Oilers, Seahawks still alive

And then there were two.

Huntington Beach and Ocean View will carry the local torch into the second week of the CIF Southern Section playoffs after registering impressive first-round victories a week ago. Huntington took the long road north but the ride home was sweet after the Oilers upended Loyola, 31-21. Ocean View made its own history that same Friday night as it played in its own digs and rallied to defeat Santa Ana Valley, 26-21.

This Friday, both teams are home for the holiday weekend: Huntington is hosting Mission Viejo and Ocean View entertains Beckman. Below is a look at both games:


Pac-5 Division

Mission Viejo (9-2) vs. Huntington Beach (9-2), 7 p.m., Huntington Beach High: Huntington Beach continues its magical season with a big game against second-ranked Mission Viejo.

Huntington, the second-place team from the Sunset League, went to L.A. Valley College last Friday for a first-round date with Loyola. The Oilers returned home with an impressive 31-21 victory over the Cubs (9-3), the second-place team from the Mission League. Huntington trailed, 14-10, after the Cubs' Eamon McOsker returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, but then went on a 21-0 blitz to pull away.

Huntington built a 31-14 lead before the Cubs scored for the final time with just over a minute to play.

"We got after them. I'm not sure they were expecting that," Lo said. "We were not intimidated. Any time (Loyola) scored or had momentum, we answered right away. We threw the ball well and ran well, too. Nolan (Biegel) and Chris (Ogilvie) ran well for us and Mike (Chislock) also ran real well. We were able to run the ball efficiently and keep their offense off the field."

The Oilers chewed up a big chunk of the first-half clock by piecing together a long scoring drive that covered 97 yards. Chislock capped the time-consuming march with a three-yard scoring run.

Huntington's 14-10 halftime lead was short-lived when McOsker took the second-half kickoff to the house. The Oilers, however, responded immediately and took the lead for good on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Chislock to Ramon Vargas. The huge scoring play triggered a three-touchdown spree by the Oilers, who went on to reach the end zone on 31-yard pass from Chislock to Austin Simpkins and a two-yard run by Ogilvie.

Chislock was 13 of 24 for 217 yards and has now thrown for 2,169 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just five interceptions. He also rushed for 79 yards in Friday's win. Ogilvie led a balanced run attack with 81 yards and Biegel ground out 65. Vargas caught three passes for 87 yards.

Huntington's defense held Loyola to 14 points, which tied for a season-low in points for a game by the Cubs. Loyola also was held to 14 in a 28-14 loss earlier this month to Alemany, which is the No. 4-seed in the division playoffs. Cameron Trentini had an interception and Zach Hadlock a fumble recovery in Friday's win.

"Take away the first half of the Edison game, and a couple of big plays from the Los Al game, and our defense has played very well all year long," Lo said.

The Oilers figure to receive their toughest test of the season when Mission Viejo pays a visit to Sheue Field.

South Coast League champion Mission Viejo has won five straight games, including last week's 51-22 first-round win over Long Beach Cabrillo. The Diablos, led by veteran Coach Bob Johnson, are stacked at just about every position. The offensive is led by quarterback Alex Bridgford, who has thrown 2,327 yards and 20 touchdowns, but has been picked off 14 times. The left-handed senior threw three scoring passes in last week's win over Cabrillo.

The Diablos' balanced backfield features a slew of talented backs, including USC-commit Jahleel Pinner (426 yards, eight TDs), Newport Harbor transfer Buzzy Yokoyama (526 yards, eight TDs) and junior Marcus Collins (343 yards, three TDs).

The Mission offensive line is led by senior guard Austin Maass (6-4, 280) and senior tackle Colby Cyburt 6-5, 265). Senior cornerback Anthony Pierce leads the Diablos defense with three interceptions.

"I think they are just about the same every year. They are very athletic, have size and are well-coached," Lo said of the Diablos. "They've got three really good running backs, a quarterback who can throw the ball and offensive tackles who will be the best we'll face all year. Defensively, their line and secondary is very good and their linebackers are tough, aggressive guys. They are a really good football team.

"We can't wait for the game. Our kids are tough kids and they won't back down to anybody. We'll be there Friday, ready to play."


Southern Division

Beckman (9-2) vs. Ocean View (6-5), 7 p.m., Ocean View High): Timmy Robinson stood near mid-field late last Friday, a wide smile beaming brightly enough to light up Ocean View Stadium.

"We made history," the Seahawks' talented starting quarterback and linebacker said, the smile never leaving his face as steam rose from the top of his head and from every angle of his sweat-soaked body on a chilly night. "It's an incredible feeling."

