Heading into the eighth game of the season, local prep football teams have plenty to play for: league championships are still up for grabs, and CIF playoff berths also are on the line.
For Marina and Huntington Beach, there's plenty more incentive when the Vikings and Oilers clash Friday.
Awaiting the winner of this Sunset League matchup between cross-town rivals, is the Victory Trophy, which both programs covet. The trophy has resided on the Huntington campus for the past four years.
The Marina-Huntington Beach rivalry dates to 1965.
The trophy will be on site Friday at Huntington's Cap Sheue Field when the teams kick off at 7 p.m.
"These programs have been playing each other a long time," said Coach Eric Lo who will lead his eighth Huntington team into the rivalry game. "The guys know each other and are excited for the game. I know our guys are excited to play Friday."
So are the Marina Vikings
"The city game is always exciting and fun," Marina Coach George Pascoe said. "The best team doesn't always win. Expect the unexpected."
Huntington and Marina both will attempt to bounce back from league losses last week.
The Oilers fell behind Fountain Valley, 16-0, staged a fourth-quarter rally but fell short in a 19-14 setback. Sophomore Travis Heer and senior quarterback Kai Ross both rushed for touchdowns for the Oilers who fell to 0-2 in league and 3-4 overall.
Marina also dropped to 0-2 in league (1-6 overall) after a 54-7 loss last week to Los Alamitos. Senior quarterback Daylan Harmeyer threw for 151 yards with a touchdown pass to senior receiver Scott Phillips.
"Both teams know what's a stake Friday," Lo said. "Our sole focus is on this game and we need a win to stay in the league race.
Los Alamitos (6-1) vs. Edison (5-2)
(7 p.m., Huntington Beach High)
This one traditionally has Sunset League title implications, and this year's Griffins-Chargers matchup at Cap Sheue Field, is no different.
Edison is tied for first place with Fountain Valley, while Los Alamitos and Newport Harbor are one game behind the co-league leaders.
The Chargers are ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division. The Griffins are ranked No. 5.
Los Alamitos is playing its seventh-straight road game of the season.