Oilers headed right way

Huntington Beach football team continues to make strides and looks for third straight win this week.

September 29, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Ocean View's Timmy Robinson (11) runs down the field with linemen Ben Sumner (72) and Jon Graham (65) during Friday's game against Costa Mesa at Jim Scott Stadium.
Ocean View's Timmy Robinson (11) runs down the field… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

Eric Lo likes the direction his Huntington Beach Oilers are heading.

Since opening the prep football season Sept. 10 with a loss to Corona del Mar, the Oilers have been impressive in their past two outings. First, they held down former Sea View League nemesis Foothill. Last week, they smothered an Aliso Viejo offense that possesses one of the top passing games in Orange County.

With consecutive wins in the books, Lo is looking for his Oilers to continue that trend Friday when it hosts Westminster at 7 p.m. at Sheue Field.

It's the Oilers' homecoming game.

"I think we are playing really well right now," he said. "Our effort has been great on both sides of the ball. The kids have really focused on their assignments and it's paying dividends. I hope we can continue to play that way this week against Westminster."

Huntington is coming off a 44-3 pasting of Aliso Viejo. The Wolverines had been potent through the air in their three previous games and came into the Sept. 23 game averaging 43 points. But the Oilers shut down the spread and came up with four interceptions. Chris Ogilvie and Zach Hadlock each had two picks, Ogilvie returning one 45 yards and Hadlock racing 94 yards with another.


In addition, Luke Holler had a short "scoop and score" fumble return for the Oilers' final touchdown that pushed the lead to 44-0.

Aliso Viejo avoided a shutout with a field goal in the fourth quarter.

Huntington's defense has given up just two touchdowns and 25 points overall.

"Defensively, we have been playing very well," Lo said. "Everyone did a great job against Aliso and we held down a team that had been averaging a lot of points and had been getting a lot of yards."

Huntington's offense also came up big, especially the running game. The Oilers racked up 362 yards on the ground, led by junior running back Fisher Chavira, who ran for 150 on 15 carries, getting 72 of them on a touchdown run. Quarterback Michael Chislock rushed for 96 yards and scored three times, including on a 49-yard run. Nolan Biegel got 59 yards and scored on a 15-yard run.

Max Talbert kicked a field goal and was five-for-five on point-after kicks.

Chavira, who had been a running back for Huntington's junior varsity team, was subbing for injured starting running back Austin Simpkins.

"Fisher had a great game and really filled a void for us," Lo said. "I thought our offensive line played extremely well and our offensive line did a great jog of pushing through."

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