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High School Football: Rough night for Ocean View

Seahawks fall, 54-14, to Westminster in their homecoming Friday night.

October 22, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Nothing went right for the Ocean View football team during the first half of Friday's Golden West League game against Westminster, and it was a long 24 minutes for the Seahawks.

One thing the Seahawks had in their favor, though, was that there was no quit in them.

Ocean View fell behind its neighboring rival by an insurmountable margin by halftime but played the Lions on even terms in the final 24 minutes. The effort wasn't enough to overcome a 40-point deficit, and it left the Seahawks saddled with a 54-14 loss in their homecoming game.

The setback all but eliminated Ocean View from the league title race. With two league games to go, the Seahawks (1-2) are two games behind Westminster (3-0) and one game behind Orange and Segerstrom who are both 2-1. Orange knocked off previously undefeated Segerstrom, the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, 45-33, on Thursday.

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Ocean View (3-5 overall) never got into any type of offensive groove early, and it cost the Seahawks. Westminster, meanwhile, was clicking from the get-go and turned a 14-0 first-quarter lead, into a surprising, 40-0 halftime advantage.

"We tried to spread them out in the first half, but it didn't work," Ocean View Coach Luis Nunez said. "We just couldn't get anything going. We tried to get physical with them in the second half and we had better results. There was no quit in our guys."

There wasn't, not even after a first-half performance that the Seahawks would soon like to forget.

Ocean View went without a first down in the first half. In six possessions in the half, five were three-and-out series. The other, the Seahawks fumbled the ball away on a first-down play in the second quarter. They had just six yards of total offense in the half. The biggest gain was a five-yard run by running back Daniel Valencia with under two minutes to go in the half.

Conversely, Westminster (4-4 overall) scored on six of its seven first-half possessions. The Lions struck quickly on two of those drives, one covering three plays, the other, just one play. The one-play score came on a 60-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Steven Anderson to Matt Alvarez and it put the Lions up, 26-0, four minutes into the second quarter.

Anderson also rushed for two touchdowns.

The Lions' lone non-scoring drive of the half ended on an interception by Ocean View senior defensive back Tyler Clay.at the Ocean View 24-yard line with the Lions on the march.

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