to get back on track next Friday in an afternoon game at Point Loma (2-1). Oceanside has a bye next week and begins Valley League play at home against San Marcos (2-1) on Oct. 3.
Oceanside quarterback Jordan Wynn finished with 356 yards and four touchdowns in the Pirates 42-24 win over Mira Mesa.