League race at halfway point

October 31, 2002

The 2002 Sunset League race will reach its halfway point tonight

on All Hallow's Eve, and one school is looking to move up the league

ladder, while two others are searching for their first league


Outside the Sunset League circles, Ocean View steps aside from

Golden West League play to take on Rancho Alamitos in nonleague



Tonight's games:

Esperanza (6-1, 1-1) vs. Huntington Beach (4-3, 0-2)

(at Huntington Beach High, 7 p.m.)

The Oilers will have to come up with a magical effort if they hope

to defeat a very talented Esperanza team.

To make matters worse, the Aztecs will be hungry for this game,

looking to right themselves after last Saturday's heart-breaking

16-12 loss to rival Los Alamitos, their first of the season.

Another loss and Esperanza can kiss its league title hopes


The Aztecs feature a potent passing attack spearheaded by

quarterback Rick Taloa who has thrown for 1,244 yards with 13

touchdowns and five interceptions. His main target has been Rick

Hill, who has more than 500 receiving yards.

Hill also keys a tough Aztecs defensive unit, and Shaun

Wildenstein and Michael Kirschner in the backfield give Esperanza

offensive balance.

The key to Huntington Beach's success might be clock control. The

Oilers, who have played well in losses to Los Alamitos and Marina,

will need another stellar rushing performance from Patrick Harrigan.

The senior leads the county with 2,072 rushing yards in seven games.

Last year's score: Aztecs 56, Oilers 7

Marina (3-4, 1-1) vs. Edison (2-5, 0-2)

(at Orange Coast College, 7 p.m.)

Marina can stay in the hunt for the Sunset League title with a win

over the defending league champion, Edison, and all but dash the

Chargers' playoff hopes.

The Vikings' Sunset loss came in overtime two weeks ago to

Fountain Valley, which, just last Friday, defeated arch-rival Edison,


Marina paired a solid defensive effort with the two-touchdown

performance of Keith Heyward to produced its initial league win, a

14-13 decision over Huntington Beach last Friday.

The Vikings have scored 14 points in each of their two Sunset

outings. Edison, meanwhile, is averaging 15 points in league play.

Chargers quarterback Tommy Grady has thrown for more than 1,500

yards. His favorite target this season has been junior Matt White.

Edison will be out to end a losing streak after four games.

Last year's score: Chargers 25, Vikings 7

The Chargers-Vikings Series

'74 Chargers 28, Vikings 0

'75 Chargers 17, Vikings 6

'76 Chargers 23, Vikings 0

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