first round showdown.
Ocean View finished in a three-way tie for second-place in the Golden
West League, then won a coin flip and was designated the league's No. 2
Although the campus is buzzing, there is caution, not only because the
Seahawks will be chartering new territory, but also where they are coming
Ocean View will enter the playoffs coming off a 78-7 loss to Tustin in
the final week of the regular season.
"We didn't come ready to play in the Tustin game, but I know our kids
will be ready for the playoffs," said Ocean View Coach Harold Eggers, who
has guided the Seahawks into the playoffs in just his second year. "How
well we'll bounce back from that (Tustin) game, I don't know. The answer
to that question remains to be seen. No doubt, though, this campus is
The Seahawks come into Friday's contest with a 7-3 record, the same as
Kennedy, the Empire League runner-up.
The Fighting Irish have won four in a row since dropping their league
opener to eventual champion Loara, 27-7.
During that win streak, the Kennedy defense, which spurred the school's
return to the playoffs after a one-year absence and is led by the senior
trio of linebacker Nick Tucker, tackle Cliff Scott, and ends Eric Mull
and Mike Knobbe, have yielded just 29 points.
The Irish offense, which features quarterback Geoff Etherson (1,3434
yards) and receiver Steve Yaden (671 yards, 14.3 avg.) has scored 28
points or more in six games, but has been held to nine points or fewer in
four other contests.
Etherson, a junior who was a part-time player last year, has thrown eight
touchdown passes but has been intercepted six times.
That could bode well for Ocean View defensive back Deshai Houston, who
has a team-high six interceptions.
"I don't know much about Kennedy, although they have to be a quality
football team to be in the playoffs," Eggers said. "All we have to do is
take care of ourselves."
Houston also triggers Ocean View's explosive offense, which had been
averaging 40points per game until it was limited to a touchdown by
The senior has thrown for 2,249 yards and 33 touchdowns - both school
records - with 10 interceptions in 320 pass attempts.
Sophomore receiver Patrick Campbell, who has bounced back from a
late-season injury, enters the game with 668 yards and a 13.9 yards per