Robert Rice scored twice, and Seth Fox and Clint Jack also reached the end zone. The defensive play of Stevie Hernandez, Jordan Palomino, Dylan Sneed, Grant Horton and Brandon Bryson helped the Green Chargers record the shutout.
Huntington plays a second-round postseason game at 9 a.m. Saturday in Anaheim against the North Long Beach Blue Panthers.
Huntington 12, Long Beach 0
The White Chargers began their postseason drive with a hard-fought victory Saturday over the 49ers in a night contest on a muddy field at Garden Grove Park.
Jared Strickler recovered a 49ers fumble at the Long Beach 30-yard line midway through the first quarter to set up Huntington’s first score, Hunter Simmons’ rushing TD.
At the six-minute mark of the second quarter, Strickler and Sean Strom hooked up on a 60-yard scoring pass play to put the White Chargers up 12-0 at the half.
Huntington’s defense turned in a stellar stop in the first half, keeping Long Beach out of the end zone early in the second quarter after the 49ers had a first-and-goal at the five-yard line.
Costner Elroy and Vincent Zito keyed a strong defensive effort by the White Chargers.
Huntington, which has won three-straight games, has a second-round playoff date Saturday against the host Montebello Gold Sharks.
In other division action:
Huntington 26, Tustin 0
Neither rainy conditions nor the Tustin Cobras could stop the Chargers from recording their biggest victories of the season.
Fullback, Mitch Clark scored his first touchdown of the season on the Chargers’ opening possession. Nick Massania’s interception led to Donald Rice’s two-yard touchdown run, and Colby Labounty capped the first-half scoring with a 47-yard TD run.
Bryce Campbell returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown, part of a Chargers defense that smothered the Cobras.
Tyler Baker had two sacks, and lineman Eric Vogelsang, Curren Provost and Matt Weimer shut down Tustin’s running game.