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High School Football: Right down to the wire

Plenty of action, drama for final week of regular season in Sunset League.

November 06, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

It has come down to this: two nights of action will determine which prep football teams will win or tie for a league championship, and stay in the running for a CIF playoff berth.

The chase for the 2013 Sunset League title continues Thursday and ends Friday with the final three games of the league and regular season. Thursday in Long Beach, Fountain Valley takes on Los Alamitos in a game with big implications, both title-wise and postseason, alike. On Friday, Edison goes after no worse than a portion of the title when it faces Marina, and Huntington Beach gets the chance to improve its playoff chances when it plays host to a Newport Harbor team looking to take home the top prize.

In another Thursday game, playoff-bound Brethren Christian completes its regular season with a nonleague game against Firebaugh. Also Friday, Ocean View has one final shot at a possible postseason bid when it plays host to Orange.

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Thursday games

Fountain Valley (6-3) vs. Los Alamitos (8-1)

(7 p.m., Veterans Stadium)

The Barons, who have an outside shot at a share of the Sunset League championship, face a Los Alamitos squad that can win at least a share of the title with a win Friday.

Fountain Valley went to 2-2 in league after last week's 24-0 loss to rival Edison in the Battle for the Bell Game. Turnovers, and a strong Edison defense, denied the Barons who were shutout for the first time this year.

In order to move into a tie for the league title, Fountain Valley must win Thursday and also needs both Edison and Newport Harbor to lose their games Friday.

The Barons, who fell out of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division rankings following their loss to Edison, are very much alive in postseason consideration.

"We still have a lot to play for," Fountain Valley Coach Ray Fenton said after the Edison game. "We still control our own destiny."

Los Alamitos, ranked third in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, has won three straight league games after an opening loss to Newport Harbor. Friday at Veterans Stadium, the Griffins (8-1) overcame a 14-0 deficit to Huntington Beach by scoring the game's final 21 points, to come away with a 21-14 victory. Quarterback Nick Wendell threw for 156 yards with a touchdown pass, and Damonte King scored on two short runs for the Griffins.

Firebaugh (3-6) vs. Brethren Christian (7-2)

(7 p.m., Ocean View High)

Brethren Christian closes out its regular season with a nonleague game against Lynwood Firebaugh.

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