During a historic 7-0 start, the Ocean View High football team has grown in many ways.
After his team’s 56-13 nonleague trouncing of visiting Cerritos on Friday, Seahawks coach Luis Nuñez said embracing unselfishness has helped his players tie the school single-season victory record with three regular-season games remaining.
“We have a lot of weapons and, early on, we struggled with all those weapons wanting the football,” Nuñez said after the Seahawks scored on eight of their first nine possessions, with the lone stop occurring after a touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty. “There were not enough balls to go around. But we’ve gotten a lot better and, now, the kids really, truly are enjoying each other’s success. That’s hard for teenagers, who want the football and want the spotlight.”
There was plenty of success to share Friday. The Seahawks, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division 11 poll, amassed 541 yards of offense and did not punt. In addition, the Ocean View defense produced five turnovers, including four interceptions, and collected three sacks.
Ocean View senior quarterback Noah Hickman completed eight of 12 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for one touchdown.
Senior receiver Will Earthman carried seven times for 100 yards and one touchdown. He also had four receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown and procured one interception.
Junior Brandon Alcaraz caught three passes for 105 yards, including a 32-yard scoring toss from Hickman.
Other offensive heroes for the hosts included sophomore running back Jonathan Gonzalez (100 rushing yards on eight carries), senior running back Dezmond Doxey (74 rushing yards and one touchdown on seven carries), and senior back Rodrigo Adame (93 rushing yards and two touchdowns on seven carries).
Defensively, Gonzalez had one interception and recovered a fumble, both of which led to touchdowns, while Kermel Anwell and Naeco Logan also had interceptions.
Josh Roberts, Dillon Grunbaum and Hunter Arce had sacks for the Seahawks, who have surrendered only 48 points all season.
When Cerritos quarterback Stacy King dodged several would-be tacklers on a 36-yard scoring scramble midway through the second quarter, it was only the second touchdown this season that came against Ocean View’s starting defensive unit.
Nuñez, who said Ocean View has won seven games in a season three times, has now seen his team score at least 50 points three times this season. The Seahawks, who last won a playoff game in 2011, are averaging 46.6 points per game in 2018.
Ocean View opens its inaugural run in the Pac 4 League on Friday at home against Godinez.
“We’ve made a lot of progress and growth maturity-wise from Week 1,” Nuñez said. “We have to keep improving in that area. If we do that, this team can be pretty special. The kids have handled business so far, and now the last three games are our season. We’re looking forward to it and we have to be ready.”
Ocean View 56, Cerritos 13
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cerritos 0 – 7 – 0 – 6 — 13
Ocean View 14 – 21 – 14 – 7 — 56
OV – Hickman 6 run (Stead kick), 9:07.
OV – Earthman 2 run (Stead kick), :18.
OV – Adame 5 run (Stead kick), 9:17.
C – King 36 run (Lee kick), 7:14.
OV – Alcaraz 32 pass from Hickman (Stead kick), 5:56.
OV – Earthman 19 pass from Hickman (Stead kick), 1:44.
OV – Doxey 5 run (Stead kick), 9:11.
OV – Adame 35 run (Stead kick), 7:43.
OV – Bruce 1 run (Stead kick), 11:56.
C – Anderson 1 run (run failed), 7:45.
C – King, 11-85, 1 TD.
OV – Earthman 7-100, 1 TD; Gonzalez, 9-100.
C – King, 21-35-4, 183.
OV – Hickman, 8-12-0, 159, 2 TDs.
C – Alderete, 6-43.
OV – Alcaraz, 3-105, 1 TD.
BARRY FAULKNER is a contributor to Times Community News. Follow him on Twitter: @BarryFaulkner5