The Newport-Mesa Seahawks Clinic football team (ages 9 through 10) scored another convincing victory over the Huntington Beach Oilers, 33-6, Saturday.
Quarterback Spencer Hook connected with Sachin Gokhale on two 25-yard touchdown passes, the first being completed with a stunning catch by Gokhale in the end zone.
Leading 14-0 at the start of the second half, HB squib kicked, which was picked up by Tahlal Benamed, who promptly ran over and around six tacklers and scored on a 50-yard run. After another fine defensive stand by the Seahawks, Hook reeled off a 75-yard touchdown run himself. The final Seahawk touchdown was courtesy of tailback Nick Meisenheimer, who cracked off a beautiful cutback run threw the middle of the field for a 35-yard score.
Hugo Aviles Jr., had another solid game at receiver, linebacker, and outstanding kickoffs. Simon Hall booted what appeared to be a 40-yard punt. Luke Fisher and Parker Susolik were again rock solid on defense. Parker Ruiz, Logan Rockwell and Brian Bailey, among others, were exceptional in the trenches. The entire team looked ready for the start of playoffs this Saturday at Sage Hill School.
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Pee Wee Seahawks end regular season 8-0
The Newport-Mesa Pee Wee White team, ended the regular season a perfect 8-0, with a 32-14 victory over the Huntington Beach Oilers.
On offense the Seahawks scored early. After a nice pass play from quarterback Chase Garbers to tight end Kobe Benter, tailback Anthony Battista carried the ball for a touchdown. Wingback Adam Freeman added a second score with a 50-yard sprint to the end zone.
To open the second half, Battista ran the kickoff back 70 yards to open up a big lead. For the last touchdown of the day, Sutton Barbato carried the ball 25 yards. Kicker Carson Poivre added three more to the point total with a 23-yard field goal. Stephen Menzia and Jonathon White also carried the ball racking up yardage.
On defense, linebacker Jack Genova forced a fumble and Barabato made the recovery. Lineman Mitch Haly recovered another fumble and safety Rich Vanis made several tough tackles. Blake Kormos, Connor Brazeel, Will Gehl, Will Karambelas and Jake Jones kept the Oilers running backs from making any big gains on the ground. Poivre, a cornerback, made two interceptions, running one back to the two-yard line and setting up a Seahawk score.
On special teams, Kormos and Poivre both kicked two-point conversions, and Freeman on a fake kick after the touchdown, rolled out and threw a pass to Battista.
After an unbeatened regular season, the Pee Wees look forward to continued success in the playoffs.
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Pee Wee Blue ends strong
The Newport-Mesa Pee Wee Seahawks Blue team came close to winning its last regular season game against the Chiefs from Orange, losing, 35-26.
William Hunter made two spectacular touchdown catches of 45 and 18 yards. Jason Simaan took a flea-flicker toss and then lobbed a 27-yard pass to Noah Linkon for a touchdown. Running back Nick Yi had multiple carries for gains and Vik Ghadi had three first-down catches.
On defense, Brandon Fryer, Conner Bass, Max Duncan and Max Peterson made great stops, while Riad Benahmed recovered a fumble near the goal line.
Offensive linemen Jack Beeker, Nikolas DeKeyzer, Michael Brown and Garrett Cleary gave quarterback Stephen Von Der Ahe time to complete 14 of 23 passes for 208 yards and one rushing touchdown.
"I am so proud of what our boys have learned and accomplished during the year," said head coach Toney Naranjo.
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