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Week 9 High School Football Preview: Ocean View vs. Laguna Beach

Week 9 High School Football Preview: Ocean View vs. Laguna Beach
Ocean View High's Noah Hickman runs the ball through the Estancia defense for a touchdown on Sept. 14. The senior quarterback has accounted for 33 total touchdowns this season. (Drew A. Kelley)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Laguna Beach High

Key Seahawks: Sr. QB Noah Hickman (72 of 102 passing for 1,231 yards, 19 TDs and one INT; 65 carries for 494 yards and 14 TDs); Sr. WR/FS Will Earthman (30 catches for 496 yards and six TDs; 42 carries for 480 yards and six TDs; 19 tackles, one INT, one forced fumble); Sr. WR/SS Naeco Logan (16 catches for 328 yards and nine TDs; 19 tackles, three INTs)

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Key Breakers: Jr. QB Andrew Johnson (146 of 266 passing for 1,955 yards, 25 TDs and eight INTs; two rushing TDs); Sr. RB/OLB Shane Lythgoe (129 carries for 613 yards and six TDs; 20 catches for 132 yards and four TDs; one INT, one fumble recovery, one blocked punt); Sr. WR/DB/PR/KR Sean Nolan (46 catches for 694 yards and 11 TDs; two INTs, one fumble recovery; one punt return for a TD)

Breakdown: The undefeated Seahawks travel to take on the Breakers in a critical Pac 4 League game on Friday. The game has major playoff implications, as it features two ranked teams … Ocean View (8-0, 1-0 in league), the No. 2 team in the CIF Southern Section Division 11 poll, has ridden the play of Hickman to its best start in school history. The senior quarterback boasts a touchdowns to interceptions ratio of 19 to 1, while also adding 14 touchdowns as a rusher … Laguna Beach (6-2, 0-1), the third-ranked team in Division 12, feels the pressure to defend home field, especially after the Breakers dropped their league opener at Western on Saturday. Breakers coach John Shanahan called his team’s Week 9 tilt with the Seahawks a “must-win game,” adding that “it doesn’t get any bigger.” Laguna Beach is battle-tested, as half of its games have been decided by a field-goal margin.

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