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High School Football: Marina prevails

Vikings take down Ocean View, 33-14, in first meeting of teams since 1993, when Marina won.

September 07, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — The first football meeting in 20 years between Marina High and Ocean View ended the same as it did that last matchup in 1993: a Marina victory.

The Vikings used a quick-paced offense to set the game's early tone, withstood a few challenges by Ocean View, and scored the final nine points to pull away to a 33-14 nonleague victory Friday at Ocean View.

It was the first win of the young season for the Vikings, who last week dropped their opener at Pico Rivera El Rancho.

Ocean View was making its season debut Friday.

"This is our first game and it's [Marina's] second, so they got to work out some kinks," second-year Ocean View Coach Luis Nunez said. "Hopefully, we can work out our kinks and learn from this game."

Marina took a two-touchdown lead after its first two possessions of the game, and it looked as though the Vikings might roll to an easy win. But Ocean View kept the game within reach, cutting the lead to seven points early in the second quarter, and was within 10 points (24-14) with nine minutes remaining.

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Turnovers, which doomed Marina in its loss last week to El Rancho, cost the Seahawks who had a couple of drives end on interceptions.

Ocean View was breaking in a new quarterback, Blake Meyer, and the sophomore was intercepted four times.

"We've got a young quarterback and we expected to take our lumps a bit," Nunez said. "They didn't turn the ball over, and we did four times. We had our chances."

Marina used a offensive deluge early to establish control. Senior quarterback Daylan Harmeyer, a transfer from Edison, picked apart the Seahawks with the short pass. He hit his first 10 passes of the game and spearheaded a pair of six-play scoring drives in the opening quarter.

On Marina's first possession of the game, Harmeyer was five of five and capped an 85-yard drive, which took only two minutes, with a 15-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Dawayne Jackson.

On the next Marina drive, which started at the Ocean View 39-yard line following a short punt, he went four of four to cover 32 yards. The possession ended on a five-yard touchdown run by junior tight end Josh Gordon.

Marina held a 14-0 lead with 58 seconds left in the quarter.

Peppering the Ocean View defense with the quick pass was what Marina Coach George Pascoe had wanted.

"If we were to be successful, we had to do that," Pascoe said. "Our offensive line is really young and [short passes] helped us get going."

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