Huntington Beach Coach Eric Lo said during the preseason that the first three games of the season would tell him a lot about his 2011 football team. Games against El Toro, Corona del Mar and Foothill, two of whom were rivals when the Oilers belonged to the Sea View League, figured to test Huntington right out of the gate.
Lo did learn something last Friday at Cap Sheue Field: his team can win the close one.
Huntington never trailed against El Toro, but the Oilers had to withstand a barrage of passes — 55 of them from Chargers quarterback Conner Manning — and a late comeback attempt to post a 23-21 season-opening victory.
"It's the first game of the season and it was sloppy at times and we made some mistakes," said Lo, whose team hosts Corona del Mar at 7 p.m. Friday. "But, we won a game against a very good team that I think will win the Sea View League, and getting a win is the bottom line.