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League, playoff hopes at stake

High School Football

As the regular season gets closer to the finish line, locals are battling for league championships and possible playoff berths.

November 02, 2011|By Mike Sciacca
  • Chris d'Entremont (2) will try to help Fountain Valley to its first victory against archrival Edison in six years.
Chris d'Entremont (2) will try to help Fountain… (Steven Georges,…)

The fate of several local teams hangs in the balance as the prep football season winds down.

Teams are fighting for league championships and playoff berths and to top it off, two archrivals square off in their intense rivalry.

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Thursday's game

Newport Harbor (4-4, 2-1) vs. Marina (1-6-1, 0-3), 7 p.m., Westminster High: The Vikings face a Newport Harbor team that hit its stride last week to stay in the Sunset League race.

Marina staged a second-half rally last week but fell short in a 24-20 loss to Fountain Valley, a game in which quarterback Deshon Champion ran for the Vikings' first two scores and Alex Waked rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown. Waked also had an interception on defense.

Newport Harbor bounced back from a 35-7 Oct. 21 loss to Huntington Beach to surprise Los Alamitos, 35-21, last week. Running back Titus Hasson ran roughshod over the Griffins, gaining 256 yards on 35 carries. Hasson rushed for a score and took in a touchdown pass from quarterback Cole Blower, who passed for 133 yards and two touchdowns

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Friday's games

Fountain Valley (4-4, 1-2) vs. Edison (6-2, 3-0), 7 p.m., Orange Coast College: One of Orange County's top rivalries will again draw a standing-room-only crowd at LeBard Stadium.

Fountain Valley and Edison meet for the 42nd time in the Bell Game, which which Chargers lead, 26-14-1.

"The Bell's been gone from here for six years now, and we want to get it back," Fountain Valley Coach John Shipp said. "More important for us is that a possible playoff berth is on the line.

"This game is never short of energy and excitement and the intensity and tempo always is high. We needed a win last week against Marina and we got it, and this is a good way to be heading into the Edison game.

Fountain Valley notched its first Sunset League victory last week by holding off Marina, 24-20. Quarterback Chris d'Entremont had a season-high 221 passing yards and threw two touchdown passes to Wyatt Christensen and one to Sean Meyers, who had 121 receiving yards.

Not only is Edison playing to keep the Bell, but a bigger prize awaits the Chargers should they emerge victorious: a share of the Sunset League championship.

"It's always big when you play the Barons and this game takes on even greater importance because we can clinch a share of the league title," Edison Coach Dave White said. "We're fortunate to be where we are after three weeks, because it's tough to go 5-0 in this league."

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