Oceanside El Camino High School lost its last four games of the regular season, but that didn’t keep the Wildcats from winning their San Diego Section playoff opener Friday night and advancing to the Division I quarterfinals next week against No. 1 seed San Pasqual.
Adam Baker made the difference with four big plays — two on offense and two on defense — as El Camino held off visiting Point Loma 14-13 at Herb Meyer Stadium. The Wildcats are now 5-6, while the Pointers end the season also 5-6.
Baker, the Wildcats’ quarterback, hooked up with Dreshawn Epps on a 62-yard pass play 1 minute, 10 seconds into the second quarter to put El Camino in front 7-3.
Then, after Dirk Lacy returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards to give the Pointers a 10-7 lead, Baker threw a second touchdown pass to Anthony Taele in the left corner of the end zone with 4:24 remaining in the third quarter to put the Wildcats back in front 14-10.
Jamie Medina kicked his second field goal of the game, a 42-yarder, to pull Point Loma within a point early in the fourth quarter. But that’s the way the game ended as Medina was short on a 51-yard attempt with 10 seconds left in the game.
On defense, Baker blew up a third-down play at midfield later in the fourth quarter, then knocked the ball loose and cornerback Eric Wilson fell on the fumble to halt a Point Loma drive with 4:21 remaining.
Baker also teamed up with inside linebacker Daniel Aguilar on a sack.
Point Loma’s Armando Smith apparently scored when he hurdled a defender near the goal-line at the end of a 15-yard run with just under two minutes to play in the first half. But the play was nullified by a penalty and, on the following play, Wilson intercepted a pass in the end zone and ran it out to the 15-yard line.
Also for El Camino, down lineman J.C. Losack gave Point Loma’s fly sweep offense big-time problems with four sacks and tackles for losses.
The teams were scoreless late in the first quarter when Lacy intercepted a Baker pass at the El Camino 39 and returned it to the 2-yard line. But Taele’s sack stalled the Point Loma drive and the Pointers settled for Medina’s 30-yard field goal, which gave Point Loma a 3-0 lead.