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HB Gold Chargers open playoffs with win

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Jr. Pee Wee Division team handles La Habra and scores 39-14 victory.

October 23, 2013
(Courtesy of HBJAAF )

The Huntington Beach Jr. Pee Wee Division Gold Chargers opened up Pop Warner Football postseason playoff action Saturday at Lyons Field in Fullerton and came away with a 39-14 victory over the La Habra White Lions.

The win advances the Gold Chargers to a 1 p.m. playoff game Saturday against the Tustin Black Cobras at Estancia High.

Huntington drove inside the La Habra five-yard line early in the game but couldn't score. The White Lions got on the scoreboard first on a 95-yard touchdown run and two-point kick, to take an 8-0 lead. The Gold Chargers quickly answered in the second quarter with a touchdown run by quarterback Braeden Boyles, with Jackson Walters kicking the two-point conversion to tie the score.

With 1:35 left in the first half, Jack Kosick scored Huntington's second touchdown on a run, and Walters' kick gave the Gold Chargers a 16-8 lead. La Habra came right back to score on a 60-yard run with 32 seconds left in the half, but the Gold Chargers blocked the conversion kick.

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Kosick returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards, and Huntington scored before the half was over when Boyles threw a touchdown pass to Mike Welsh. Walters again added a two-point kick, and the Gold Chargers took a 24-14 advantage into intermission.

In the third quarter, Boyles threw a middle screen pass to Kosick for a 25-yard touchdown, and Walters' fourth two-point kick took the score to 32-14. With five minutes left in the game, Walters ran in the Chargers' final touchdown.

Defensively for Huntington, John Chandler, Cameron Moradian and Jake Brown racked up key tackles, and Welsh and Dillon Blake both had an interception.

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Green Chargers 24, Santa Margarita 0: The Green Chargers had clinched its division title on Oct. 12 with a 24-0 shutout victory over the Santa Margarita Stallions. Cade Kendle scored on a 45-yard run and also on a return of a fumble caused by Dane Despares, and Despares capped the scoring with a 10-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Huntington's third league win was a 22-14 victory Oct. 5 over the previously undefeated Tustin Black Cobras. Ryan Rivituso threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Kade Ayres, scored on a one-yard sneak, and teamed with Kendle on a 52-yard touchdown pass play in the fourth quarter to give the Green Chargers a 22-14 lead.

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