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Huntington Beach offense delivers when it counts
HUNTINGTON BEACH - For a majority of Friday night’s game against Fountain Valley, the Huntington Beach offense proved to be inconsistent and erratic.
But in one play, Oilers wide receiver Marco Valenzuela erased all those bad memories.
Huntington Beach trailed by four points when Valenzuela caught a pass from quarterback Kai Ross and raced 66 yards to score the winning touchdown with 2:35 to play as the Oilers emerged with a 13-10 come-from-behind victory over Fountain Valley in a Sunset League game at Huntington Beach High.
“I knew I had to make a play for our team on the final drive,” Valenzuela said. “We knew this was going to be a fight, and it turned out to be a good brawl.
“But we were in our house and wanted to prove that we were the better team.”
Trailing 10-6 with under five minutes remaining in the game, the Oilers (3-3, 1-0) got possession at their 16-yard line. It took the offense two minutes to travel 18 yards to get to its 34.
“Their defense was playing a lot of man, with one safety in coverage,” Huntington Beach coach Eric Lo said.
“We were trying to get the ball to the outside, but their safety rolled and we were able to hit our inside receiver on a slip route.”
Ross’ pass to Valenzuela was just his fifth completion of the game, and before the 66-yard completion, the junior quarterback had just 32 yards passing.
“The offense struggled in the first half, and we just couldn’t convert anything,” Lo said. “But they came up big when it counted.”
The Barons (3-3, 0-1) got the ball back with 2:30 remaining and had 73 yards to drive for the winning score.
Chris D’entremont and the offense were unable to muster a single yard, as the Oilers constantly pressured the senior quarterback.
“We played hard in the second half, and we benefited from big plays,” Lo said. “Defensively, we played great all game.”
After completing 15 of 23 passes in the first three quarters, D’entremont went 1-for-7 passing for 7 yards in the fourth quarter with an interception.