The Huntington Beach Green Chargers won their fifth consecutive game by shutout and ended their season on a high note by defeating the host La Mirada Matadores, 20-0, in a Pop Warner Football Pee Wee Division game at La Mirada High Saturday.
La Mirada couldn't stop Huntington's aerial attack. The Green Chargers were led on offense by quarterback Elijah Brown, who completed 13 of 22 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. The strong-armed Brown, a fifth-grade student, threw for more than 1,600 yards with 22 touchdowns and only five interceptions in 10 games this year.
Receiver Ryan Rivituso also saw action at quarterback in the fourth quarter and completed four of five passes for 43 yards.
Nine different Green Charger receivers had at least one catch in the game as Brown and Rivituso spread the ball around. Rivituso led the receiving corps with four catches and two touchdowns, followed by Nico Brown with three catches (73 yards) including a touchdown, Shane Dzwilewski with three receptions, and Ethan Ton with two catches. Eric Hernandez, Tyler Moses, Tristan Copeland, Philip Overturf and Joseph Gentilella each had a reception.
In the first quarter, Elijah Brown connected with Nico Brown on a 52-yard touchdown pass to make the score 6-0. In the second quarter, after an 18-yard run by Copeland, Elijah Brown hit Rivituso on a 13-yard touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone. Brown and Rivituso teamed on a one-point conversion pass to put the score at 13-0. The two hooked up again in the third quarter when Rivituso caught a 12-yard strike from Brown in the right corner of the end zone.
The offensive line of Gentilella, William Burke, Michael Kelly, Liam Kennedy and Johnny Figueroa were solid in providing Brown and Rivituso time to locate their receivers and complete their passes. On defense, the Green Chargers were led by their linebackers of Dzwilewski, Overturf and Nico Brown (fumble recovery), cornerbacks Copeland, Ton, Rivituso and Elijah Brown at safety.
Huntington's defensive line created turnovers and was led up front by Moses, Kelly, Burke (fumble recovery), Skylar Thompson (sack), Vincent Maza (forced fumble), Lukas Jones, Justin Robilard and Hudson Letterman.
The Green Chargers outscored their final five opponents, 120-0, and finished their season 7-3.