Two locals win, move on in Pop Warner Football playoffs

The Huntington Beach Jr. Midget Division Green Chargers kept their perfect record in tact by scoring a first-round victory Saturday in the Pop Warner Football playoffs.

Huntington advanced by eliminating the Pasadena Trojans, 6-0. The winning score came with under four minutes to play, and it was another defensive play by the Green Chargers that led to the game's only touchdown.

Daniel Serrano caused and recovered a fumble, which he returned to the Pasadena two-yard line. Two running plays later, running back Chase Ault reached the end zone.

The win sends Huntington into a semifinal game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Warren High in Downey. The Green Chargers will meet the Saddleback Valley Wolverines (8-1), with the winner earning a spot in the upcoming Division 1 Orange Bowl game.


Jr. Pee Wee Division

Huntington Beach 38, South Coast 6: Tanner Nelson and Cameron Eden combined for four rushing touchdowns as the Green Chargers overpowered the Red Tritons in a first-round playoff game Saturday.

Nick Upstill caught his seventh touchdown of the season and Huntington rolled up more than 300 yards of offense. The Green Chargers defense also had a big day and didn't allow South Coast a single first down. The Red Tritons scored on a fumble recovery.

Nelson, Jake Furlong, Jack Horton, Mateo Lopez, Trent Fletcher, Cameron Mase, Jack Kenehan and Sammy Rovano led the defense.

The Green Chargers travel to La Mirada on Saturday to take on the Matadores in an 11 a.m. Division 1 semifinal game.


Jr. All-American Football

Nate Skorheim rushed for two touchdowns and passed for a third as the Clinic Division Huntington Beach Oilers put it all together in a 34-19 victory over the Rowland Heights Raiders on Saturday at Fremont High in Los Angeles.

Skorheim scored on runs of four and one yards and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jonah Del Rosario. Aden Eckenwiler also rushed for two touchdowns, scoring on runs of two and eight yards, and finished with 77 yards on 11 carries. Trent Klasson was the Oilers' leading rusher with 118 yards on 14 carries.

The Oilers' defense came up with a safety in the third quarter when Daryeus Smolenski tackled a Raiders ball-carrier in the end zone.

The Oilers (4-3) host the Orange Chiefs at 11 a.m. Saturday at Huntington Beach High.


Jr. Clinic Division

Huntington Beach 18, Santa Fe Springs 13: The Oilers (5-2) controlled the Ravens to collect another victory.

Huntington closes out regular-season play Saturday against the Whittier Trojans at Huntington Beach High.

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