Introduction 2015: Nolan Thompson

The Huntington Beach (Calif.) 2015 receiver, Nolan Thompson, is hoping to follow in his father's footsteps...

Junior wide receiver Nolan Thompson (6-3, 182) stepped out on the field Friday night with the Huntington Beach (Calif.) Oilers as the clear underdogs in a CIF-SS semifinal game against defending CIF champs Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison.

Amidst their 5-7 record and their 48-6 loss to Edison earlier in the season, the Oilers were unphased and fought till the final seconds of the game, defeating the Chargers by a score of 28-21.

Thompson contributed to the win with several catches on the night to keep the offense going.

"Lately we've been playing a lot better so we've just had to keep going and getting better and really we just said that the same thing would not happen again. Were playing for our family, playing for Huntington," Thompson said with emotion in his voice.

Thompson's father, Danny, played for Huntington Beach in the 80's and went on to play tail back at UCLA. Thompson, who has hopes to follow in his father's footsteps, now adorns his no. 8 jersey, previously retired by the High School.

"It feels great to get the chance to wear my dads jersey and to continue to represent my families name," said Thompson.

The junior wide receiver showed speed off of the line and good hands that will continue to improve heading into his senior season.

With 47 catches on the year for around 500 yards, the junior is confident those numbers will rise as well.

"Since the beginning of this season I have definitely improved just all around. My hands have gotten better, and I just have become more of an athlete and have grown into my body," said Thompson.

So far, recruiting has been slow for the junior, but he has his eyes focused on a couple schools.

"I haven't really heard from anyone yet but I like Cal Poly and Boise State, some of the lower D-I's are where I'm looking at right now, but obviously UCLA is always the dream for me. It would mean a lot to me," said Thompson.

Defeating Edison (9-4) gave Huntington Beach its first victory over the Chargers since 1993, which is also the last time that Huntington Beach had made it to the CIF South championship game.

They will face Newport Harbor, Saturday, December 7th at Angels Stadium at 2 pm.

Thompson's focus for now is helping his team get their fifth win in a row and a CIF championship for the Oiler program.

"For now, my focus remains on just trying to get that ring and do our best, hopefully we can go all the way," said Thompson.

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