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Pirates stuff Highlanders in final minute, win fifth section championship in a row


Oceanside and Helix have met in the Division II finals five times in the past eight years. Their most recent edition was by far the most exciting, a 23-19 Oceanside win that was in question until the very end.

With the win, the Pirates have now won five section titles in a row.

“It means a lot. Coach Carroll said nobody’s ever done that before,” said Oceanside senior Rene Siluano. “We practice so hard, and who ever practices the hardest gets what they deserve – and we deserve it.”

But the fifth one looked like it was going to slip away with Helix driving for the game winning score late in the game. The Highlanders got all the way to Oceanside’s one-yard line.

On second and goal with 40 seconds left, Helix quarterback Ty Culver attempted a jump pass. Highlanders tight end Levine Toilolo, the intended receiver, fell down and Siluano intercepted the touch pass in the end zone for a touchback, preserving an Oceanside victory.

“I saw the line in pass set, there obviously no going to run, so you back up and watch where he’s going to throw it,” Siluano said. “He threw it low.”

“Most exciting finish no doubt about it,” said Oceanside head coach John Carroll.

The game was a back-and-forth affair throughout. Oceanside (12-0-1) began the game by recovering an onside kick and jumped out 7-0 less than a minute in when quarterback Jordan Wynn found Demario Coleman on a screen for a 26-yard touchdown. Helix (10-2-1)answered at the end of the quarter with a Ty Culver five-yard touchdown to make it a one-point game.

After trading touchdowns, Oceanside pulled ahead on a Jose Velasquez field goal with 31.8 second left in the half. It was Helix, though, who threw the final punch in the first half, a 25-yard Travon Van touchdown run that put the Highlanders ahead 19-16 at the half.

Oceanside took the opening drive of the second half for a touchdown, a one-yard Jake Fely run. Fely’s score would end up being the game winner, as neither team scored in the final 18 minutes.

The Pirates played the final three quarters without starting linebacker Justin Vaeena and wide receiver Demario Coleman. Both suffered injuries in the first quarter that would sideline them for the rest of the game.

“My heart bleeds for him,” Carroll said of Vaeena. “He’s the heart and soul of our defense. Justin pumped the team up in the second half. He kept the defense going even when he wasn’t out there.”

“For us to be able to survive that is a true credit to every kid on the team,” Carroll said.

Oceanside now waits to see if they will be selected for the state bowl game. The Pirates are the defending Division II state champions.

“All week I said screw the state bowl – I’m going to win the CIF championship because that’s what’s most important,” Siluano said. “State is an honor, but if we don’t go, it was a great season.”

Extending their unbeaten streak 13 more games and winning a fifth section title in a row, that much cannot be disputed.

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OSIDEGUY Dec. 13, 2008 @ 7:41 p.m.

O'SIDE pulled together after 3 injuries and held them to two first downs in the second half. TJ really stepped his game up while replacing Justin, Galea'i had a GREAT stuff in the middle, just to set up Siluano's INT. GREAT JOB PIRATES, a team like that deserves to go to state. OG


sdsportsfan Dec. 14, 2008 @ 1:09 p.m.

Oceanside is a good team! No doubt about that!

Cathedral is a good team! No doubt about that!

But, OSide fans.....lets not let your emotions get tangled up in the FACTS!

As Sgt. Friday of the Old Time Detective TV Show used to say often...."Just The Facts!".

9 of the 10 teams Cathedral played during the regular season made the CIF Playoffs. Oceanside can not make that claim!

Cathedral posted a 5-0 record against teams who were in higher Divisions than they were. They played no teams who were in lower Divisions than they were.

Oceanside posted a 4-0 record against teams that played in a higher Division than they played in. Oceanside played 3 teams, and posted a 2-0-1 record against teams that played in a lower Division than they did ??????????

Who played the tougher schedule? You decide!

There's a reason the Cathedral Dons have been the No. 1 team in the San Diego Section (as identified by the UT Rankings) since November 17th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


sdsportsfan Dec. 14, 2008 @ 3:46 p.m.

Hey.....Oceanside !

You had a great year. You should be proud of your team, and it's performance. You were one of the best in the San Diego Section this year !

Cathedral......You were the best!

Cathedral will represent San Diego well at the Division II Championship Bowl next week in Carson!

Go Dons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


OSIDEGUY Dec. 14, 2008 @ 10:04 p.m.

Well now were gonna see the North demolish the ONE man team.... O'SIDE GREAT SEASON, good luck DONS.


Bottomline Dec. 14, 2008 @ 11:04 p.m.

Here is the true facts. Common opponents, Oceanside outscored the common opponents by 94 points. Cathedral by 69 points. The biggest and most powerful factor is, Oceanside held these common opponents to a average of 12.66 points per game, while Cathedral a whopping 30.0 points per games. Cathedral allowed a weak Lincoln High to score 32 points on them? While the Oceanside Pirates shut them out 41-0. Virtually all teams with a pulse make the playoffs (not a strong argument). Oceanside played 4 ranked teams, while Cathedral played only 1. Oceanside has won 5 CIF in a row with the "big boys" and have not been defeated in 25 games. But, the biggest factor, again the biggest factor was evident Friday night. And many people agreed, the Cathedral vs Valhalla game looked like it was in slow-motion. The passes floated in air,the hitting was not as hard,the precision, and speed of the game was at a far lower level than the D-II championship. To simply state, the Cathdral vs Valhalla game looked like what it was, lower level weak D-III football. It was obvious to the eye, and literally just a step above D-IV with only one good player on the field Gaffney.It was D-III at its best, which is a step slower, step down in skill, and mainly in the hitting aspect. Facts are facts, but the eye doesnt lie ! But, if all you see is this slow-motion D-III football then you have nothing to compare it to. It was the "tie" Oceanside had that allowed the one man team to obtain number 1 in combination with the pressure to put a undefeated team to that spot ignoring all facts and intangebles.


OSIDEGUY Dec. 15, 2008 @ 3:13 p.m.

It made since to take tha DONS even though I would have picked O'SIDE b/c of the injuries. CC was the healthier team, they shouldn't be eligible for the bowl game in DII anyway, but they never factored the "past" into judgement. 5 consecutive C.I.F Titles and defending state champs should not even be questioned. OG


sdsportsfan Dec. 16, 2008 @ 4:16 p.m.

Cathedral.......ONE MAN TEAM?

Tell that to Parker Hipp, Cathedral Quarterback.

Hipp finished in the Top Ten in most QB stats in the San Diego Section. Nearly 2300 yards passing.....and 23 TD's (as many as highly touted Scripps Ranch QB Tate Forcier!). He had 301 rushing, and another 2 TD's via this route.

In the Division III title victory he passed for 207 yards, and 3 TD's !

Cathedral.......Hardly a ONE MAN TEAM !

Congratulations to Oceanside for posting a fine season!


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