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Green Chargers pass first test

In a battle of unbeatens, local Jr. Pee Wee team gets best of Saddleback Valley, 20-13.

October 06, 2010|From Staff Reports
  • EJ Ginnis is brought down after making a touchdown reception Saturday against the Saddleback Valley Black Wolverines. The Huntington Beach Green Chargers won the showdown between two undefeated Jr. Pee Wee division teams, 20-13.
EJ Ginnis is brought down after making a touchdown reception… (HB Independent )

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.

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From there, defense dominated the remainder of the game. For Huntington, Chase Ault led the team in tackles, with Cameron Gonzales and Zane Webster holding up the middle. Shaun Colamonico sealed the victory when he intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for the clinching touchdown with a minute to play.

The Green Chargers (6-0) host the Anaheim Rams at 8 a.m. Saturday at Edison High.

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Pee Wee Division

H.B. Blue Vikings 28, La Habra 0: The Blue Vikings ran their record to 3-1-1 by dominating the Lions.

Matthew Clark returned the opening kickoff 65 yards to set up a four-yard touchdown run by Brandon Laszlo. Nick Paulson added the two-point conversion kick. The Blue Vikings then recovered an onside kick and marched down field, a drive highlighted by runs of 17 and 28 yards by Peter McCoy and Andrew Schiffner, respectively. Laszlo completed the drive with an 11-yard scoring run.

Huntington's defensive also got into the scoring act when JJ Muratore intercepted a pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown. Conrad Myers added a three-yard conversion run to up the lead to 21-0. McCoy scored the final touchdown on a 13-yard run and Bryan Bravo ran in for the conversion.

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