The Oceanside football team opened the season on the road against Morse as the Mariners looked to fight through the trenches and notch a win out of the gate.

The Mariners earned a pair of quick scores, but the Shipbuilders took the lead late in the second quarter and never relinquished it Friday night, Sept. 5 en route to a 27-20 victory.

Oceanside got off on the right foot as Elvis Bowen caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Allender, followed by a 70-yard touchdown run by Preston Spear on the Mariners' next possession, which put the visitors ahead 14-0.

The Shipbuilders eventually came back and claimed the lead after a 50-yard touchdown pass, an interception return for a touchdown and “another score” to put them up 21-14, but the Mariners responded after Spear returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, which left the hosts ahead 21-20.

Oceanside coach Wes Drinkwater called the second half “a defensive battle” as Morse scored a touchdown early in the third quarter, but both defenses dug in from that point, particularly the Shipbuilders as they forced five Mariner turnovers on the night.

“That Morse team is much-improved, and I think we are too,” the coach said. “But we had four fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown. You're not going to win a competitive game like that, but I will say I think we beat ourselves more than they beat us. You take away the turnovers, I think we beat them by at least a score. We were moving the ball well on them.”

Anthony Moore also booted two extra points for Oceanside.

The Mariners will host their first game of the season on Friday, Sept. 12 against Marshwood, one of the top teams in Western Class B.

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