Loara tops Ocean View to earn a playoff spot
ANAHEIM - Joseph Stirrat ran for two first-half touchdowns and David Gistlinck added a pair of scoring passes as Loara clinched a spot in the CIF playoffs with a 28-17 victory over Ocean View in a Golden West League game at Glover Field on Friday night.
Stirrat scored on runs of 17 and 48 yards after starting running back Connor O’Shea was injured midway through the first quarter. The 48-yarder, which gave the Saxons a 14-3 lead with 9:13 left in the second quarter, came on a direct snap.
“He’s been playing wide receiver most of the year,” Loara coach Dean Lappin said. “We had to move him back there. Joseph can run well. He can make some plays.”
Ocean View (4-6, 2-3) answered Stirrat’s second score quickly, with Dallas Broge firing an 80-yard touchdown pass to Reo Washington, cutting the lead to 14-10 with 8:55 to go in the half.
But a late scoring drive, set up by Stirrat’s interception of a Broge pass, gave Loara a 20-10 lead at the break. Gistlinck connected with Kyle O’Shea on a 10-yard touchdown with 31 seconds left, but Andy Franco’s kick was no good.
Gistlinck found Kyle O’Shea again, this time for an 80-yard score, with 5:12 left in the third, making it 26-10.
Loara (3-7, 2-3) won the Golden West’s third playoff spot by virtue of the victory and a coin toss earlier in the day.
“We feel very fortunate,” Lappin said. “The cards just fell our way. … We’re excited. It will be a hard challenge in the playoffs, but we are glad to be going.”
Ocean View’s Nate Kwon piled up 196 yards on 24 carries.