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Oilers put up a fight

November 25, 2011|By Mike Sciacca
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH – The best season for a Huntington Beach High football team in nearly two decades came to an end Friday night before a full house at Cap Sheue Field.

The Oilers traded punches with No. 2-seeded Mission Viejo in their CIF Southern Section Pac-5 quarterfinal game but it was the visiting Diablos who were left standing after scoring a wild, 41-31 victory.

Huntington trailed, 31-10, after three quarters but scored 14 straight points early in the fourth quarter to pull within 34-24 with 8:11 left to play. The Oilers could get no closer.

The win sends Mission Viejo (10-2) to next week's semifinals. The Diablos will face Santa Margarita on Dec. 2.

Huntington finished 9-3 for its best showing since 1993,  

Oilers fifth-year head coach Eric Lo said two days before the big game that Mission Viejo would be the toughest opponent his team would face this year. After four quarters Friday, nothing changed his mind.

"They're a very good, sound football team and the best we faced this year," he said. "But I was proud of our guys. [Mission Viejo] is one of the top teams in the county, and we were right there with them.

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"We competed very hard and never gave up. We fell behind but kept fighting and our guys gave it everything they possibly could. They left it all on the field and that's all we [coaches] could ask for. We just never gave up."

The Oilers didn't. They could have, after the Diablos took their biggest lead, 34-10, on a three-yard touchdown run by Buzzy Yokoyama with 13 seconds left in the third quarter. It was the third TD run of the night for the transfer from Newport Harbor. 

"It's tough to come back from that much down but our guys just kept fighting," Lo said. "The game could have been over at that point but our guys have a lot of pride and I was proud of how they charged back. We got the momentum on our side in the fourth quarter and it could have been even closer."

Huntington drew to within 34-17 when sophomore Kai Ross took in a 13-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Michael Chislock with 8:11 remaining. The Oilers got the ball right back when senior strong safety John Bridges recovered an onside kick at midfield. Three plays later, Chislock threw across field to a wide open Chris Ogilvie in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown. Thomas Harer's conversion made it 34-24 with 7:35 to go.

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