2014: Week 16: Disaster!

Oh, my!

This had to be the worst weekend of football in San Diego County prep history.

Two state championship games, one a devastating blowout, the other an almost certain victory flushed in the final two minutes.

If John Carroll was thinking of retiring, and we have no idea what he’s thinking, would the great Oceanside coach  want to go out with such a stain on his legacy?

That stain was an astonishing, 68-7 loss to Folsom in the D-I championship, a loss made more incongruous in that the Pirates actually were the first team to score.

Oceanside went in front, 7-0,  on the game’s opening drive, the first time all season that its 16-0 opponent had been behind.


El Capitan seemed comfortable in the favorite’s role as it stunned Moraga Campolindo for three, third-quarter touchdowns and  a 28-7 lead.

Campolindo battled back to tie the game but El Cap appeared ready to go in for the  winning touchdown or field goal when a fumble on  the 10-yard line  was recovered by the Cougars.

The result of the fumble recovery was a surreal, 90-yard run to the house that ended El Capitan’s hopes for a 15-0 season.

Final score, Campolindo 35, El Cap 28.

“You never know which way the ball’s going to bounce,” said Vaqueros quarterback Brad Cagle, who finished the game with a broken bone in his foot.  “That’s why they make it the shape that it is.”

Cagle was visiting with Kirk Kenney of UT-San Diego.

Kinney’s colleagues, the newspaper’s two North County reporters, left the Carson StubHub Center post-haste the night before after the Oceanside destruction.

John Maffei covered the North County basketball tournament yesterday and Terry Monahan was at Serra High, watching the Girls’ Kiwanis Tournament.

The football season had ended with a resounding thud.

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