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High School Football: Teams finish strong

Edison, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach close out regular season with important victories.

November 13, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

A championship was won, and playoff berths secured, on the final night of prep football's regular season.

Edison enjoyed a best-case scenario and benefited from a big night Nov. 7 for rival Fountain Valley, and the following night, for rival Huntington Beach.

The Barons went to Veterans Stadium in Long Beach to take on a Los Alamitos squad having designs on no worse than a share for the Sunset League title. Those designs were put on the heap, as the Barons led from start to finish in a 10-7 victory.

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The Oilers last Friday played host to a third team, Newport Harbor, that had entered the week with a chance to claim at least a portion of the Sunset title. The Oilers gave the visiting Sailors no chance, winning the league finale, 40-14.

That same night Friday, Edison took care of its business, by taking care of Marina, 49-15.

The two-night results left defending champ Edison as sole possessor of the Sunset League championship.

Fountain Valley (7-3, 3-2 in league) started the final week of the league season by stunning Los Alamitos (8-2, 3-2). The Barons took a 10-0 lead on the strength of a one-yard scoring run in the first quarter by senior back Isaiah Davis, and a 22-yard field goal late in the third quarter by senior Jonah Mack.

They held off the Griffins who scored their only touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

"Our defense has been our strength all year long, and they played an excellent game against Los Alamitos," Fountain Valley Coach Ray Fenton said. "I was really, really proud of the way our boys bounced back from the emotional game we had the week before against Edison (a 24-0 loss), and played well in a game that had so much on the line.

"That win put us in a tie for second place, and gave us an automatic playoff berth. I thought our guys showed a lot of character and maturity, in bouncing back and beating Los Al."

Huntington (5-5, 2-3) scored the final 21 points of the game against Newport Harbor (5-5, 3-2) and went on to knock off the Sailors, 40-14. Senior quarterback Kai Ross rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns and threw a TD pass to junior receiver Nolan Thompson. Sophomore running back Hunter Simmons opened the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run, and fellow sophomore back Travis Heer scored on a 45-yard run for the Oilers who won on Senior Night.

"It was a big win for us," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said. "We played well all the way through and closed strong."

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