Oxnard Football made its first CIF Championship Game appearance in 90 years on Saturday night, but it couldn’t win the ultimate prize.
The Yellowjackets fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 23-14 loss to host South Hills in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 Championship Game.
The Huskies went up 16-0 in the first half, after the defense tackled Oxnard quarterback Vincent Walea in his own end zone for a safety. After an offensive touchdown, South Hills’ defense made another big play, returning a Walea interception for a touchdown.
Walea found star wide receiver JR Waters for a long touchdown just before halftime to cut the lead to 16-7 at the break.
After a South Hills rushing touchdown made it 23-7, Oxnard got on the board again with a trick play leading to a touchdown throw from Walea to Tanielu Lemalu to make the score 23-14. The Yellowjackets were unable to get any closer.
Oxnard finishes an impressive season 11-3.