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.