Ever since Luis Nunez took over as coach of the Ocean View High football team, developing a winning culture has been at the forefront. Six years in, the program is beginning to reap the benefits of this mentality.
Ocean View defeated Garden Grove Santiago 35-20 in a nonleague game at Garden Grove High on Thursday night to improve to 3-0, the best start in school history. The victory also marked the Seahawks’ second consecutive win amid a five-game road stretch.
“When I took over, we were trying to build a winning culture,” Nunez said. “There has never really been a winning culture in Ocean View history. That’s something I’ve been preaching from my first group until now. Let’s start a tradition, let’s be great. I’m very proud of them. We faced adversity for the first time this season and responded.”
Ocean View sophomore Uriel Polo took the opening kick back 30 yards to the opponent’s 45-yard-line, setting the stage for junior quarterback Noah Hickman to launch his assault on the Santiago defense.
Six plays later, Hickman delivered the first display of his playmaking prowess — an untouched 32-yard scamper for the first score of the game. The touchdown run came on a zone read, a play that gave Santiago trouble throughout the evening as Hickman rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone.
Santiago (1-2) answered back immediately, with workhorse back Dylan Ourng exploding through the middle of the Ocean View defense for a 70-yard touchdown run on the Cavaliers’ first offensive play from scrimmage.
Less than a minute later however, Hickman took another expertly executed zone read 34 yards to the house. The Cavaliers got a hand on the elusive signal-caller this time, but Hickman hit the lone defender in his way with a stiff arm near the goal line before spinning away for six.
“They kept crashing inside and giving me the outside,” Hickman said. “I just kept taking what they gave…