"The kids all know each other and have grown up in each other's backyard," second-year Marina Coach George Pascoe said. "(It) means a great deal for each school to get back on the winning side."
Marina was on that "winning side" last year when it held off the Lions, 28-26, to give Pascoe his first victory as Vikings coach. On Friday, one team will get its first win of the 2011 season.
Marina has dropped its first two games of the season. Last week, the Vikings nearly pulled one out against Kennedy but a last-second interception in the back of the Kennedy end zone sealed a 20-18 loss. Quarterback Deshon Champion teamed up with Brayde Hill on two big scoring pass plays covering 41 and 81 yards. Champion, in his second game as Marina's starter, threw for 259 yards. Hill had 196 receiving yards and Alex Waked rushed for a game-high 121 yards and scored Marina's first touchdown of the game.
Waked rushed for 150 yards with two touchdowns and Hill scored twice in last year's win over Westminster.
"We moved the ball running and passing and must continue to stay balanced," said Pascoe of the 259 passing yards and 160 on the ground in Friday's loss. "We stayed focused at the end and drove the field 80 yards in 1:20, then made a mistake at the very end."
Mistakes also doomed Westminster last Friday when the Lions opened their season against Garden Grove. A costly fourth quarter that included two turnovers was the Lions' downfall in a 14-7 loss.
Brethren Christian (1-1) vs. Century (0-1), 7 p.m., Santa Ana Stadium: Brethren Christian gave first-year Coach Pat McInally his first victory at the school last week when the Warriors downed host Arrowhead Christian, 27-14. Quarterback Sam Franklin rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Warriors.