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Oceanside wins easy, gives game ball to Carroll

11/01/2013, 11:42pm PDT
By John Maffei

Longtime Pirates coach returns after two nights in hospital during the week.

— John Carroll went stealth on Friday night.

After spending two nights in the hospital following a dizziness spell, the Oceanside High football coach sneaked into the pressbox at Oceanside, took a seat and let his assistants handle the Avocado West League first-place showdown.

No problem as the No. 2-ranked Pirates beat La Costa Canyon 43-0.

It was the third shutout of the season for the Pirates and second in a row after blanking Ramona last week 42-0.

After Friday’s win, longtime Oceanside assistant coach Rick Girardi presented Carroll with a game ball. Then Carroll addressed the team.

“You played with passion, you played like champions,” Carroll said. “The coaches did a fantastic job getting you ready. You guys deserve all the credit.”

Jace Whittaker gets a lot of the credit.

The Arizona-bound senior scored four times on pass receptions of 19 and 21 yards, an 80-yard run to open the third quarter and a 50-yard punt return to finish the scoring.

“This was a very emotional game,” Whittaker said. “We knew what we had to do to get it done. We played for Coach Carroll and Pirates pride tonight. We wanted to come out as intense as we could.”

The first half was all Oceanside as Isaac Dixon recovered a La Costa Canyon fumble on the first play from scrimmage and the Pirates converted with Matt Romero hitting Whittaker with a 19-yard scoring pass 90 seconds into the game.

Thai Cottrell got Oceanside on the board early in the second quarter on a 24-yard run.

Romero and Whittaker hooked up later in the quarter on a 21-yard scoring pass to make it 20-0 at the half.

Oceanside (7-2, 3-0) held LCC (6-3, 3-1) to 114 yards rushing.

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