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No. 4 Pirates handle business vs. Vista

10/19/2013, 12:11am PDT
By Tom Saxe, Special to the U-T

Oceanside rests starters after taking control in first half.

— In a game that was played with a running clock in the second half at Dick Haines Stadium on Friday night, Oceanside High coach John Carroll figured his Pirates did exactly what they had to do.

“We played a great first half both on offense and defense. Then we were able to get some of the starters out of there and play some guys who normally don’t get to play much,” Carroll said after the No. 4-ranked Pirates ruined Vista’s homecoming by beating the Panthers 38-7.

Getting starters off the field early were important because Oceanside (5-2, 2-0 in the Avocado West League) was without four key injured players.

“We were able to get healthy and not get anyone else hurt,” Carroll said.

Matthew Romero hit on 9-of-13 pass attempts for 130 yards and three touchdowns and tacked on a 9-yard TD on a quarterback keeper, all in the first half, as Oceanside took a 38-0 lead. “Romero was outstanding,” Carroll said.

In the second half, Romero gave way to sophomore Dakota Miller and transfer Josh Harris, who combined for five completions on nine attempts for 58 additional yards.

Oceanside’s defense, led by an interception by T.K. Dodds, a fumble recovery and sacks by Rafael Sangines, Isaac Dixon and Tommy Woo, limited Vista (1-6, 0-1) to 40 yards of offense.

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