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Simonsen dazzles Barons

High School Football

September 30, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Both Fountain Valley and Trabuco Hills hobbled into Friday's nonleague football game missing key components to their respective offenses.

Each team has been without its starting senior quarterback the last two weeks, the Barons missing Kai Fernandez and the Mustangs, Jonathan Newsom. To compensate, the Mustangs relied heavily on the legs of senior running back Mitchell Simonsen.

The word "workhorse" certainly applied to Simonsen at Huntington Beach High's Sheue Stadium. He was the Trabuco Hills offense most of the way and his steady ground game helped the Mustangs power their way to a 28-7 victory in Fountain Valley/s homecoming game. Simonsen rolled up 221 yards as the Mustangs concluded nonleague play with a 4-1 record.

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"We knew they'd come out running and he's a great back," Fountain Valley Coach John Shipp said of Simonsen. "He had some big runs and really helped them control the ball.

"We got off to a good start but we couldn't do much after that."

Fountain Valley, which wrapped up its nonleague schedule at 3-2 and had a two-game win streak snapped, had great field position after Trabuco Hills went three and out on its first possession and Tobias Dates' punt sailed off the side of his foot and out of bounds for a paltry, four-yard net at the Mustangs 33-yard line.

The Barons made quick work of the short field when running back Chris Calvillo slipped out of the backfield and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Chris d'Entremont in the corner of the end zone. Derek Huynen's conversion put the Barons up, 7-0, at 7:24 of the first quarter.

After that, Fountain Valley never sustained a serious offensive drive. The closest the Barons came to scoring came late in the game when Huynen was just short on a 57-yard field goal attempt with 7:53 to play. Trabuco Hills, namely Simonsen, took control after falling behind.

"We didn't start off well but I give our guys credit because we held them in check after giving up that early score," Trabuco Hills Coach Scott Orloff said. "Last year, we couldn't beat a Pac-5 (Division) team. This year, we've won three of four against those teams. This was a real good win for us and our guys are ready for South Coast League play."

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