League, playoff hopes at stake

The fate of several local teams hangs in the balance as the prep football season winds down.

Teams are fighting for league championships and playoff berths and to top it off, two archrivals square off in their intense rivalry.


Thursday's game

Newport Harbor (4-4, 2-1) vs. Marina (1-6-1, 0-3), 7 p.m., Westminster High: The Vikings face a Newport Harbor team that hit its stride last week to stay in the Sunset League race.

Marina staged a second-half rally last week but fell short in a 24-20 loss to Fountain Valley, a game in which quarterback Deshon Champion ran for the Vikings' first two scores and Alex Waked rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown. Waked also had an interception on defense.

Newport Harbor bounced back from a 35-7 Oct. 21 loss to Huntington Beach to surprise Los Alamitos, 35-21, last week. Running back Titus Hasson ran roughshod over the Griffins, gaining 256 yards on 35 carries. Hasson rushed for a score and took in a touchdown pass from quarterback Cole Blower, who passed for 133 yards and two touchdowns


Friday's games

Fountain Valley (4-4, 1-2) vs. Edison (6-2, 3-0), 7 p.m., Orange Coast College: One of Orange County's top rivalries will again draw a standing-room-only crowd at LeBard Stadium.

Fountain Valley and Edison meet for the 42nd time in the Bell Game, which which Chargers lead, 26-14-1.

"The Bell's been gone from here for six years now, and we want to get it back," Fountain Valley Coach John Shipp said. "More important for us is that a possible playoff berth is on the line.

"This game is never short of energy and excitement and the intensity and tempo always is high. We needed a win last week against Marina and we got it, and this is a good way to be heading into the Edison game.

Fountain Valley notched its first Sunset League victory last week by holding off Marina, 24-20. Quarterback Chris d'Entremont had a season-high 221 passing yards and threw two touchdown passes to Wyatt Christensen and one to Sean Meyers, who had 121 receiving yards.

Not only is Edison playing to keep the Bell, but a bigger prize awaits the Chargers should they emerge victorious: a share of the Sunset League championship.

"It's always big when you play the Barons and this game takes on even greater importance because we can clinch a share of the league title," Edison Coach Dave White said. "We're fortunate to be where we are after three weeks, because it's tough to go 5-0 in this league."

Edison, ranked 10th in the CIF Pac-5 Division, withstood a severe challenge last week from Huntington Beach to emerge with a 20-14 victory in a battle between teams that were tied for the league lead. Running back Elijah Herrera rushed for one touchdown and quarterback Chase Favreau led the Chargers in rushing with 87 yards. He also threw for 165 yards, which included a 48-yard touchdown pass to receiver Connor Mase.

Huntington Beach (6-2, 2-1) vs. Los Alamitos (5-3 ; 1-2), 7 p.m., Veterans Stadium, Long Beach: Huntington will try to rebound against a Los Al team that is fighting to stay alive in the Sunset League playoff race.

The Oilers saw their five-game win streak come to a halt last week in a 20-14 loss to Edison. Quarterback Michael Chislock ran for a touchdown and threw for another — a 35-yard touchdown pass to Austin Simpkins — in a game that went to the wire. The loss left Huntington tied for second place with Newport Harbor, a team the Oilers routed, 35-7, two weeks ago.

"We had our chances, that's for sure," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said. "I thought we played hard and they played hard, and I thought that there was some questionable calls. But we're not going to hang our heads. We still have two more league games left."

Los Al was handed a 35-21 loss last week by Newport Harbor, which left the defending league champion Griffins at 1-2 in league. Quarterback Dylan Lagarde threw for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns but was picked off twice, and running back Cody Paul rushed for 112 yards and a score.

The Griffins started the season 4-0 but have lost three of their last four games.

Santa Ana (0-8, 0-3) vs. Ocean View (4-4, 2-1), 7 p.m., Ocean View High: Ocean View is in the thick of the chase for the Golden West League title and can move a step closer to reaching that goal when it hosts Santa Ana in the Seahawks' homecoming game.

Ocean View pulled away in the second half last week to dismantle Loara, 42-7, to remain a game behind league-leader Segerstrom. The Seahawks got the win by unleashing a run game in the third quarter that was spearheaded by quarterback Timmy Robinson and running back Travis Sparks-Jackson. The Seahawks erupted for 21 third-quarter points to pull away from a 14-7 halftime lead.

The game turned into the Timmy Robinson Show as the senior quarterback tallied for a school-record six rushing touchdowns and 38 points (single game). Robinson scored on runs of one, five, one, seven, 60 and 32 yards and finished with a game-high 237 yards. Sparks-Jackson also picked up big yardage in the second half, which allowed Ocean View to steadily pull away.

"A couple of times we (coaches) talked to Travis and Timmy, and we told them to take control out there," Ocean View Coach Harold Eggers said of two of his senior leaders. "We wanted them to lead, whether it was running the ball or getting the offense and our line pumped up. They both did a nice job in taking that leadership role for us."

The win helped the Seahawks ease the sting of their 41-40 home loss two weeks ago to Orange, a game in which Sparks-Jackson sat out with a high-ankle sprain.

Santa Ana came up with its best offensive showing last week but the Saints still remained winless after losing, 38-22, to Orange. The 22 points were five more than the Saints had scored in their previous seven games combined. They had been shut out in five straight games prior to playing Orange.


Saturday's game

Crean Lutheran (5-2, 0-1) vs. Brethren Christian (4-4, 0-1), 7 p.m., Ocean View High: Brethren Christian will celebrate its homecoming game against Crean Lutheran on Saturday in a game where both teams are in a must-win situation.

The Warriors started Academy League play last week and fell, 52-16, to defending league champion St. Margaret's, the fourth-ranked team in the CIF East Valley Division. Brandon White rushed for 83 yards and scored both Brethren Christian touchdowns.

Quarterback Sam Franklin threw for 139 yards but was intercepted three times. His top target on the night, Billy Bryson, had nine receptions total 92 yards.

Crean Lutheran has dropped two straight, including losing its league opener on Oct. 21, 29-28, to Sage Hill. The Saints are coming off a bye week.


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