Pierson Mosichuk wouldn’t be denied.
Everyone watching Friday night knew the San Luis Obispo High School senior running back would get the ball nearly every time the Tigers took a snap, but yet the Morro Bay defense couldn’t slow him down.
Mosichuck pushed and bullied his way through a foggy Morro Bay night and finished the game with 211 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. He fought through cramps from the heavy workload and carried SLO High to a 24-10 win to end a 16-game losing streak that stretched back to 2015.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Mosichuck said. “We have the entire school out here cheering us on. It feels great. We won. There’s nothing like winning. Period.”
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Mosichuck would have had three touchdowns on the night, but a fumble at the goalline at the end of the first quarter ended up resulting in a touchdown by SLO High junior offensive lineman Kevin Jess to put the Tigers up 10-0. It was a fitting token for an offensive line that cleared the way for Mosichuck, who set a new career high for rushing yards in a game.
Mosichuk, who has dreams of playing football at the U.S. Naval Academy, was also the team’s leading receiver with two receptions for 30 yards.
“We have a chance to have a team that can have a good season, but up to this point we just hadn’t played very well,” SLO High head coach Pat Johnston said. “I am really proud of them. I am really proud of Pierson and the offensive line.”
A large group of SLO High students flooded the field after the game and chanted “Mos-i-chuck” as the band played. Johnston was emotional watching the scene.
“To see these guys with a smile on their face right now it means the world to me,” Johnston said.
▪ Morro Bay junior quarterback Aidan Moriarty went 14 of 34 for 108 yards and a touchdown in the final 11 seconds of the game. Morro Bay senior running back Myles Minnis had 12 carries for 42 yards.