Following a summer of passing league contests, preseason two-a-days and going head-to-head against teammates, the 2010 prep football season finally begins Friday for both Huntington Beach and Marina.
Both teams are traveling to begin their campaigns — the Oilers on a short drive into Newport Beach to face Corona del Mar while the Vikings head further south to Capistrano Valley.
The other four local teams, Brethren Christian, Edison, Fountain Valley and Ocean View, play their second games this weekend.
Bloomington Christian vs. Brethren Christian (0-1), 6:30 p.m. Friday, at Brethren Christian High: Brethren Christian gets the weekend off to a start by opening its home schedule against the Ravens ,who are plying their season opener.
The Warriors are looking to bounce back from a season-opening defeat to Pasadena Poly. In that game, the host Panthers erupted for 36 first-quarter points to establish command en route to a 50-15 victory. Quarterback Sam Franklin ran for one score and threw a touchdown pass to Alex Debardelaben and Levi Duren nailed a 46-yard field goal for Brethren Christian.
Huntington Beach vs. Corona del Mar (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, at Newport Harbor High: It's the season opener for Huntington Beach, which takes on the 1-0 Sea Kings.
Corona del Mar opened its season Friday at home, where it cruised past Savanna, 36-14. Junior running back Clay Reinhardt rushed for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 carries to lead the victory. Senior quarterback Mitch Gardner threw two touchdown passes to junior Cole Cottrell.
"CdM is a very good team with some speed," Huntington Beach Coach Eric Lo said. "They have a very good running back (Reinhardt) and quarterback (Gardner).
Marina vs. Capistrano Valley (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday, at Capo Valley High: Marina begins its first season under Coach George Pascoe against a Capistrano Valley team that dropped its opener Friday to Trabuco Hills, 17-0.
The Cougars, also under a first-year Coach in Matt Poston, played the Mustangs, who finished runner-up last year to La Habra in the CIF Southwest Conference, tough but gave up two second-half touchdowns. Senior wide receiver/strong safety Cole Winninghoff is a key performer for Capo.
Edison (1-0) vs. Long Beach Wilson (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, at Long Beach Wilson High: Edison was impressive on its opening night Friday in a 59-0 rout of host Artesia, marking the second-straight year that the Chargers defense shut out the Pioneers. That defense also got in on the scoring action when senior Dejean King returned an interception 65 yards in the second half. Junior tailback Nick Masaniai, in his first start, rushed for 125 yards and two scores, quarterback Aleksander Torgensen, who started in place of junior Chase Favreau, rushed for a score and threw for another, Roland Blackiston returned a punt 55 yards for a score and Donald Rice and Ryan Loya also rushed for touchdowns.
A day before starting on varsity, Torgensen quarterbacked Edison's JV team to a victory Sept. 2 over Artesia.
"He did a great job," White said of the sophomore. "He played the entire JV game Thursday and then came back to lead us Friday. He's a very good quarterback and a great kid.
"I also thought Nick (Masaniai) did a great job at tailback in his first start. I thought we played well, overall, but I didn't think we blocked as well as we need to. That's something we're working on this week."
Favreau, a transfer from Mater Dei, missed the season opener after having his transfer ruled ineligible by the CIF Southern Section. Edison appealed the Aug. 27 decision and the transfer was approved Tuesday by the CIF Southern Section, White said. The left-hander will start at quarterback Friday.
"I think they made the right decision," White said of CIF. "They took the time to diligently look into this and did the right thing. Now, it's time to move on and we can get ready for Long Beach Wilson."
Long Beach Wilson also opened its season Friday and held off Huntington Park, 28-26. Junior quarterback Brett Harper rushed for one touchdown and threw for two more to lead the Bruins.
"They're very athletic and have a lot of speed, and that's why we schedule teams like them," White said of the Bruins. "Defensively, they remind me of Esperanza. They blitz and use a lot of man-to-man coverage. It's good for us to see a team like Wilson at this point in the season."
Fountain Valley (0-1) vs. San Clemente (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, at San Clemente High: Fountain Valley and San Clemente, two teams that opened their season the final full week of August, meet in nonleague play.
Fountain Valley launched its season Aug. 27 in Nevada. The Barons suffered a 26-23 loss o Faith Lutheran on a last-second touchdown pass. Fountain Valley Coach John Shipp said the Barons rushed for more than 275 yards, led by Montana Merhoff, who had 200 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Kai Fernandez also scored. Esteban Martinez had a strong performance on defense, where the Barons intercepted three passes. In order for the Barons to have success against San Clemente, they'll need to cut down on turnovers. They committed five in their loss to Faith Lutheran.
San Clemente opened its season Aug. 26 in Hawaii and rolled to a 42-20 victory over Baldwin. Running back Mike Elespuru and receiver Terrell Johnson both scored twice. Senior quarterback Travis Wilson, a key to the Tritons offense, threw for nearly 250 yards.
Ocean View (0-1) vs. Calvary Chapel (1-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Estancia High: Ocean View will attempt to get victory No. 1 of the young season Saturday against the Eagles.
The Seahawks gave up four rushing touchdowns Friday in a 34-19 loss to host Western. They fell behind, 34-0, at the half, but outscored the Pioneers, 19-0, in the second half. Junior running back Timmy Robinson rushed for 111 yards and all three touchdowns for Ocean View.
Calvary Chapel ushered in its season Friday with an impressive 41-14 win at Century. Quarterback John McLuckey threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns and running back Brandon Perez rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns for the Eagles.