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High School Football: Oilers stun Griffins

Huntington Beach earns 28-7 victory over Los Alamitos.

October 27, 2012

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Eric Lo learned plenty about the character of his Huntington Beach High football team in just a few hours.

A week ago, the Oilers let a big one slip away at Newport Harbor. The setback stung for a day or so, Lo said, but the team went back to work and turned their focus to Los Alamitos. Friday on their home turf at Cap Sheue Field, they responded big-time and put last week's disappointment behind them with a 28-7 victory over the Griffins, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division.

The effort by the Oilers was stellar, and the win gave them the chance to play for an even bigger prize: the Sunset League championship.

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Huntington can earn a share of the league title next week if it defeats Edison. The top-ranked Chargers remained alone in first place in league play by defeating Fountain Valley, 21-3, also Friday. The teams meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Cap Sheue Field.

The Oilers (5-4 overall, 3-1 league) share second place with Newport Harbor which next week goes on the road to face Los Alamitos. The Griffins are 2-2 in league and 6-3 overall and in fourth place.

The league plot thickens.

"This is definitely a reflection of their character," Lo said of his squad. "We were down on Monday and talked about [the 20-17 loss to Newport]. Our backs were against the wall but the kids responded really well. We needed this, after that tough loss.

"Now, we get to play for a championship."

Huntington's defense was spectacular the entire game. The Oilers intercepted five passes, four off Los Al quarterback Cody Marshall, and held the Griffins to a season-low in points scored. Three of the interceptions came in the third quarter when the Oilers took control of the game.

Huntington's defense has held three league opponents to 10 or fewer points.

Quarterback Kai Ross threw touchdown passes to Wyatt Marlow and Marco Valenzuela, and the junior, who also starts at defensive back, put the game away with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown to take the score to 28-7 with 2:27 left to play.

Ross stepped in front of Los Al receiver Kendall Brownlow at the Huntington 30-yard line to make the interception, and had nothing but an open field as he raced down the Los Al sideline untouched to the end zone.

"I'd been hearing them call that play all night, and I was ready when the ball came my way," Ross said.

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