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Pee Wee Chargers edged in bowl game

South Coast Red Tritons rally for 18-16 win in Division II Orange Bowl championship game.

November 06, 2013

The Huntington Beach Jr. Pee Wee Division Gold Chargers capped their 2013 season Saturday by reaching the Division II Orange Bowl championship game but their bid for the title came up just short in an 18-16 loss to the South Coast Red Tritons at Estancia High.

Following a scoreless opening quarter, Huntington got on the scoreboard first when quarterback Braeden Boyles connected with Jack Kosick on a 30-yard touchdown pass. Jackson Walters kicked in the two-point conversion and the Chargers were up, 8-0.

The Gold Chargers (8-2) were the first team to score on the South Coast defense this season.

The Tritons responded quickly by scoring on a touchdown pass. The Gold Chargers' Cameron Moradian blocked the conversion kick which allowed the Gold Chargers to maintain the lead at 8-6. With Jerian Operana, Jake Brown, and John Chandler turning in key tackles, and Tanner Ciok coming up with an interception, in the remainder of the second quarter, the Gold Chargers held a two-point lead at halftime.

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Late in the third quarter, Huntington extended its lead to 16-6 on a 45-yard scoring play by Kosick and two-point kick by Walters. With Dillon Blake and Riley O'Dell coming up with key plays on defense, the Gold Chargers took a 10-point advantage into the fourth quarter.

South Coast blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown early in the final quarter to pull within 16-12. The Red Tritons took their first lead of the game when they scored with 2:48 remaining, and went on to claim an 18-16 victory.

Huntington's defense, led by Kosick and Shane Dzwilewski, held South Coast scoreless in the first quarter. On offense, Mike Welsh hauled in a big, 20-yard pass reception, and the running of Ciok and Kosick moved the ball downfield in the quarter.

The Gold Chargers advanced to the Orange Bowl game by defeating the Tustin Black Cobras, 14-6, in a division semifinal game Oct. 26.

The Huntington Beach Jr. Pee Wee Division Gold Chargers are: Tyler Moses, Nick Daniel, Jackson Walters, Braeden Boyles, Cameron Moradian, Evan Haithcock, Dillon Blake, Joey Valenta, Mike Welsh, PJ Campbell, Jack Kosick, Tanner Ciok, Jeremy Alcorn, Jackson Schnoor, Jake Brown, Jerian Operana, John Chandler, Riley O'Dell, Shane Dzwilewski, Ivan Soto. Head coach: Gregg Campbell. Coaches: Greg Brown, Dave Dzwilewski, John Valenta, David Moses, Dave Haithcock, Tony Alcorn, Jeff Boyles.

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