OCEANSIDE A pair of touchdowns 35 seconds apart midway through the second half broke open a close game and sent Oceanside on its way to a 35-17 win over Temecula Chaparral in an intersectional game at Oceanside’s Simcox Field on Friday.
The Pirates (2-1) got back on track after a loss to Gardena Serra last week and avoided their first two-game losing streak since 2006, a year in which they won the third of seven straight CIF San Diego Section titles.
“After the emotions of last week, we just needed a win,” Oceanside coach John Carroll said.
With Oceanside leading by five, senior Thai Cottrell, who finished with a game-high 165 rushing yards and three TDs, ripped off a 22-yard scoring run with 19 seconds left in the third quarter. After Alijah Holder intercepted a Chaparral pass on the first play of the fourth quarter, Cottrell ran 30 yards for another score 14 seconds into the fourth, and the Pirates had a 28-9 lead.
The Pirates had to overcome numerous errors to prevail. They fumbled seven times, losing one, threw two interceptions and committed seven penalties for 72 yards.
“We’re not pleased with the way we played,” Carroll said. “We thought we played very sloppy. But at the same time, you win 35-17 when you didn’t play well, what does that say about you? It says you can become something special and a very good football team.”