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Football: Old Sunset foes renew rivalry

For the second year in a row, Marina and Ocean View highs will square off during the first full weekend of prep football in September.

The neighboring schools, once Sunset League foes, revived a one-time rivalry last fall and will continue the series when the Vikings and Seahawks tangle at 7 p.m. Friday at Ocean View High, site of last year's game.

Although this year's meeting again is at Ocean View, Marina is the designated home team. And, just like last year, Ocean View will face Marina in its season opener, while the Vikings will be playing their second contest of the season.

Ocean View Coach Luis Nunez said his squad is ready to see action.

"It's been a long three weeks for our kids and they are gnawing at the bit," Nunez said.

"We've worked extremely hard since January as last year (a 1-9 season) left a bitter feeling.

"Our offensive and defensive lines will be the biggest factor going into Friday's game. I believe our skill positions are much improved from last year, and if we can dominate upfront, I feel confident we can do some nice things Friday."

Nunez had six offensive and six defensive starters returning from last year. Junior Blake Myer returns at quarterback and all-Golden West League receivers Tyler Clay and Hector Calderon also are back.

Marina started its season and the Jeff Turley era last Friday against Aliso Niguel.

The Vikings stayed with the visiting Wolverines through the first half, but the third quarter was their undoing in an eventual 45-28 loss at Westminster High.

Senior Nolan Winks turned in a big performance for Marina. The senior rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 15, 1 and 15 yards, and threw for 305 yards.

Sophomore tailback Cooper Malerstein scored on a 28-yard run and junior receiver Javier Sanchez had four receptions for 115 yards.

The game marked the head coaching debut for Turley at Marina.

The Vikings led once, 7-6, and trailed, 18-14, at halftime, but were outscored, 20-0, in the third quarter.

"This wasn't what I expected," Turley said after the game. "I felt that we were a little more prepared for the game than the way we performed. I thought Nolan (Winks) played a great game.

"Our biggest challenge is to change the perception of the game for our kids, that mental challenge of them needing to learn how to win. As a defensive guy, this (45) is too many points to give up. But I loved our fight. Our guys just kept fighting right till the end."

Nunez said he was impressed with Winks' performance.

"Nolan Wink is a dual-threat quarterback that we must account for," he said. "He's a good-sized kid who can give us some problems."

Last year's Marina-Ocean View matchup was the first between the schools since the 1993 season, the last year that Ocean View was part of the Sunset League.

The Vikings took last year's game, 33-14.

"The kids are obviously pumped for Marina as many of them went to middle school together," Nunez said. "Good, inner-city football is always good for the community."

The Marina-Ocean View game is one of five games on tap this week for local teams.


Thursday's game

Whittier Christian (1-0) vs. Brethren Christian (1-0)

(7 p.m., Ocean View High)

Brethren Christian, which opened the season last week with a road victory, begins its home schedule against the Heralds.

BC earned a 28-12 victory at Riverside Prep. Senior receiver Guy Demazeliere scored two touchdowns, senior running back Andrew Assaf and senior receiver Jason Fuga both scored once and senior linebacker Ryan Garner had 17 tackles for the Warriors.

Whittier Christian ran out to a big lead on visiting Bishop Friday and went on to take a 33-25 win in its opener.

Sophomore running back Justin Osborn rushed for 213 yards and a touchdown, junior running back Nic Watase scored three times, and senior quarterback Cooper Hughes threw for two scores for the Heralds, who rolled up 500 yards of offense.


Friday games

Edison (2-0) at L.A. Garfield (0-1)

(7 p.m., Garfield High)

Edison takes to the road for the second time in three weeks when it visits the Garfield Bulldogs.

A week after opening the season with a big victory in Hawaii, Edison rolled to its second win last Friday by cruising past Compton Centennial in the Chargers' home opener, 51-6.

The Chargers scored touchdowns on their first three offensive plays.

Senior quarterback Matt Gane and senior receiver Jake Favreau hooked up on a 44-yard scoring pass, Gane scored on a 40-yard run and senior Manase Time scored on an 8-yard run after a blocked punt by teammate AJ Beynon.

Time later scored on a 1-yard run, junior quarterback Grant Lowary and junior receiver Garrett White teamed on a 16-yard touchdown pass play, and lineman Eddie Tauanuu recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

Edison has averaged 50 points in its first two games. The Chargers' defense has allowed two touchdowns, both coming late in the fourth quarter of the two games.

The Chargers started their season Aug. 23 with a 49-10 win over Maui Baldwin.

Turnovers cost Garfield in its opener last week at San Clemente.

The Bulldogs were guilty of six miscues but were tied with the Tritons in the third quarter, only to drop a 38-22 decision.

Junior quarterback Ausencio Navarro III threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns with two scores going to senior receiver Stevie Williams (five receptions, 140 yards).

Baldwin Park (1-0) vs. Fountain Valley (1-0)

(7 p.m., Westminster High)

Fountain Valley got back into town Monday from a successful trip to Florida, and now prepares for its home opener against Baldwin Park.

The Barons went to Walt Disney World's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., for its season opener Friday and came away with a 28-8 victory over South Plantation (Fla.). Senior Ryan Finley, who returned an interception for a touchdown, was among several Barons to turn in strong performances, Fountain Valley Coach Ray Fenton said.

"Ryan had a great game," Fenton said. "I thought our quarterback (junior Chad Olberding) ran and threw the ball real well, Dakarai (Barnett) played very well, and Hunter (Margain) and Stone (Escobedo) led us on defense.

"From the moment we stepped off the plane in Florida, to when we stepped off the plane back home, our kids were extremely accountable and mature in the way they conducted themselves the entire trip. They were very mature for a first game of the season, and I credit this win to that maturity.

"I thought the way they conducted themselves off the field transferred over to the game. We played disciplined and had very few mistakes, and didn't do the silly things that we did last year. It was a great trip."

Baldwin Park won its opener last week, 33-30, at El Monte.

San Clemente (1-0) vs. Huntington Beach (0-1)

(7:30 p.m., Huntington Beach High)

Huntington goes after its initial victory by hosting San Clemente.

The Oilers began their season Aug. 28. They held an early 13-0 lead on Coronado, but the visitors from Henderson, Nev., reeled off the next 21 points over the final 17 minutes of the first half and went on to post a 41-26 victory.

Senior running back Travis Heer bolted his way for an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage and senior Chris Renne scooped up a Coronado fumble near midfield and returned it for a 57-yard touchdown. That gave the Oilers a 13-0 lead three minutes into the game.

In the second half, senior quarterback Chad James threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Maliek Miller, and junior running back Hunter Simmons scored on a 3-yard run. Coronado intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown, and also recovered a fumble in the Huntington end zone for another score.

"We're not very good right now," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said after the game. "Coronado played harder than us, and deserved to win. We have a long way to go. Offensively, besides that first touchdown, we didn't do anything in the first half. We couldn't run the ball the way that we thought we could. It was a great start but I think we got overconfident after that."

San Clemente scored on three consecutive possessions beginning late in the third quarter of its season opener Friday against Los Angeles Garfield and used the late push to record a 38-22 victory. Senior quarterback and USC commit Sam Darnold ran for two scores and threw a pair of touchdown passes to sophomore Brandon Reaves for the Tritons, who feasted on six Garfield turnovers.

Both Huntington and San Clemente were ranked in the CIF Southern Section preseason polls released Aug. 28. The Oilers came in at No. 9 in the West Valley Division, the Tritons at No. 6 in the Southwest Division.

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