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Oceanside entered Friday yearning to end a summer-long audition for starting quarterback, solidifying a definitive replacement for Tofi Paopao before the showdown with football heavyweight Serra of Gardena.

However, following Friday’s 47-28 victory over St. Augustine at Mesa College, which featured Oceanside’s Matt Romero and Dakota Miller alternating series at quarterback, there appears to be more uncertainty than clarity, now, for coach John Carroll.

It appears it’s going to be a battle of attrition. Replacing Paopao’s production of 2,395 yards and 22 touchdowns may be on hold.

“We were simply looking for someone to stand out tonight,” Carroll said.

Both quarterbacks, in their own respects, presented compelling arguments with their arms, intellect and legs.

Granted the starting nod, Romero flourished with the toys surrounding him, finishing with 200 plus yards of passing, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

The former JV starter appeared calm and comfortable in the pocket, even eluding a would-be sack to dump off a pass to Josh Bernard, who sprinted for a 34-yard TD and 14-point lead.

Them came Miller.

Although “the backup,” the left-handed sophomore remained unfazed as he showed little signs of his classification.

In the second quarter, he dismissed a gaffe in which he confused play calls — forcing Carroll to burn a timeout before the Pirates punted — to direct a four-play, 56-yard touchdown drive on the ensuing series.

Perhaps, what little separates them is Romero’s resilience in crunch time. In the second half, St. Augustine mounted a comeback to cut the deficit to seven.

However, under duress, and needing plays, Romero eluded would-be-drive-ending sacks in back-to-back series late in the fourth to find Mikah Holder for a 75-yard touchdown and Bernard for a 40-yard touchdown to seal the game.

Oceanside entered Friday yearning to end a summer-long audition for starting quarterback, solidifying a definitive replacement for Tofi Paopao before the showdown with football heavyweight Serra of Gardena.

However, following Friday’s 47-28 victory over St. Augustine at Mesa College, which featured Oceanside’s Matt Romero and Dakota Miller alternating series at quarterback, there appears to be more uncertainty than clarity, now, for coach John Carroll.

It appears it’s going to be a battle of attrition. Replacing Paopao’s production of 2,395 yards and 22 touchdowns may be on hold.

“We were simply looking for someone to stand out tonight,” Carroll said.

Both quarterbacks, in their own respects, presented compelling arguments with their arms, intellect and legs.

Granted the starting nod, Romero flourished with the toys surrounding him, finishing with 200 plus yards of passing, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

The former JV starter appeared calm and comfortable in the pocket, even eluding a would-be sack to dump off a pass to Josh Bernard, who sprinted for a 34-yard TD and 14-point lead.

Them came Miller.

Although “the backup,” the left-handed sophomore remained unfazed as he showed little signs of his classification.

In the second quarter, he dismissed a gaffe in which he confused play calls — forcing Carroll to burn a timeout before the Pirates punted — to direct a four-play, 56-yard touchdown drive on the ensuing series.

Perhaps, what little separates them is Romero’s resilience in crunch time. In the second half, St. Augustine mounted a comeback to cut the deficit to seven.

However, under duress, and needing plays, Romero eluded would-be-drive-ending sacks in back-to-back series late in the fourth to find Mikah Holder for a 75-yard touchdown and Bernard for a 40-yard touchdown to seal the game.

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