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High School Football: Ocean View earns first win of season

Seahawks finish strong against Santa Ana and scores 41-27 Golden West League win Thursday night.

October 18, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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As the final seconds ticked away to end Thursday's Golden West League football game between Ocean View and Santa Ana, Ocean View football coach Luis Nunez gave a thumbs-up, turned and shouted, "good job," back at his players and coaching staff on the Seahawks' sideline, then headed toward midfield to exchange post-game handshakes with the Saints.

Nunez jumped the gun a bit, though, as Santa Ana, trailing by two touchdowns, called a timeout. You can't blame Nunez for his enthusiasm, as his team was about to sew up its first victory of the season.

Ocean View opened up a 10-point lead on Santa Ana, fell behind in the second quarter, then scored 17 unanswered points bridging the end of the first half and third quarter, and went on to earn a 41-27 victory.

Once the final second was off the clock, Nunez resumed what he had started, and enjoyed the moment.

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"The first victory was tough. It didn't come easy, but it's worth it," he said. "I'm happy we got this win."

Sophomore quarterback Blake Meyer threw three touchdown passes, junior Hector Calderon caught one of those scoring passes and also kicked a pair of field goals, and senior running back Daniel Valencia rushed for two second-half touchdowns for Ocean View which pulled away from a 13-13 halftime tie.

Meyer threw for 122 yards and Valencia rushed for 155 yards on 23 carries. Valencia left the game after getting banged up on a four-quarter run inside the Santa Ana 15-yard line with nine minutes to go in the game.

Valencia did not return. His replacement, junior fullback Riley Koehler, did an admirable job down the stretch. In his first full series, with Ocean View up, 34-20, Koehler ripped off third-down runs of 14 and 30 yards, to keep the Seahawks' drive alive. His 30-yard run put the Seahawks at the Santa Ana 23.

It set up Ocean View's final score. Meyer's fourth touchdown pass of the game went to junior running back David Alani who slipped out of the backfield to score on a 10-yard play. It increased the Seahawks' lead to 41-20 with 2:39 left.

"Daniel [Valencia] went down and I thought, here we go again," Nunez said. "But our kids played tough. We showed we can throw the ball, and I thought this was our best performance of the season."

It was the most productive game of the year for the Ocean View offense which had its highest scoring game.

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