Varsity football defeats Ocean View


Margaret Lee, Copy and coverage EIC

Varsity football defeated Ocean View High School 30-0 in the homecoming game Friday, Sept. 16.

During the first quarter, wide receiver senior Dorian Hall scored a touchdown which was followed by a point after touchdown (PAT) by kicker senior Michael Vatkin. In the second quarter, Ocean View increased their defense but Hall was able to push through once again and score another touchdown for the Mustangs. Vatkin scored another PAT making the score 14-0 at halftime. 

“Once we took a comfortable lead in the first half, we knew we were going to win but we still knew that we couldn’t let our guard down,” offensive lineman  senior Christian Cordova said.

Ocean View tried to pressure Walnut with defense again in the third quarter but to no avail. Senior Phil Cotton was able to score a touchdown and Vatkin followed through with another PAT. During the last two minutes of the third quarter, Hall was able to score yet another touchdown to make the score 27-0. 

“Scoring 3 touchdowns in my last homecoming game is going to be very memorable,” Hall said. “We felt good going into the game and we felt even better coming out of it winning thirty to nothing.”

The Mustangs solidified their win in the fourth quarter as Vatkin was able to score a field goal, rounding out the score to 30-0. 

“Tonight, everyone did their job well and overall, everyone played really well. I couldn’t have asked for a better final homecoming game for my high school career,” Hall said.

The team continues to practice rigorously for 3.5 hours each day, Monday through Saturday, in preparation for their upcoming away game against Montclair High School on Friday, Sept. 23.

Editor’s note: The Hoofprint apologizes for imprecisely referring to senior Phil Cotton as “(whoever number 11 is).” The Hoofprint regrets the error.