The scheduled opener for Ocean View High’s football team was a Zero Week meeting with Brethren Christian.
Once the news broke that Brethren Christian would be unable to field an 11-man football roster for the fall, a series of events were set in motion.
Warriors coach Pat McInally called it a career, and many of the school’s players explored other options. The fallout allowed the Seahawks to fill one of their most pressing needs on the football field, as Noah Hickman enrolled at Ocean View in the spring.
Hickman, who was the signal-caller for the JV team at Brethren Christian, goes into the season as the lead quarterback on the depth chart for the Seahawks.
“He had a great spring,” Ocean View coach Luis Nunez said. “Great summer of 7-of-7 throwing the football. He has some nice touch. He’s got weapons. For him, it’s just about giving his receivers a chance.”
“He’s a lot better than we had before he got here. You can say it’s a blessing, a relief that he transferred here.”
Skeptics will point out that Ocean View enters the season without a single player that has seen a varsity snap under center, but there are ways of easing the learning curve. The Seahawks have a pair of towering receivers in Adam Meyer and Nathaniel Washington.
“When you have 6-foot-5 Adam Meyer and 6-foot-4 Nathaniel Washington, it’s just a matter of putting the ball somewhere they can get it,” Nunez said. “(Hickman) does a nice job of that.”
Meyer has received an offer to play football collegiately from the University of San Diego. He projects as a tight end at the next level.
Ocean View has added a nonleague contest in Week 5 against Irvine University High. Both teams had scheduled games against Brethren Christian this fall.
With their Zero Week game out of the picture, all team activities were pushed back a week. Thursday marked the first time that the Seahawks had practiced in pads.