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Fountain Valley rolls to 24-10 win

High School Football

Barons build 24-0 lead and hold on for nonleague victory over Downey.

September 15, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH — The way things were going for Fountain Valley during the first half of Friday's nonleague football game against Downey, all signs pointed to a runaway victory for the Barons.

The Barons bolted to an early lead and had a shutout going midway through the third quarter but somehow, had to fend off a late charge by the Vikings to come away with a 24-10 victory at Huntington Beach High's Sheue Field.

Fountain Valley executed on offense in the opening half, but never really got things going in the second half. Penalties hurt the Barons who almost allowed Downey to climb back into contention.

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"It was a tale of two halves," said Fountain Valley Coach John Shipp whose Barons won their third straight following a season-opening loss to Foothill. "We did not play well, at all, offensively, in the second half. Our defense stepped up all game, and we were able to hold them off at the end. Credit Downey, too. They never gave up after falling behind like that."

Fountain Valley (3-1) built a 24-0 lead on the Vikings (2-2) when quarterback Chris d'Entremont hit receiver Jason Baker with a 13-yard touchdown pass with 6:07 left in the third quarter. The Barons appeared in cruise control at that point, but the Vikings came right back.

Thernen Moore returned the ensuing kickoff 72 yards before being hauled down at the Fountain Valley 25-yard line. Four plays later, running back Brandon Davis walked into the end zone from four yards out, to make it 24-7. Fountain Valley's Isaiah Davis then ran the following kickoff back 99 yards for an apparent touchdown, but the runback was negated by a holding call against the Barons.

Downey got the ball back two minutes later and pulled to within 24-10 with 26 seconds left in the quarter on a 41-yard field goal by Mario Galvin. The Vikings had a golden opportunity to further cut into the deficit when Jeremy Villa recovered a fumble by d'Entremont at the Fountain Valley 30 just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter. The Vikings, however, moved backward. A false start, illegal block, and offensive pass interference calls, took the ball back to the 49, and the possession ended with 9:52 remaining.

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