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Opening Day a hit

August 22, 2002

Family and friends, players and cheerleaders, of Huntington Beach

Jr. All-American Football gathered Saturday at Marina High to take

part in Opening Day ceremonies for the league's 2002 fall season.

Booths with food and games created a festive atmosphere, but the

main event was several scrimmages featuring teams from the league's

various divisions.

In the Jr. Clinic Division, the Huntington Beach Dolphins and the

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Compton Titans went head-to-head in an 1 1/2 hour scrimmage. Donald

Rice led the Jr. Clinic Dolphins on defense, and Brandon Wooten threw

a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Compton came up with several big plays on offense during the

scrimmage.

"I told our kids to get ready to work hard at practice this week.

We have a lot of work to do," coach Mark Nakashima said.

His Jr. Clinic Dolphins, as well as the other Dolphin teams, will

continue practice through the first week in September in preparation

for the official season opener on Sept. 7.

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