Barons drop league opener

Los Alamitos too much for Fountain Valley, as Griffins score 24-7 win.

October 15, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,

HUNTINGTON BEACH — To say that Friday's Sunset League football opener between Los Alamitos and Fountain Valley was a tale of two halves would be an understatement.

Host Fountain Valley held the edge in the first half, much to the delight of its homecoming crowd at Huntington Beach High's Cap Sheue Field.

Los Alamitos, stagnant the first 24 minutes of the game, exploded in the second half.

That turnaround by the Griffins propelled them to a 24-7 victory.

"We played so well in the first half but it was a completely different game in the second half," Fountain Valley Coach John Shipp said after his Barons fell to 2-3-1 overall. "We held them down in that first half but they, obviously, made some adjustments at halftime and turned it around."


Los Alamitos, which snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 4-2 overall, changed the course of the game in a quick span of the third quarter to wipe out a 7-3 halftime deficit.

The Griffins managed a paltry 53 yards of offense in the opening half. If it weren't for a 71-yard punt return by Cody Paul midway through the first quarter that led to a 22-yard field goal by Dan Boyer, Los Al might not have scored in the half.

But in the second half, the Griffins stunned the Barons.

On the second play of the third quarter, senior receiver Richard Turner took a reverse 33 yards out to the Fountain Valley 47-yard line. On the next play, Paul, a junior running back, went straight up the middle for a 47-yard touchdown run to cap an 80-yard drive just 36 seconds into the half. On the Griffins' next possession, Turner took a second-down handoff on a sweep left and outran the Fountain Valley pursuit to score on an 87-yard run. The two-play drive increased the lead to 17-7.

On the Griffins' third series of the quarter, they went 55 yards in eight plays to score again. Turner got his second touchdown of the night on an 11-yard run.

Los Al had a 24-7 lead with 1:42 left in the third quarter, a 12-minute span where they racked up 223 yards and three touchdowns.

What ignited the Griffins? Los Al Coach John Barnes claimed he said nothing special during his halftime talk.

There was no tirade.

"I really didn't say anything," he said. "Nothing, really. All we said was that we came here to win and that's about it."

Paul also ripped off a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter but the score was negated by a holding call against the Griffins.

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