Doing the same thing over and over and over again but expecting a different result is one definition of insanity.
“It’s crazy,” confirmed Oceanside running back Noah Tarrant, before adding, “Score six. Sevenpeat.”
The 5-foot-9 senior was referring to both his performance Monday evening against Mission Hills and the Pirates’ 47-10 Division II victory at Qualcomm Stadium.
Tarant scored a finals record six touchdowns, and Oceanside (10-3) added to its ongoing mark with its seventh straight title.
Thirty-three years ago on the field here, Lincoln’s Marcus Allen scored five touchdowns — four rushing and one on an interception return — in the Hornets’ 34-6 win over Kearny.
Allen was among the great athletes recognized last night during the 50th anniversary celebration of the California Interscholastic Federation’s San Diego Section. In fact, Allen’s name was announced over the PA just as Oceanside was wrapping up its victory.
It gave Tarrant goose bumps after he went Allen one better — scoring on runs of 2, 12, 1, 18 and 2 yards as well as a 19-yard pass from Pirates quarterback Tofi Paopao.
“To break his record is special and now for everybody to have to break mine, wow,” said Tarrant, who carried 24 times for 134 yards. “To score six, especially on this stage, you can’t ask for anything more. It’s a blessing.”
Tarrant had been on this stage before, though he’d never reached the end zone. As a sophomore, he barely got into the game. As a junior, his contribution was 13 tackles on defense. Now this.
“Noah is a warrior whose heart is about twice as big as his body,” Oceanside coach John Carroll said as the Pirates chanted “Sevenpeat, sevenpeat, sevenpeat” at midfield moments after the game ended.