Two undefeated Pop Warner Football teams, the Huntington Beach Green Chargers and Saddleback Valley Black Wolverines, collided Saturday to determine the leader in the Orange Empire Jr. Pee Wee Division standings.
When the dust settled, it was the Green Chargers who emerged with a hard-fought, 20-13 road victory and sole possession of first place.
Saddleback Valley struck first in the contest, scoring on its opening possession. The touchdown was the first given up this season by the Green Chargers' defense. But the Huntington offense responded immediately by moving 50 yards in six plays on its first drive, culminated by a touchdown pass from Griffin O'Connor to EJ Ginnis. A successful onside kick by Logan Harris later gave the Green Chargers possession and they proceeded to march down field and score when Karson Ayres drove over several Wolverine defenders from four yards out. It was the first touchdown of the season for Ayres. Ginnis put Huntington on top for good by scoring Huntington's first successful extra-point kick of the season for a 14-13 lead.