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High School Football: Chargers, Oilers keep it going

Edison, Huntington Beach win first-round playoff games to stay alive in postseason.

November 20, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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The prep football season lives on for Edison High and Huntington Beach.

Both the Chargers and Oilers kept their CIF Southern Section championship hopes alive by winning first-round playoff games Friday. Two other local teams, Fountain Valley and Brethren Christian, both were eight minutes away from advancing from their openers but each, instead, dropped their game on late touchdowns.

Edison and Huntington are in the Southwest Division quarterfinal round, and both will play their second-round games Friday. The Chargers are on the road to take on Villa Park, while the Oilers are home to face San Juan Hills.

FRIDAY

San Juan Hills (10-1) vs. Huntington Beach (6-5)

(7:30 p.m., Huntington Beach High)

Following a stirring victory on the road, Huntington returns to the friendly confines of Cap Shue Field to take on San Juan Hills in a Southwest Division quarterfinal game.

The Oilers did something no team had yet done this season — defeat Yorba Linda. They did it on the Mustangs' home turf, too, and came away with a 31-14 first-round triumph.

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Coach Eric Lo called it a "great win."

"We are playing really well right now," said Lo, who is taking Huntington to the quarterfinal round for a third consecutive year, for the fourth time in five years, and has put the Oilers in the playoffs in five of his seven years as head coach. "Our guys were ready to play from the opening kickoff. We forced some turnovers and our offense took advantage of a short field."

By the midway point of the first quarter, Huntington, an at-large entry to the playoffs, owned a 17-0 lead. At halftime, the Oilers were in command, leading, 24-0.

They increased the lead to 31-0 early in the third quarter, before Yorba Linda (10-1) got on the scoreboard twice before the quarter was over.

The Mustangs, the No. 2 seed, were the only undefeated team in the division heading into the playoffs.

"With the exception of their two [scoring] drives in the third quarter, I thought we played great defense all game," Lo said. "We went up, 31-0, in the third quarter, and started to go into clock management.

"Yorba Linda's a very, very good team and we got a big win on the road."

The senior tandem of quarterback Kai Ross and receiver Maurice Barber came up with a big game. Ross hit 11 of his 16 passes for 161 yards and four touchdowns. Six of his passes went to Barber, who accounted for 111 yards and three touchdowns.

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