League races winding down

Area teams have eyes on league titles and playoff berths as just three weeks remain in regular season.

October 27, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Edison quarterback Chase Favreau (7) throws a pass under pressure during a game earlier this season against Dana Hills.
Edison quarterback Chase Favreau (7) throws a pass under… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

Two weeks down, three to go.

For the past 14 days, the football races in the Sunset and Golden West leagues have started to shake out, spit out and lay out their respective order. Today and Friday, those standings certainly can change as both races reach pivotal points with teams vying to stay in title and playoff contention.

Today's schedule has Fountain Valley at Huntington Beach and Marina at Los Alamitos in Sunset action. Friday's Sunset schedule has Edison entertaining Newport Harbor and Ocean View hosting Westminster in its homecoming game in Golden West play.

For Brethren Christian, it also boils down to a three-week season as the Academy League season gets underway for the Warriors on Saturday against Crean Lutheran South of Irvine.


Fountain Valley (3-3-1, 1-1) vs. Huntington Beach (4-3, 0-2), 7 p.m. today at Huntington Beach High: Fountain Valley picked up its first Sunset League win last week at the expense of Marina, beating the Vikings, 31-8. Running back Montana Merhoff rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns, Ryan Balzer ran for another score, Jesse Quintana took in an eight-yard touchdown pass from Josiah Fernandez and Derek Huynen booted a 32-yard field goal for the Barons.


Huntington opened league play with a loss at Newport Harbor and last week fell to Edison. In their two losses, the Oilers have scored just 13 points, six of those on quarterback Michael Chislock's touchdown run in last week's 30-7 setback to the Chargers.

Chislock also threw for 155 yards.

"We're definitely in a spot now where we need to play better," Huntington Beach Coach Eric Lo said. "The kids are still excited to play and are looking forward to taking on Fountain Valley.

"One thing we need to do better than we have been doing the past few weeks is run the football better. That's been our big challenge this week and we've had two good days of practice."

Marina (3-4, 0-2) vs. Los Alamitos (5-2, 2-0), 7 p.m. today at Veterans Stadium, Long Beach: After beginning Sunset League play with losses to Edison and Fountain Valley, Marina now has the challenge of taking on league co-leader Los Alamitos.

Los Al has been on a roll since the second half of their league opener against Fountain Valley. Since trailing, 7-3, to the Barons at halftime of that Oct. 15 game, the Griffins have racked up 51 points without allowing a point.

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