High School Sports

Morro Bay's football team surprises Inglewood in playoffs

Morro Bay High's football team defeated Inglewood 17-14 on the road Friday.

The Pirates (8-3) held off the Sentinels (7-4) to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Western Division quarterfinals, where they will host No. 2 seed Chaminade next week. Chaminade defeated Pacifica 64-11. 

Morro Bay trailed 14-3 at halftime, but coach Jack Greer made adjustments to focus even more on the rushing game. 

The Pirates had 60 carries for 339 yards in the game.

The game started out poorly for the Pirates as Inglewood took the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. However, 

Morro Bay responded with a 32-yard field goal by Jackson Chavez to slow the Sentinels’ momentum.

Morro Bay didn’t score again until Jordan Bray had a 3-yard rushing score in the third quarter. Bray then had a 14-yard touchdown run with over six minutes to give the Pirates their first lead of the game. 

Bray finished with 56 yards on 13 carries.

Inglewood missed a 45-yard field goal with four minutes to go that would have tied the score. 

The Sentinels lost two fumbles and committed 13 penalties for 115 yards. 

Derek Viles led the Pirates with 144 yards on 23 carries. Tristian Collins carried 16 times for 81 yards.