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Youth Football: HB Green Chargers in charge

October 16, 2013

The Huntington Beach Green Chargers cruised to their fourth consecutive victory and clinched the Junior Pee Wee Division title Saturday with a 24-0 victory over the Santa Margarita Stallions in Pop Warner Football action.

Huntington, which improved to 4-0 in conference play and 5-1 overall, started their scoring with Caden Kendle taking a handoff and weaving his way to the end zone on a 45-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 lead. The key play during the drive was a 12-yard reception by Ethan Ton that set up Kendle's touchdown run.

In the second quarter, the Green Chargers struck again with Artis Coleman taking a pitch and running it in from 16 yards out for the touchdown to make it 12-0. A 22-yard run by quarterback Ryan Rivituso set up Coleman's score. The lead grew to 18-0 in the third quarter after Kendle scooped up a Stallions' fumble, which was caused by a crunching tackle by Dane Despares, and returned it for a 20-yard touchdown. A quarterback sack by Bryce Gilbert's preceded Despares' big hit and Kendle's fumble recovery.

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Despares capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Ryan Easterday completed passes to Ton, Blake Anderson, Jordan Ginnis, and Connor Provost, during the scoring drive.

The Green Chargers defense registered four quarterback sacks with Kendle, Coleman, Ginnis and Gilbert each with one.

Huntington previously posted a 22-14 win Oct. 5 over the previously undefeated Tustin Black Cobras at Foothill High. Following a scoreless first half which included missing out on two scoring opportunities inside the Tustin five in the second quarter, one set up by an interception by Provost, the Green Chargers got on the scoreboard in the third quarter on a 20-yard pass play from Rivituso to Kade Ayres, followed by a two-point conversion kick by Kendle. On their next possession, Rivituso scored on a one-yard sneak behind center Keilan Lefaoseu, and Kendle again added a two-point conversion, for a 16-0 lead.

Tustin scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to draw within 16-14, missing a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the score. On the Green Chargers' next possession, Kendle scored on a 52-yard touchdown reception from Rivituso to increase the lead to 22-14.

A key tackle by Kendle on a pass completion at the Huntington 20 during Tustin's final possession, secured the win.

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