HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA- In an electrifying Thursday night showdown under the lights at Cap Sheue Field, the Huntington Beach Oilers triumphed over their arch-rivals, the Marina Vikings, in the highly anticipated annual Battle of the Victory Trophy.
The Oilers wasted no time making their presence felt on the gridiron. Quarterback Brady Edmunds connected with the dynamic Musashi Ray on the opening drive, setting the stage for Tyler Young’s impressive 5-yard rushing touchdown, putting Huntington Beach up 7-0.
As the game progressed into the early moments of the second quarter, the Oilers advanced into the red zone but settled for a 33-yard field goal courtesy of Mattheo Zavala. However, the real story of the night was the stellar performance of the Oilers’ defense in the first three quarters.
Zack James became a defensive hero, intercepting a pass and returning it for a thrilling pick-six, extending the Oilers’ lead to 17-0. Marina Vikings fought back with a 4-yard touchdown of their own, but the Oilers’ offense was far from done. Edmunds continued to impress, connecting with Musashi Ray and Hunter Gray on consecutive drives for two explosive 40+ yard touchdown passes.
Heading into the second half, the Huntington Beach defense remained relentless. Brandon Soleau added to the defensive fireworks with a remarkable scoop and score fumble recovery touchdown, propelling the Oilers to a commanding 39-6 lead. Marina Vikings mounted a late comeback attempt, adding 7 more points, but it was too little, too late.
Musashi Ray then sealed the deal for the Oilers with an electrifying 88-yard kickoff return touchdown. Marina did manage to secure one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, but time ran out, and the Victory Trophy remained firmly in the hands of Huntington Beach.
With this thrilling victory, the Huntington Beach Oilers look ahead to a well-deserved bye week before gearing up for Sunset League play. Their next challenge awaits on September 29th at Davidson Field, where they’ll face the formidable Newport Harbor Sailors at 7 pm. Huntington Beach continues to assert its dominance on Main Street, proudly hoisting the Victory Trophy for yet another year.