For Huntington Coach Eric Lo, the outcome was all that mattered, even though his Oilers could just about forget everything that happened between their two touchdowns.
"We got our first league win against a good team, and that's what counts in the end," said Lo whose program is back in the Sunset League for the first time in five years. "We scored on that first drive and I thought we'd keep on rolling. But we didn't, but that last drive was great."
After Fountain Valley had taken its first lead, 9-7, on a 35-yard field goal by sophomore Derek Huynen with 7:06 remaining in the game, Huntington took over at its own 20 after the Barons' outstanding kickoff specialist, Christian Rodriguez, sent another kick through the end zone for an automatic touchback. To the Oilers, who had scored only one touchdown in each of their two previous Sunset League games, both losses, the Fountain Valley end zone might have seemed more than 80 yards away.
"I was really impressed with our final drive," Lo said. "We lined up in different formations and caught Fountain Valley off guard, and John Mata had some huge catches to get us down field. I was proud of the way we came back after they had taken the lead."
It was Mata, a senior receiver, who caught a pass over the middle from Chislock for a 16-yard gain on a second-and-15 call to get Huntington out to its own 45. It was Mata again on the next play, too, his nine-yard catch putting the ball at the Fountain Valley 46. On second down from the 43, Mata took in a sideline pass for another nine-yard gain to the 34 and on first down from the 33, he and Chislock again hooked up over the middle, this time for a 17-yard gain to the 16.