IRVINE – Quarterback Noah Hickman scored all four touchdowns for Ocean View and Nathaniel Washington had 107 receiving yards and an interception for the game’s only turnover in the Seahawks’ 28-21 win over University on Thursday at University High.
Ocean View needed the victory to soothe its psyche. Last week, the Seahawks lost for the first time in 2017 and it was a tough one – 34-33 to Katella. It was their first close game after three wins of 15 points or more.
Playing in such a tight game, win or lose, seemed to have Ocean View prepared for the tough four quarters it got from University.
“Last week we had a very similar game” Ocean View coach Luis Nunez said, “and we were ready.”
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Washington said the Seahawks had an inspired week of practice.
“We had to redeem ourselves after last week,” Washington said. “We had to.”
Ocean View concluded the nonleague portion of its schedule with a 4-1 record. The Seahawks are ranked No. 7 in CIF-Southern Section Division 13.
University (4-1) plays its Pacific Coast League opener next Friday, Oct. 6, against Northwood at Portola High.
Ocean View plays its Golden West League opener Oct. 6 at Segerstrom.
Hickman’s fourth touchdown, a 5-yard run on which he dropped back before seeing the right half of the field unoccupied, provided the winning points with 5:57 to go in the fourth quarter. Those points also gave Ocean View its first and only lead of the game.
Washington, who finished with seven receptions, had two catches on that possession, both for first downs. The best of the two came on third down with 29 yards to go at the Ocean View 30-yard line. Washington jumped between two defenders for Hickman’s pass and out-wrestled the two Trojans for a 30-yard gain and a first down.
Earlier in the fourth quarter Washington made a…