Local teams bow out

Edison blitzed by Santa Margarita, 49-3, in playoff opener

Ocean View pushes CdM to edge but falls, 21-13.

November 24, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Ocean View's Colton Johnson, right, wards off Corona del Mar's Frasier Anderson during Friday's CIF playoff game at Orange Coast College.
Ocean View's Colton Johnson, right, wards off Corona… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

The 2010 football season has officially come to a close for local schools.

Only Ocean View and Edison advanced to the CIF postseason playoffs this fall, and both the Seahawks and Chargers were eliminated from title contention following first-round losses last Friday.

A year after playing for the Pac-5 Division championship, Edison — which returned just one starter from last year's 13-1 team — was given an early postseason exit by host Santa Margarita, which rolled to a 49-3 victory in Pac-5 Division action.

Ocean View played host Corona del Mar to the wire at Orange Coast College and had a last-minute drive deep in Sea Kings territory thwarted. CdM held on for a 21-13 victory.

"These guys played like this all year, fighting to the end in every game," Ocean View Coach Harold Eggers said of his team. "When we'd get down in a game and we'd find a way to come back. I couldn't be more proud of this group of kids.


"It was an exciting football game. We did a good job of keeping them in check, but we didn't execute that well on offense."

For every jab Ocean View threw CdM's way, the Sea Kings responded with a quick counter punch. They even had the final knock down that would send them onto the 12th week of the season.

Pacific Coast League champion CdM (9-1-1) led just 14-13 at the half — Ocean View failed on a two-point pass play after its first touchdown — but scored the only touchdown in the final 24 minutes to take an eight-point lead.

"It doesn't matter at this point in the season if you win by one point, or 40 points," CdM Coach Jason Hitchens said. "We got the win and that's what counts.

"Ocean View played a great game and gave us a battle. It was a good game."

The Sea Kings were protecting a 21-13 lead late when Ocean View got the ball back with under three minutes to play. Starting from their own 24-yard line, the Seahawks moved to the CdM 16-yard line in the waning moments.

With no time outs left and facing fourth down, Ocean View senior quarterback Nolan Tippy threw to senior receiver Josh Clay at the goal line, but the pass was broken up at the last second by CdM defensive back Cole Cottrell.

The ball fell to the ground and CdM took over with eight seconds remaining.

"Major props to their receiver (Clay) for getting open," Cottrell said. "I was fortunate to be able to get in position to knock the ball down. It felt like the ball took so long to get there and it was a very relieving feeling when I saw it hit the ground."

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