HAMPDEN — After the Oceanside football team came two points shy of remaining unbeaten on the young high school gridiron season a week prior, the Mariners were back to their high-scoring — and winning — ways on the road on Friday night, Sept. 23 against host Hampden Academy.

The game was tied in the second quarter, but the the Mariners — aided largely by its potent offensive attack — sailed away from the Broncos and emerged with a 38-12 win.

The game was 6-6 in the early stages of the second quarter as Oceanside coach Sam Weiss said “we started slow and ended slow,” but the Mariners (3-1) took a 26-6 halftime advantage and were on cruise control in the second half.

Cohen Galley finished 6-of-16 under center for 102 yards and two touchdown passes, while he also rushed for one score and a two-point conversion. Galley also rushed for 77 yards on 10 carries in the win.

Galley tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Zeb Foster and 53-yard scoring strike to Gavin Ripley, while Robert Blair hauled in two passes for 32 yards for Oceanside.

While Galley directed the offense, much of the output again went through running back Aiden Sergent, who racked up an eye-popping 217 yards on 32 carries and found the end zone three times for the Mariners.

“We have a tendency to start slow,” said Weiss. “However, we really turn it on once the field flips. The goal is 40-plus points every week and we are almost there. The biggest improvement for us was on defense. Our linebackers really stepped up and read well. Hale [Morris], Gavin [Ripley], Cohen [Galley] and subbing in and out Duncan [Natale] played phenomenal.”

Through four games, the Mariners have outscored opponents 188-105, while Sergent has racked up 857 yards on the ground and an astounding 15 TDs to lead the Oceanside offensive attack.

The Mariner defense was keyed by Sergent (3 assisted tackles), Nate Thompson (solo tackle, 3 assists), Galley (3 solos, 4 assists, interception), Blair (solo, assist), Morris (8 solos, 2 assists), Ben Tripp (2 solos, 3 assists), Maddox Robishaw (2 solos, 2 assists), Ripley (3 solos, assist), Foster (2 solos, 2 assists, interception), Brady Proctor (solo, assist), Jack Elwell (2 solos, 3 assists) and Duncan Natale (2 solos).

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