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Road to test Oilers again

High School Football

Huntington Beach looks to get to .500, but getting there won't be easy as it visits Trabuco Hills.

September 12, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Edison High quarterback Aleksander Torgersen (10 ) throws the ball during the first half of a nonleague game against Villa Park on Thursday.
Edison High quarterback Aleksander Torgersen (10 ) throws… (KEVIN CHANG, HB…)

For the second time in its first four games, the Huntington Beach High football team hits the road for a key nonleague showdown in south Orange County.

On Thursday, the Oilers are at Trabuco Hills for a 7 p.m. game with the Mustangs. Huntington started its season Aug. 23 at El Toro.

"It's another tough road test for our young team, for sure," said Huntington Coach Eric Lo, whose team is ranked seventh in this week's CIF Southern Section Southwest Division poll.

The Huntington-Trabuco Hills games starts a five-game schedule this week for the local teams. Edison, Fountain Valley, Marina and Ocean View each play nonleague games Friday. Brethren Christian is idle this week.

Huntington heads to Trabuco Hills (2-1) with a 1-2 record. Miscues played a big part last week in the Oilers' 20-13 loss to JSerra. The Oilers turned the ball over four times, committed nine penalties and had a blocked punt late in the fourth quarter.

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Huntington junior quarterback Kai Ross rushed for 112 yards, getting 66 of them on a touchdown run.

"Defensively, we played really well but our mistakes, and that blocked punt, really hurt us," Lo said. "We need to clean things up, and force mistakes against Trabuco, if we want to have a chance."

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Friday

Edison (2-0) vs. Servite (1-1), 7:30 p.m., Cerritos College: The Chargers and Friars, who are getting together for the 13th consecutive year in nonleague play, clash in a key game.

The teams have split their last 12 fall meetings. They also have met in three postseason games since the 2000 season, including the 2009 Pac-5 Division title game won by Servite. In the last 15 games between the schools since 2000, Edison leads the series, 8-7.

"It's been a great rivalry," Edison Coach Dave White said.

Edison, ranked second in the Southwest Division, is coming off a 27-7 victory over Villa Park, the No. 4 team in the division. The Chargers ran up a 27-0 lead before the Spartans scored late in the fourth quarter. Senior linebacker Robert Reyes started the scoring when he returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown. Senior running back Marquis Ross accounted for the rest of Edison's scoring, reaching the end zone on runs of 30, 13 and eight yards.

Servite, which suffered a 40-23 loss at Bishop Amat to start the season, avoided an uncharacteristic 0-2 start by rallying from a 20-point deficit to pull out a 24-23 victory over host Rancho Cucamonga last Friday. Halfback Andrew Moore rushed for two touchdowns including the game-winning score.

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