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Fountain Valley upended in opener

High School Football

Barons fall to Foothill, 28-14, as turnovers plague them at Huntington Beach High Friday night.

August 25, 2012
(Kevin Chang | Daily…)

Coach John Shipp called it a "humbling experience" for his Fountain Valley High football team.

The Barons opened their season Friday against Foothill, played from behind all night and in the end, were doomed by costly mistakes that ultimately led to a 28-14 defeat at Huntington Beach High.

Fountain Valley's offense moved the ball all game but Foothill held the edge in execution, and in turnovers gained. The Knights came up with a fumble recovery in the first half to thwart a scoring drive by the Barons, and came up with a pair of interceptions in the final three minutes to secure the win.

Foothill didn't commit a turnover.

"Right now, we're not as good as we thought we would be," Shipp said. "We made too many mistakes and missed some plays. It was a battle of two offenses and their offense made more plays. They just executed better than we did, and the better team won tonight."

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Fountain Valley had pulled into a 14-14 tie three plays into the fourth quarter when quarterback Chris d'Entremont teamed with wide receiver Wyatt Christensen on a nine-yard touchdown pass. Christensen made the catch at the five-yard line, shook off a tackle attempt by Foothill safety Jarrell Moss, and lunged into the end zone. Derek Huynen's conversion tied the score with 11:46 to play.

Foothill responded by scoring the go-ahead touchdown on its next possession. A quick scoring march that took just over three minutes culminated when quarterback Jack Gilchrist hit Bobby Okereke with an 18-yard scoring pass with 8:12 to play.

With 2:55 remaining, d'Entremont was intercepted and two plays later, the Knights put the game away when Gilchrist scored on a two-yard keeper. On Fountain Valley's next possession, the Barons moved into Foothill territory but d'Entremont was intercepted at the two-yard line by the Knights' Jullian Moss.

"We moved the ball but we stopped ourselves on several occasions tonight," Shipp said. "We're there, but not all there right now. We have to learn from tonight, and I think our guys will."

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