For the second year in a row, Marina and Ocean View highs will square off during the first full weekend of prep football in September.
The neighboring schools, once Sunset League foes, revived a one-time rivalry last fall and will continue the series when the Vikings and Seahawks tangle at 7 p.m. Friday at Ocean View High, site of last year's game.
Although this year's meeting again is at Ocean View, Marina is the designated home team. And, just like last year, Ocean View will face Marina in its season opener, while the Vikings will be playing their second contest of the season.
Ocean View Coach Luis Nunez said his squad is ready to see action.
"It's been a long three weeks for our kids and they are gnawing at the bit," Nunez said.
"We've worked extremely hard since January as last year (a 1-9 season) left a bitter feeling.
"Our offensive and defensive lines will be the biggest factor going into Friday's game. I believe our skill positions are much improved from last year, and if we can dominate upfront, I feel confident we can do some nice things Friday."
Nunez had six offensive and six defensive starters returning from last year. Junior Blake Myer returns at quarterback and all-Golden West League receivers Tyler Clay and Hector Calderon also are back.
Marina started its season and the Jeff Turley era last Friday against Aliso Niguel.
The Vikings stayed with the visiting Wolverines through the first half, but the third quarter was their undoing in an eventual 45-28 loss at Westminster High.
Senior Nolan Winks turned in a big performance for Marina. The senior rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 15, 1 and 15 yards, and threw for 305 yards.
Sophomore tailback Cooper Malerstein scored on a 28-yard run and junior receiver Javier Sanchez had four receptions for 115 yards.
The game marked the head coaching debut for Turley at Marina.
The Vikings led once, 7-6, and trailed, 18-14, at halftime, but were outscored, 20-0, in the third quarter.
"This wasn't what I expected," Turley said after the game. "I felt that we were a little more prepared for the game than the way we performed. I thought Nolan (Winks) played a great game.
"Our biggest challenge is to change the perception of the game for our kids, that mental challenge of them needing to learn how to win. As a defensive guy, this (45) is too many points to give up. But I loved our fight. Our guys just kept fighting right till the end."
Nunez said he was impressed with Winks' performance.
"Nolan Wink is a dual-threat quarterback that we must account for," he said. "He's a good-sized kid who can give us some problems."
Last year's Marina-Ocean View matchup was the first between the schools since the 1993 season, the last year that Ocean View was part of the Sunset League.
The Vikings took last year's game, 33-14.