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Huntington Beach's Hunter Simmons is tackled by Marina's Cooper Malerstein during the first half of Friday's Sunset League game at Huntington Beach.

Determined Simmons leads Huntington Beach past Marina

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Huntington Beach’s Hunter Simmons ran for four touchdowns and the Oilers’ defense held Marina off the scoreboard in a 32-0 victory in both teams’ Sunset League opener at Huntington Beach High on Friday.

“This is really going to push us,” Simmons said. “We’ve had a hard schedule, and we’re going to come back on top and kill it in league.”

Following an interception by Alfonso Paez in the first quarter, Huntington Beach (3-3, 1-0) opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 31-yard field goal by Fletcher Wilson.

From there it was Simmons, Simmons and more Simmons.

After pinning Marina (1-5, 0-1) inside its own five-yard line, the Oilers took advantage of short field position as Simmons ran 20 yards for his first score of the night and a 10-0 lead.

Kobee Lagarde’s 80-yard pass to John Davis set up a 1-yard Simmons touchdown run on Huntington Beach’s next drive.

Paez pulled in a second interception with 46 seconds remaining in the half, and Simmons finished the drive with a 6-yard run for his third touchdown and a 24-0 halftime lead.

Late in a sloppy third quarter, Simmons ran 36 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game. Payton Marlow ran in the two-point conversion for a 32-0 lead.

Simmons carried the ball on 28 of the Oilers’ 54 plays for 280 yards rushing.

“Yes, I do,” Simmons said when asked if he liked his workload. “And I love running hard.”

On defense, Huntington Beach reeled in three interceptions and a fumble recovery and held Marina to 82 yards gained.

“We stopped the run and made a bunch of turnovers,” Oilers’ coach Eric Lo said. “So that’s good to see.”

The Oilers committed 15 penalties for 170 yards.


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