TEMECULA Chaparral delivered a message Friday. So did the Oceanside Pirates. But the Pumas, perhaps, spoke louder.
Midway through the third quarter, the No.?2 San Diego Section team accumulated just 105 yards, six first downs and one touchdown. Its defense didn’t do much better. It surrendered 305 yards and four touchdowns during that span.
Kellen Mataafa went 7 for 9 for 117 yards and two touchdowns as the Pumas defeated the Pirates 40-30. Justin Harris chipped in 160 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for Chaparral, which avenged last season’s loss to Oceanside.
“Bottom line, they’re an outstanding team,” said Oceanside coach John Carroll. “Tonight had to be a physical game and unfortunately, tonight, they won the physical part.”
The Pumas delivered their statement in the second quarter when Mataafa scrambled for a 3-yard touchdown that put them ahead by 17 points. It was their fourth scoring drive in seven possessions.
“I’m proud of my guys,” said Chaparral coach Ryan Tukua. “We held on to the football. The big plays gave us momentum and we tried to wear them out.”
Oceanside gave the Pumas a scare late. Tofi Paopao hit Mikah Holder for a couple of touchdown passes late in the game to cut the deficit to 10 points.