Vikings look to bounce back

Marina, after falling victim to several trick plays in 21-13 loss, faces Western tonight.

October 06, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Marina's Nick Marshall hands the ball off to Alex Waked during practice Monday.
Marina's Nick Marshall hands the ball off to Alex… (Scott Smeltzer,…)

It was only the beginning of the month of October and Halloween was still 30 days away, yet trickery took a foul turn on the Marina High football team last week in Aliso Viejo.

Entrenched in a tight battle with host Aliso Niguel, the Vikings fell victim to trick plays in a 21-13 loss to the Wolverines. Aliso scored on a bounce lateral on its first play from scrimmage that resulted in a 62-yard touchdown. Later, the Wolverines used a halfback pass to score their second touchdown.

"We need to not let up trick plays," Marina Coach George Pascoe said, his team confined to an indoor workout Monday due to rain. "Trick plays demoralize teams and are tough to overcome. We had our chances and just need to execute at key times."

Alex Waked rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries and Nick Marshall kicked two field goals for the Vikings.


"Alex played a great game," Pascoe said. "He has over 500 yards in four games. If a back is running, then the line is playing well also."

The Vikings (2-2) get the chance at a new start this week. Tonight, they'll be in to Anaheim to face Western, a team also reeling from a big setback.

Last Friday, Coach Toby Howell's Pioneers (2-2) were blitzed early by rival Cypress and went on to suffer a 54-14 defeat in their Empire League opener. Western lives by the run and spreads the wealth in that department between backs Marcus Hays, who rushed for a score in the loss to Cypress and leads the team with seven touchdowns, and Mike Jefferson.

"Coach Howell will have them ready to bounce back after last week," Pascoe said. "We need to stop their ball control offense and get them off the field. Then, when we get our chances, we need to make the most of them. In the red zone we need touchdowns, not field goals."

Other games:

Huntington Beach (2-2) vs. San Juan Hills (5-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tesoro High: Two teams who have rolled in recent weeks collide as Huntington Beach goes to Tesoro High to take on undefeated San Juan Hills.

Last week, Huntington cruised to a 31-7 nonleague win against visiting Westminster, while San Juan Hills routed University, 45-16. Oilers coach Eric Lo calls Friday's nonleague clash is a crucial test for his squad in its final tune-up before the start of Sunset League play.

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