Miles Apart

Two local athletes are featured in ESPN’s special report “Miles Apart.”

Connor Garrett and Justin Vae'ena won the final home games of their high school careers Friday night. La Costa Canyon defeated Carlsbad 33-14 to advance to the section finals for the first time in school history. Connor sustained a stinger injury but played through it. Oceanside defeated Scripps Ranch 49-14 in a game delayed two hours by a power outage. Justin tweaked a hamstring but stayed in the game.

The section finals will be played Friday at Qualcomm Stadium. The Division I championship will be a rematch, with LCC facing Escondido. In the Division II final, Oceanside will play Helix, the team that beat the Pirates in the first game of the 2007 season, the last time O-side lost. The Pirates hope a decisive victory would earn them a second straight invitation to the state championship game.

The North County Times named both Connor and Justin to the all-North County team. In its special report, ESPN takes a look at the two students - everything from their school life to their home life.

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