Oilers thump Lions

Huntington Beach uses dominating performance, especially in second quarter, to take out Westminster.

October 01, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,

HUNTINGTON BEACH — The Huntington Beach Oilers blitzed visiting Westminster for three touchdowns in a five-minute span of the second quarter and rode a dominating first-half performance to an eventual, 31-7 victory in nonleague prep football action at Sheue Field.

Huntington led the entire way, turning a 3-0 first-quarter lead into a 24-0 halftime advantage thanks to the three quick scores.

The win was the third straight for the Oilers who improved to 3-1.Oiler students, alumni and fans left happy following the homecoming game triumph.


The Oilers' performance also pleased head coach Eric Lo.

"I thought we played well and made plays when we needed to," he said. "We had some big plays, like that slip screen and another fade that set up that touchdown run. On top of that, our defense played really well. We knew we'd be in a fight tonight and our guys responded well."

Max Talbert started the night's scoring by hitting a 48-yard field goal on the first offensive series of the game. Late in the first quarter, the Oilers defense set up the offense when cornerback Chris Ogilvie intercepted a Dominic Pendergrass pass at the Huntington 25. They then covered 75 yards to move out to a 10-0 lead, the big plays being Nolan Biegel's 26-yard run on an inside hand off on third-and-five to get down to the Westminster 32, two outstanding, one-handed grabs by Cameron Trentini of a pair of Michael Chislock passes, the last of which put the ball at the seven before Biegel capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run.

Huntington used a total of six plays on its next two drives to score twice more.

On its next series after Biegel's TD, the OIlers faced third-and-13 from the Westminster 49 when Chislock laid out a perfectly placed pass down the Huntington sideline to a wide-open Ramon Vargas at the 30. The speedy junior receiver, a Sea View League hurdles champion last year, took off for the end zone and outraced Lions' defensive back Tarik Rayford, shaking off a tackle attempt by Rayford at the 10, then sprinted the rest of the way. Talbert's conversion extended the lead to 17-0.

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