Huntington Beach and Ocean View had their postseason runs come to an end Friday in the quarterfinal round of the CIF Southern Section football playoffs.
The best season turned in by a Huntington Beach team in nearly two decades came to a close before at full house at Cap Sheue Field. The Oilers traded punches with second-ranked Mission Viejo in their Pac-5 Division 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.
Huntington, the No. 2 team from the Sunset League, finished 9-3 for its best showing since 1993. Mission Viejo (10-2) takes on Santa Margarita in the semifinals Friday.
Oilers 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 last Friday, nothing changed his mind.