It was a historical night, indeed, on several counts for the Ocean View football program. First, by hosting Santa Ana Valley in the first round of the division playoffs, the Seahawks were playing their first postseason game at their on-campus stadium, which opened in September of 2003. It also was their first "home" playoff game since 1989. But the biggest "first" happened just two hours after kickoff: the school had captured its first CIF victory.

Ocean View trailed throughout the first half against Santa Ana Valley but rode a defensive shutout in the second half to come away with a 26-21 victory. The triumph sends the Seahawks into a quarterfinal match up against Beckman. The top-ranked Patriots cruised past Godinez, 42-7, last Friday.

Moments after the monumental win, the Seahawks formed a massive huddle and jumped up and down in wild celebration.

"This is what it's all about," Ocean View Coach Harold Eggers said as he pointed to the bouncing bubble of his players. "One of the things you always worry about when you get to the playoffs is if the kids want to keep on playing. The teams that make great runs in the playoffs are the teams that want to keep playing. This team wants to keep playing. They showed that tonight."

Ocean View, the No. 2 team from the Golden West League and now 6-5, overcame one seven-point and two eight-point first-half deficits to defeat a Santa Ana Valley team that shared the Orange League title with Anaheim. The Seahawks took the lead for good with 2:47 left in the third quarter on a bruising nine-yard touchdown run by Travis Sparks-Jackson. From there, they rode their defense to move on in postseason play for the first time.

Once again, Ocean View showed that it's a second half team.

"We called it, 'Hurricane Ocean View,' during our halftime talk," Eggers said. "We call it that because throughout the season, we have gone out and shut out teams in the third quarter to get back into a game. We've done that all year and the kids took it to heart again tonight."

Sparks-Jackson also scored Ocean View's first touchdown on a 28-yard run where he juked a couple of Falcon defenders on a side-step shuffle move at the line of scrimmage. He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown near the end of the first quarter negated by an illegal block call against the Seahawks.

In the second quarter, Robinson lofted a 33-yard scoring pass to receiver Colton Johnson and later got the Falcons' rush attack to bite on a pump-fake and then stepped back and placed a perfect pass into the arms of Reo Washington, who scored on a 26-yard play. The score brought Ocean View to within, 21-19, at the half.

Beckman has been ranked No. 1 in the Southern Division for much of the year and last year reached the division final but lost to Garden Grove. The Patriots are on an eight-game win streak. Their two losses came in September to city rivals Foothill (14-10) and Tustin (20-6) within a two-week span.

In last week's first-round win over Godinez, running back Jeff Kim rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries and quarterback Cameron Biedgoly was eight of 10 for 146 yards and a score. The Patriots, who enter Friday's quarterfinal averaging 30 points a game, also scored on 30-yard fumble return by Daniel Griese and a 70-yard punt return by Elijah Steen. They led, 42-0, before giving up a score with under a minute left in the game.

Biedgoly has completed 55% of his passes (118-213) for 1,711 yards. Kim went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark (1,005) with last week's effort against Godinez.

Beckman is the top seed in the division and the Pacific Coast League champion hails from a tough league that also has No. 2-seed Corona del Mar and Woodbridge still in the division's title chase.


Chargers, Warriors drop playoff openers

Edison and Brethren Christian both bowed out of the CIF playoffs following first-round losses last Friday.

Sunset League champion Edison took a 7-0 lead on Tesoro in a first-round Pac-5 Division game at Orange Coast College, but the visiting Titans (7-4) came back to score a 16-14 victory. Senior quarterback Chase Favreau threw for 188 yards in his final game for the Chargers. He hit senior receiver Troy Baljeu with an 18-yard touchdown pass with under a minute to play to bring the Chargers to within, 16-14. Senior running back Nicholas Masaniai scored on a three-yard run in the second quarter to give Edison a 7-0 lead.

The Chargers, who had a five-game win streak snapped, ended their season 8-3.

Tesoro, the No. 3 team from the South Coast League, advanced to face top-ranked and defending champion Servite on Friday.

Brethren Christian traveled to Ontario Christian for its playoff opener and the visiting Warriors fell, 35-7, to the Knights (8-2-1). Senior running back Brandon White scored on a one-yard run in the final quarter and senior quarterback Sam Franklin threw for 127 yards for Brethren Christian.

The Warriors, who finished second in the Academy League, concluded a 6-5 season under first-year Coach Pat McInally.


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