High School Football: Oilers dominate in quarterfinal win

Huntington Beach hot against San Juan Hills and scores 42-12 home victory.

November 23, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

Talk about peaking at the right time.

Huntington Beach High won half of its games during the 10-game 2013 prep football season and after finishing behind four rivals in the Sunset League standings, the Oilers needed to land an at-large berth just to get into the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs.

They were awarded that bid, and in the past two weeks, have gone out and made the utmost of their opportunity.

For the second consecutive week in the postseason, Huntington jumped all over its opponent early on and the end result, once again, was a one-sided victory. This time, Friday's 42-12 romp past visiting San Juan Hills put Huntington in a rare spot: the playoff semifinals.

The Oilers, 7-5, will face a familiar foe in the semifinal round: Sunset League rival Edison. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. next Friday at Orange Coast College.


The winner of that game will play for the Southwest Division championship Dec. 7 at Anaheim Stadium.

Edison, the defending champion in the division, moved on to the semifinals by shutting down host Villa Park, 10-0, Friday.

Huntington had reached Friday's quarterfinal game against Sea View League champion San Juan Hills by going on the road last week to knock off previously undefeated and No. 2-seeded Yorba Linda, 31-14.

In a two-week span of the playoffs, the Oilers have defeated teams that were 10-0, and 10-1.

Yes, this looks like a new Huntington team. But, the Oilers might have left a clue as to what could be, when, in their regular season finale Nov. 8, they whipped Newport Harbor, 40-14, to deny the Sailors a share of the Sunset League championship.

"It's just a different vibe we've had at practice the past few weeks," said two-way Huntington starter, senior Sean Mastro, after the win. "Ever since the Fountain Valley game, we kind of came together. We're excited to be playing. We're hitting our stride these past few weeks."

In last week's 31-14 win at Yorba Linda, the Oilers pounced on the Mustangs in the first quarter, taking a 17-0 lead. They led, 31-0, in the third quarter to win going away.

The scenario for the Oilers was much the same Friday at Cap Sheue Field. They led, 21-0, with four minutes still to play in the opening quarter, and were in complete command by the half, leading, 34-0.

They went up, 42-0, late in the third quarter, and still leading by the same score heading into the fourth quarter, the game turned to a running clock.

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