Sophomore DeShaun Foster rushed 30 times for 137 yards and Brandon Lambert added 72 yards and a touchdown to help Tustin edge Ocean View, 14-13, in a Golden West League game Thursday night.
The victory put the Tillers back into the league title hunt with Westminster and Servite, but it could have been erased because of several missed opportunities.
"It was an ugly win," Tustin Coach Myron Miller said. "I give Ocean View and their coaches credit because they gave us a good game. This game should have been out of reach, but if you let a team stay in it long enough, they'll come up and bite you."
Tustin (2-4-1, 1-0-1 in league) scored first on a four-yard run by Greg Carnal, but lost the ball four times on loss of downs and fumbled the ball away once.
Ocean View scored 13 second-quarter points on consecutive drives. Ted Norman went in from one yard and quarterback Jeff Taylor connected with Danny Bowen on a 51-yard pass play for a 13-7 lead with 1 minute 22 seconds left in the half.
The Tillers scored the go-ahead touchdown after Steve Sua recovered a fumble at the Ocean View 40. Lambert scored on a two-yard run and David Wilford's extra-point proved to be the difference.
Tustin had an incomplete pass on fourth and three at the Ocean View three while leading by a point in the third quarter.
Tustin also fumbled at the Seahawk five with just under two minutes left to give Ocean View (2-5, 0-2) one last chance.
Taylor completed four of seven passes on the final drive and Jeremy Armendariz, who finished with 101 yards rushing, ran 16 yards for a first down at the Tustin 28, but time expired.