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Oilers run past Barons

November 11, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Huntington Beach football team knew that it had a shot at sharing the 2011 Sunset League championship, if the Oilers took care of business Thursday against Fountain Valley and got some help from another team just one beach city south of Cap Sheue Field.

The Oilers held up their part as they defeated the host Barons, 30-12, in the Sunset League and regular-season finale for both teams. It was during halftime, with his team holding a 14-6 lead, that Oilers head coach Eric Lo learned that the team his squad needed help from, Newport Harbor, was trailing league-leading Edison, 28-7, at the break. The Chargers (5-0) went on to run away with a 35-7 victory that gave them an outright league title.

Huntington, at 4-1 in league, sewed up second place. It was a finish that Lo had predicted before the start of the season.

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"We're real excited about the season," the fifth-year coach said of his team's 8-2 overall record. "Now, we get to show what we can do in the playoffs but we need to play better football than how we played tonight.

"This one was a good one for us, but we didn't play as well as we could have. We missed some opportunities and we gave up some plays. But that's a credit to Fountain Valley and how well they played and how well they are coached."

The Oilers, who became the first Huntington team to win eight games in a season since the 1993 team went 13-1, overcame a 6-0 first-quarter deficit to get the win against a Fountain Valley team that played its best football over the final month of the season.

A week ago, the Barons gave Edison all it could handle before succumbing, 14-10. On senior night against Huntington, they took the early lead and were within a touchdown at the half before the game slipped away.

"Being inconsistent has been our Achilles heel all year," said Fountain Valley Coach John Shipp who celebrated his 40th birthday on Thursday. "We played hard but in this league, you need to be on your 'A' game every week. It's not due to our lack of heart, because we have played some of our most inspiring football in the last two weeks. It's due to the fact that we haven't been able to put together four, solid quarters of football. We've done it in spurts, but not all the way through."

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