The Fountain Valley High Barons got a jump on the rest of the local schools by opening the 2010 prep football season Friday.
The Barons traveled to South Hualapai, Nevada, to take on the Faith Baptist Crusaders in a nonleague game, which was won in the final moments by the host team, 26-23. Crusaders quarterback Joe Portaro got 22 of his 296 passing yards (21 of 54) when he connected with Brett Lubbe for the winning touchdown with 23 seconds remaining in the game. It was the third touchdown pass thrown by Portaro.
The winning drive was set up by a Fountain Valley turnover.
The Barons rallied from deficits of 6-0 after one quarter, 12-10 at halftime and 19-10 in the third quarter, to take a 23-19 lead in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Josiah Fernandez and Montana Merhoff, who rushed for 161 yards and a pair of scores on 16 carries, both rushed for second-half touchdowns.