Oilers look to make history

High School Football

Huntington Beach hasn't defeated Edison since 1993, when Tony Gonzalez suited up for the Oilers. The two undefeated Sunset League teams square off Thursday in what promises to be defensive showdown.

October 26, 2011|By Mike Sciacca
  • Huntington Beach High's John Vis, left, sacks Newport Harbor High quarterback Cole Blower.
Huntington Beach High's John Vis, left, sacks Newport… (KEVIN CHANG, HB…)

The Huntington Beach football team sailed over a frustrating hurdle last week. On Thursday, the Oilers will attempt to clear a second one.

The lead in the Sunset League standings is at stake at 7 p.m. at Cap Sheue Field when Huntington takes on Edison in the latest showdown in the championship race. Both teams enter Thursday's game 2-0 in league. Huntington is on a five-game win streak and is 6-1; Edison has won two straight and is 5-2.

The Chargers are ranked 10th in this week's CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division poll. Huntington comes in unranked.

"It's going to be exciting game," Huntington Beach Coach Eric Lo said. "We're really excited to be playing Edison. They always do a great job of coaching their guys up. This definitely is a big one for both teams."

Huntington finds itself in a rare spot: - playing for the league lead at the midway point of the league race. The Oilers took a giant stride forward in the standings Friday by knocking off Newport Harbor. The Oilers' resounding 35-7 victory was their first over the Sailors since 1991.


"It's probably the best performance by a team I've coached here," said Lo, who is in his fifth season as head coach of the Oilers. "It was a huge win for us against a great program (Newport Harbor). We had been talking all week long leading up to that game, about how big the game was for us. Then to go out and hold them to minus-four yards rushing, and rush for more than 350 ourselves, was amazing.

"The kids played really great that night and we're excited about it, but we have moved on."

The Oilers have to. The next challenge they face is playing an Edison program that hasn't lost in this series since a Tony Gonzalez-led Huntington squad posted a 10-7 victory in 1993.

Edison can assume the driver's seat in the league standing with a victory Thursday. The Chargers have already knocked off defending league champion Los Alamitos. They did so Oct. 13 by scoring a 10-7 win at Cap Sheue Field. Last week, the Chargers defense only surrendered a field goal in a 43-3 win over Marina.

Quarterback Chase Favreau tossed touchdown passes to Bryce Campbell and Sedric Hill and finished with 185 yards through the air. Running back Elijah Herrera returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score and later scored on a nine-yard run. Aleksander Torgersen threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Raekwon Yates in the fourth quarter.

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