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High School Football: Oilers crush Bakersfield Christian

Huntington Beach makes big plays in first half to help score 32-10 win in season opener Friday.

September 05, 2013
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Two big plays, one on the defensive end, the other, a last-second heave on offense, turned the tide for the Huntington Beach High football team Friday.

Huntington turned in a goal-line stand late in the first half against Bakersfield Christian to protect a precarious lead, then used a long touchdown pass on the final play of the half to establish control, and both plays went a long way in helping the Oilers emerge with a 32-10 victory in the 2013 season opener for both teams at Cap Sheue Field.

The defensive stance came when the Oilers stacked up Bakersfield Christian running back Matt Smith, who went on to rush for a game-high 103 yards, for a four-yard loss on a fourth-and-goal play with 2:05 remaining until halftime. It protected a 10-3 Huntington lead.

On Huntington's ensuing drive, receiver Maurice Barber caught a Kai Ross pass over the middle at the Oilers' 44-yard line, weaved his way to the outside and raced his way down the Huntington sideline before being brought down at the BC 33.

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Ross was sacked on the next play for an eight-yard loss and two plays later, facing third down at the 41 with two seconds left, Ross again was chased, this time past midfield back into Huntington territory, but was able to elude several Eagles. With time expired, he ran to the left, set and threw toward the back of the end zone. There to make a great catch behind a BC defender was Tucker deCamp. His only reception of the half put the Oilers on top, 17-3.

It was a wild ending to the first half of a game that was marred by penalties called against both teams.

"It's the first game, and we got it over with," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said. "We had those first-game mistakes, for sure, and the penalties were ridiculous. One real good thing, I thought, was that we didn't turn the ball over, but we did miss a lot of assignments. We also had those two touchdowns called back. There were a lot of flags tonight."

Lo was right. In the first half alone, Huntington was flagged 11 times for 92 yards. In all, the Oilers were called for 19 penalties.

BC was penalized 11 times (13 total, but two were declined), nine of which came in the second half.

The Eagles, who last year were runner-up to the CIF Central Section Division 4 title, scored first. They took the opening kickoff and, aided by a pair of personal foul calls against Huntington, reached the Oilers' eight. The drive stalled but Nathan Dejager came on to connect on a 25-yard field goal.

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