High School Football: Oilers can't keep up with Tillers

Huntington Beach season ends after 49-18 loss to Tustin in CIF Southern Section Southwest quarterfinals.

November 19, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Huntington Beach's Kai Ross scrambles upfield on a quarterback keeper against Tustin during a CIF Southern Section playoff game at Huntington Beach High School on Friday.
Huntington Beach's Kai Ross scrambles upfield… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — When Huntington Beach took on Tustin in the quarterfinal round of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs Friday, the host Oilers pretty much knew the game plan for the Tillers.

Run, and then, run some more. And that's exactly what the Tillers did.

No. 2-seeded Tustin was able to grind its way to a 49-18 victory at Cap Sheue Field and the win sent the division's defending champion on to a semifinal date next Friday against No. 3-seeded Villa Park.

Huntington, the No. 3 team from the Sunset League, closed out a 6-6 campaign. The Oilers reached the playoff quarterfinals for the second straight year.

"I thought our effort was good but we had breakdowns on [defensive] assignments, and you can't do that against a team like Tustin," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said. "They have some good athletes and they can really run the ball. We had opportunities but we didn't capitalize on them."


Tustin (12-0) did. The Tillers rolled up 306 rushing yards in the first half which ended with them holding a 35-12 lead. They attempted only two passes all game, both incompletions. The first attempt came with just 1:18 left in the opening half. The other, with 7:54 remaining in the game.

They scored on five of their six first-half possessions in winning their 20th-straight game.

"We had a pretty good first half," said Tustin Coach Myron Miller whose team came into the game averaging 49 points. "This was the first game we've played the second half without a running clock since we played Foothill. I thought we were a little sloppy at times in the second half."

Huntington trailed, 14-0, after the first quarter. The Oilers gambled on fourth down plays during their first two possessions of the game, and failed on both occasions. Tustin scored after both gambles, getting a pair of one-yard touchdown runs by Terence Martinez, who ended up with a five-touchdown night.

The Oilers got some momentum back at the outset of the second quarter. They recorded a safety on a botched punt by the Tillers on the first play of the quarter. After Marco Valenzuela returned the ensuing free kick to midfield, the Oilers moved down to the Tustin seven thanks to a 19-yard run by Bo Breunig. The drive stalled and Wyatt Marlow came on to kick a 22-yard field goal, bringing Huntington to within 14-5 two minutes into the quarter.

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