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High School Football: Sunset, one tough league

Edison, HB, Fountain Valley open season with two straight wins and are ranked in Southwest Division top 10.

September 11, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

It's only two weeks into the 2013 prep football season but already, the CIF Southwest Division top 10 poll is top-heavy with Sunset League teams.

Defending division champion Edison High still rides atop the poll but Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley have quickly made their presence felt. The Oilers started the season tied for the No. 6 position, but now rank at No. 5. The Barons, meanwhile, were not included in the preseason rankings but have climbed their way to the No. 6 slot.

Throw in Los Alamitos at No. 4, and Newport Harbor, despite a season-opening loss Friday to Trabuco Hills, at No. 10, and five of the six Sunset teams are included in this week's poll.

Edison, Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley each has begun the season 2-0. The Chargers are in the midst of a bye week but both the Oilers and Barons are preparing for big contests Friday.

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The outcomes of those games again will affect next week's Southwest poll.

Ocean View kicks off this week's schedule for the locals with a Thursday game at Estancia. Marina, which defeated Ocean View last week, goes after win No. 2 in a Friday showdown with rival Westminster.

Like Edison, Brethren Christian is idle.

Thursday game

Ocean View (0-1) vs. Estancia (0-1)

(7 p.m., Estancia High)

Two teams who fell short in their season openers a week ago will vie Thursday for that first victory.

Ocean View dropped its opener, 33-14, to Marina Friday. The Seahawks were led by offensive workhorse, senior running back Daniel Valencia, who rushed for a game-high 144 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Blake Meyer threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Tyler Clay in the third quarter to draw the Seahawks to within 24-14.

Junior Jerred Vogt made some nice runs at fullback and finished with 68 yards rushing.

The Seahawks turned the ball over four times, all interceptions.

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

Estancia returns only one starter from last year. The Eagles are playing for the first time in four seasons without its leading rusher, running back Robert Murtha who graduated in June. Murtha, who holds numerous rushing records at Estancia and is the all-time career rushing leader in the Newport Mesa Unified School District, was the Offensive Player of the Year the past three years in the Orange Coast League.

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