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Oilers score big win

High School Football

Huntington Beach plays strong throughout to earn crucial Sunset League victory Friday.

October 21, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Coach Jeff Brinkley stood on the football field while his Newport Harbor High team walked back to the bus dejected.

He said his Sailors had played better teams than Huntington Beach and will play better teams in the future.

In the present, the Sailors dropped a crucial Sunset League game at Huntington Beach. Brinkley explained his team's 35-7 setback on Friday night.

"They were more motivated," Brinkley said of the Oilers. "They were more motivated than we were."

That might be hard to swallow for Newport Harbor fans.

But in a contest with CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoff implications, the opposing coach said he saw the same thing Brinkley did. What Newport Harbor lacked, the Oilers did not.

They were inspired from start to finish. The result was Huntington Beach's first victory against the Sailors in 20 years.

"This is the biggest win since I've been the head coach here," said Eric Lo, who's in his fifth year at Huntington Beach. "We're not taking [this game] that [it] was for third place [in league]. We've got bigger goals than that."

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Coaches in the league picked the Oilers to finish in third place, which most likely guarantees them the league's third and last playoff berth.

The Oilers (6-1, 2-0 in league) won their fifth straight game and they're atop the league standings with Edison. The Sailors (3-4, 1-1) share second place with defending league champion Los Alamitos.

Newport Harbor plays host to the Griffins next week. The way Brinkley sees it, the Sailors' backs are against the wall.

"We know now we got to win some games here consecutively to have a chance to get into the playoffs," Brinkley said.

The Sailors are going to have to find ways to move the ball if they want to return to the postseason for a third year in a row. Two first downs through three quarters will not beat anyone.

That is how many Newport Harbor produced before the start of the fourth quarter, when the Oilers led, 28-0.

Quarterback Michael Chislock had just thrown his second touchdown pass. The senior ran for two touchdowns earlier, and finished with 207 yards passing and 65 yards rushing.

Last year, when these two teams met, it was Cole Blower outshining Chislock. Blower's first varsity start at quarterback came in that game against Huntington Beach.

The senior's second outing against the Oilers wasn't as impressive.

On the game's opening drive, the Oilers hurried to the end zone. They covered 80 yards on 11 plays in less than four minutes.

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