Huntington Beach High School's stingy defense led the way to a 10-0 victory over Westminster High Friday night, keeping the Oilers tied for first place in the Sunset League.
The Oilers (7--2, 3--1) scored their second shutout of the season by limiting the Lions to just 81 total yards, including five sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception.
With 9:31 left in the game and Huntington Beach holding a 3--0 lead, Trevor Cooper made that one interception and returned a John Shipp pass 30 yards to the Lion 17.
Three plays later on a play-action pass, quarterback Jeff Gibson found a wide-open Cary Mitchell in the back of the end zone for a seven-yard scoring pass giving the Oilers the final margin of victory.
"Our kids played hard tonight," said Huntington Beach Coach George Pascoe, "and for us to wake up tomorrow and be tied for first in the Sunset League, hey, that's a big deal."