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High School Football: Barons' rally falls short

Fountain nearly comes back, but loses to Trabuco Hills, 24-17.

September 14, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Ray Fenton preached to his Fountain Valley High football team the value of lessons learned late Friday.

The first-year coach of the Barons urged his players to take his postgame words to heart, hoping that they would draw upon their experience, although tough to do so just coming off a close defeat, to make progress in the coming weeks.

Fountain Valley and Trabuco Hills were locked in a nonleague battle at Huntington Beach High's Cap Sheue Field that wasn't decided until the final minute. The Barons were on the march looking to catch Trabuco late in the fourth quarter, but a fumble in Mustangs territory ended any comeback hope.

In a meeting between teams that both entered the game 2-0, it was the visiting Mustangs who remained undefeated by holding on for a 24-17 victory.

Fountain Valley had battled back from deficits of 14-3 and 17-10 to pull even with the Mustangs through three quarters. The Barons trailed, 24-17, with 7:40 left in the game after Trabuco quarterback Tommy Kelley and receiver Jacob Breeland hooked up on a 57-yard scoring pass on a third-and-12 play. They responded by marching from their own 25-yard line down to the Trabuco 26.

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The drive was kept alive when quarterback Scott Schultz faked an inside handoff and took off around right end for a five-yard gain on fourth-and-inches. Two plays later, though, a late pitch from Schultz intended to reach running back Isaiah Davis was low and hit the ground. Trabuco defensive end Daniel Ahrenholtz scooped up the loose ball at the 30 and raced 70 yards for an apparent defensive touchdown.

The score was wiped away by an illegal block call against the Mustangs who still retained possession at their own 38 with 4:21 remaining.

The Barons would get the ball back one last time and started on their own 20 with 2:08 on the clock and one time out left, but turned the ball back over on downs with 55 seconds left.

"That's an outstanding football team," Fenton said, nodding toward the Trabuco Hills players huddled near midfield after the game. "You don't like to lose, but I thought we grew tonight as a team. We learned that we can play with them. I thought there were more positives than negatives tonight for us."

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