This past Friday marked Senior Night for MBHS. Not only that, but this was also the final football game for the Pirates this season. MBHS would be facing their rivals, the Mission Prep Royals.
Morro Bay got the ball to begin the game. Almost immediately, the Pirates drove downfield, and took a 3-0 lead. Mission came back with an answer, scoring a touchdown, and taking a 7-3 lead. All throughout the first half, there were big plays both through the air and on the ground. Both teams ended up scoring touchdowns, and the half ended with Morro Bay down 20-10.
The third quarter began with Mission taking the ball, but that didn’t last long as MBHS took it right back. With the Pirates on the Mission three-yard line, a handoff to junior Dylan Turner would result in a touchdown. MBHS now cut the lead to 3, down 20-17. Later in the third quarter, with about 6 minutes remaining, Mission ended up getting a safety, taking down MBHS in their own endzone. MBHS was now down 22-17. The fourth quarter began, and neither team generated much offense. Both MBHS and Mission were unable to score for the rest of the game, meaning the Pirates would lose their final game of the season 22-17.
Senior Rafael Aguilar played the final game of his high school career against Mission Prep. He believes the team played well in the last game of the season, he said, “Our team as a whole played with 100% effort throughout the game which kept us in the game all four quarters.” He also went into detail on what the team could have done better, saying that ball security and penalties were a big contributor to the loss. Lastly, Rafael reflected on his time playing football for MBHS, he said, “It hurts a lot because this is the game I’ve loved all of my time growing up, and now that is over, it’s just saddening. I’m planning to play at the next level so I can keep doing what I love.” Morro Bay High finished this short season with a 1-4 record.