McLawyer keeps Huntington Beach football running smoothly in win over Marina

  • Marina’s Brantt Riederich, right, is grabbed by the face mask by Huntington Beach’s Christian Moored, left, which resulted in a penalty for the Oilers at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach’s Isaac Bryant, right, just misses a long pass late in the second half against Marina High at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Huntington Beach’s Christian Moore flexes after scoring a touchdown at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach’s Arick McLawyer breaks free for a long run, but was knocked out of bounds at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Marina’s Pharaoh Rush looks for room to run against the Huntington Beach defense at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach’s Arick McLawyer scrambles in the first quarter against the Marina High defense at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • A fan attempts to fire up the faithful at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach’s Arick McLawyer is brought down after a gain by Marina’s defense at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Marina’s Brantt Riederich(CQ), right, takes the hand off from Jack Miller, left, on a running play against Huntington Beach at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach faithful rally the student body before their game against Marina High at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Huntington Beach mascot leads a cheer during their team’s game at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach Cheerleaders practice before the start of the game between Marina and Huntington Beach at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach’s Arick McLawyer breaks into open field during a long gain against his team’s opponent Marina High at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Marina’s Brantt Riederich, center, is brought down after a short gain at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach’s Jeremiah Flanagan catches the first touchdown pass of the evening against Marina High at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach’s Arick McLawyer, left, breaks into Marina’s secondary at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Marina’s Pharaoh Rush is brought down by Huntington Beach’s Tyler Van Leeuwin at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Huntington Beach band gets into a cheer as they show support for their team at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach’s Brandon Ferrin, right, is tripped up as Marina’s Joseph Kelso looks on at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Huntington Beach Oilers football team crashes through the banner as they are cheered on by the band and cheer squad members at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Huntington Beach Color Guard practices before the game against Marina High at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach Cheerleaders practice maneuvers before the start of the football game at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Huntington Beach trumpeter plays during the National Anthem at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Helmets foretell the coming clash between Marina High and Huntington Beach High at Huntington Beach High on Friday Sept 14, 2018. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

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HUNTINGTON BEACH – No matter who is taking the snaps at quarterback for Huntington Beach’s football team, the Oilers always have Arick McLawyer to fall back on.

The senior running took the pressure off quarterback Brandon Cannella, who is filling in for injured starting quarterback Brady Gardner, and rushed for 192 yards on 23 carries to lead Huntington Beach to a 32-7 victory over Marina on Friday night at Huntington Beach High.

The victory meant the Oilers can keep the Victory Trophy, which goes to the winner of this city rivalry. Huntington Beach (4-1) has had the trophy since 2009.

Cannella, filling in for the second week in a row after Gardner hurt his knee, completed eight passes on 19 attempts, but found his receivers for big yardage. The junior threw for 189 yards with four touchdowns, two of those TDs going to Jeremiah Flanagan, who caught four passes for 89 yards.

“My offensive line was the key to this victory,” Cannella said. “They were perfect tonight and gave me all the time that I needed to make my throws. The level that Arick plays, helped out a lot. He’s an amazing player. He took a lot of pressure off me. It makes me feel a lot more comfortable back there.”

Marina (2-3) could not match the Oilers’ 1-2 punch on offense. Quarterback Jack Miller completed 11 of 20 passes for 89 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to John Robinson. Running back Pharoah Rush ran for 89 yards on 14 carries for the Vikings.

Despite 90 yards in penalties, the Oilers defense kept Marina off the scoreboard. Jake Graham led Huntington Beach with eight tackles and a sack. Josh Gosney ended the night with five tackles and 2 1/2 sacks. He shared a sack with Anthony Antolin for a safety in the fourth quarter.

Isaac Bryant caught two passes for 53 yards and a touchdown and Christian Moore caught a 15-yard touchdown pass as Cannella made a smooth transition into the lineup for Huntington Beach.

“Brandon is the new quarterback right now, but he kept his composure in the pocket,” McLawyer said. “He made sure he made all the reads. I don’t think the transition was that tough, and I feel my teammates can say the same thing. We run reps with Brandon all the time since the summer, so it was kind of like practice and going back on reps with him.”

Nathan O’Rourke led Marina with six tackles and a sack.

The Vikings take on El Modena on Friday Sept. 21 at Westminster.

Huntington Beach will have a bye next week open Sunset League play Friday, Sept. 28 against Newport Harbor, a 28-21 winner over Santa Monica on Friday.

“I know it’s a new staff,” Huntington Beach coach Brett Brown said of Newport Harbor. “They’re going to be different than they have been from the last several decades when coach (Jeff) Brinkley was there. We’ll start watching film tomorrow and get ready for next week.”

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