Youth Football: HB Green Chargers in charge

The Huntington Beach Green Chargers cruised to their fourth consecutive victory and clinched the Junior Pee Wee Division title Saturday with a 24-0 victory over the Santa Margarita Stallions in Pop Warner Football action.

Huntington, which improved to 4-0 in conference play and 5-1 overall, started their scoring with Caden Kendle taking a handoff and weaving his way to the end zone on a 45-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 lead. The key play during the drive was a 12-yard reception by Ethan Ton that set up Kendle's touchdown run.

In the second quarter, the Green Chargers struck again with Artis Coleman taking a pitch and running it in from 16 yards out for the touchdown to make it 12-0. A 22-yard run by quarterback Ryan Rivituso set up Coleman's score. The lead grew to 18-0 in the third quarter after Kendle scooped up a Stallions' fumble, which was caused by a crunching tackle by Dane Despares, and returned it for a 20-yard touchdown. A quarterback sack by Bryce Gilbert's preceded Despares' big hit and Kendle's fumble recovery.

Despares capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Ryan Easterday completed passes to Ton, Blake Anderson, Jordan Ginnis, and Connor Provost, during the scoring drive.

The Green Chargers defense registered four quarterback sacks with Kendle, Coleman, Ginnis and Gilbert each with one.

Huntington previously posted a 22-14 win Oct. 5 over the previously undefeated Tustin Black Cobras at Foothill High. Following a scoreless first half which included missing out on two scoring opportunities inside the Tustin five in the second quarter, one set up by an interception by Provost, the Green Chargers got on the scoreboard in the third quarter on a 20-yard pass play from Rivituso to Kade Ayres, followed by a two-point conversion kick by Kendle. On their next possession, Rivituso scored on a one-yard sneak behind center Keilan Lefaoseu, and Kendle again added a two-point conversion, for a 16-0 lead.

Tustin scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to draw within 16-14, missing a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the score. On the Green Chargers' next possession, Kendle scored on a 52-yard touchdown reception from Rivituso to increase the lead to 22-14.

A key tackle by Kendle on a pass completion at the Huntington 20 during Tustin's final possession, secured the win.

Among the defensive standouts for Huntington were Provost, Kendle, Gilbert, Ginnis, Joey Gentilella, and Jaxon Price who had a quarterback sack.

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Pee Wee Division

Gold Chargers 28, La Habra 0: The Huntington defense, led by Nixon Wilfong and Jaedon Davis, recorded its second consecutive shutout and forced three turnovers in the process, in blanking the Lions.

Quarterback Mike Walters connected on all six of his passes with touchdown receptions by Jason Gagnon and Jonathon Feit, and also ran for a score. Jake Furlong scored on a 30-yard run.

Huntington improved to 4-2 in conference play and to 4-3 overall.

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Junior All-American Football

Clinic Division

Huntington Beach 32, Newport-Mesa 12: The Clinic Oilers struck early and rode the fast start to a victory over the Seahawks, their sixth-straight win.

On the second offensive play of the game, Huntington's Jonah Del Rosario had a tackle-breaking, 43-yard run to put the ball at the Newport-Mesa 10-yard line. On the next play, quarterback Nate Skorheim ran in for the score. Running back Aden Eckenwilder later rushed for a touchdown, and Del Rosario scored on a 48-yard pass play before halftime to give the Oilers a 20-6 lead at intermission.

In the third quarter, Skorheim threw a 37-yard scoring pass to Joseph Vardayo who recorded his first touchdown reception of the season. In the fourth quarter, Skorheim rushed for his second touchdown of the game to complete the scoring.

An interception by cornerback Jonathan Brown in the fourth quarter thwarted a Newport-Mesa drive.

Del Rosario, Lyrik Fata, and Nick Skorheim had key tackles for the Huntington. The offensive line, Halu Ikeda, Hudson Letterman, Riley Rosenkranz, Blake Gilbert, Garrett Smith, and Nick Skorheim, opened up holes for the Oilers' run game.

The Clinic Oilers host the Bellflower Broncos at 1 p.m. Saturday at Huntington Beach High.

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Jr. Future League

Los Angeles 20, Huntington 14: The Jr. Future Oilers turned in a strong performance in a close loss to the Hurricanes at Fremont High.

The Oilers scored before the half on a big run by quarterback Kalé Murphy, and Darby Warren ran for the two-point conversion. The Oilers' second score came on a 50-yard run by Travis Kobelski.

Eli Rector anchored the offensive line and the Huntington defense was led by Ella Dubar, Madisyn Murphy, Trevor Burdette, and Vance Seigrist.

Jr. All-American scoreboard

Jr. Clinic Division: Bellflower 21, Huntington 7

Jr. Pee Wee Division: Westminster 21, Huntington 19

Pee Wee Division: Irvine 24, Huntington 14

Jr. Midget Division: Cerritos 20, Huntington 18

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