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Marina ends its 19-game drought, beats Ocean View

STAFF WRITER

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Marina’s 19-game losing streak came to an end Friday, and with gusto.

The Vikings erupted for four third-quarter touchdowns on the road and routed Ocean View, 31-6, for their first win since the second week of 2013.

Senior Dominic Gonzalez, who had never started at quarterback, stepped in for the injured Anthony De La Torre and completed 15 of 27 passes for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Marina’s postgame celebration was half elation and half relief.

“This was big time, it gets this monkey off our back,” second-year coach Jeff Turley said. ``Now it’s back to work and start on win number two.

“That third quarter felt good because we know we were playing a good team,” Gonzalez said. Ocean View was playing its season opener and went 7-4 last season. “This feels great,” he continued. “We all hope there’s more to come.”

Marina (1-1) trailed 6-3 to start the second half but took the lead on the second play, Cooper Maierstein bursting through a hole at right tackle and going 71 yards for a score and 10-6 lead.

On the next possession, Gonzalez completed a slant to Noah Holmes, who went 58 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-6.

Marina’s Blaine Riederich finished a 60-yard drive moments later with a 6-yard TD run, the key plays a Gonzalez 14-yard screen to Riederich and a 19-yard run by Maierstein off a behind-the-back handoff.

After a short Marina punt and penalty, Gonzalez found Holmes again, this time from 22 yards out, to make it 31-6.

Rand Keidel kicked a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter for a 3-0 Marina lead.

Adel Holmes, who ran for 131 yards on the night for Ocean View, ended the only Seahawks scoring drive with a 5-yard run with 3:04 left in the first half. The PAT was missed and Ocean View (0-1) led 6-3 at the break.

Contact the writer: bkeisser@ocregister.com


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