Last season when Oceanside and La Jolla high schools met in a San Diego Section 2-A semifinal game, a defensive struggle was predicted.
Yet, Oceanside won, 42-27.
The situation could be similar when La Jolla (9-1) meets Oceanside (5-4-2) in a 2-A quarterfinal game tonight at 7:30 at Mesa College.
"They play a tough defense," La Jolla Coach Gene Edwards said. "We think we play fairly good defense also."
The Oceanside defense allowed 13.5 points per game through the regular season and shut out Coronado, 29-0, last week in the first round. Avocado League defensive player of the year, Sibian Fuimaono, a 5-foot 11-inch linebacker, leads the defense.
Also leading Oceanside is Time Sitala (6-4, 250), Rick Jones (6-4, 250) and Matt Tuisee (6-1, 200).
La Jolla, which had the third stingiest defense (7.0 points per game) during the regular season, is led by linebackers Brent Woodall (6-4, 220), Brad Raulston (6-2, 215) and Mike Huddleston (6-1, 191).