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OV makes history

November 19, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Timmy Robinson stood near midfield late Friday, a wide smile beaming brightly enough on its own, to light up Ocean View Stadium.

"We made history,” the Seahawks' talented starting quarterback and linebacker said, the smile never leaving his face as steam rose from the top of his head and from every angle of his sweat-soaked body on a chilly night. “It's an incredible feeling."

It was a historical night on several counts for the Ocean View football program. First, by hosting Santa Ana Valley in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs, the Seahawks were playing their first postseason game at their on-campus stadium, which opened in September of 2003. It also was their first "home" playoff game since 1989. But the big first happened just two hours after kickoff: the school had captured its first-ever CIF playoff victory.

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Ocean View trailed throughout the first half against Santa Ana Valley but rode a defensive shutout in the second half to come away with a 26-21 victory. The triumph sends the Seahawks into a quarterfinal matchup Nov. 25 against Beckman. The top-ranked Patriots cruised past Godinez, 42-7, Friday.

Moments after the momentous win, the Seahawks formed a massive huddle and jumped up and down on each other in wild celebration.

"This is what it's all about," Ocean View Coach Harold Eggers said as he pointed to the bouncing bubble of players. "One of the things you always worry about when you get to the playoffs is if the kids want to keep on playing. The teams that make great runs in the playoffs are the teams that want to keep playing. This team wants to keep playing. They showed that tonight."

Ocean View, the No. 2 team from the Golden West League and now 6-5, overcame one seven-point and two eight-point first-half deficits to defeat a Santa Ana Valley team that shared the Orange League title with Anaheim. The Seahawks took the lead for good with 2:47 left in the third quarter on a bruising nine-yard touchdown run by Travis Sparks-Jackson. From there, they rode their defense to move on in postseason play for the first time.

Once again, Ocean View showed that it's a second-half team.

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