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L.B. Wilson crushes Fountain Valley

STAFF WRITER

HUNTINGTON BEACH – If there was a giant eraser available, the Fountain Valley football team would probably want to use it now and start the 2016 season over.

For the second consecutive week, the Barons ended up on the wrong side of a lopsided score, this time falling to visiting Long Beach Wilson, 40-7, Thursday night at Huntington Beach High.

The Bruins improved to 2-0 thanks to a three-touchdown night from Jacobi Hardy (two rushing, one kickoff return.)

The Barons (0-2) didn’t get into the end zone until the late stages of a fourth quarter that was played with a running clock.

“I told them to take a visual of the scoreboard and remember that’s what happens when you don’t believe in yourself,” Fountain Valley coach Jimmy Nolan said. “If you can’t believe in yourself, you can’t execute. … I think we lack confidence.

“This is a very young team, that’s nothing to slight Wilson, but it is one thing to get beat by Wilson, but I also think we got beat by Fountain Valley today.”

The Barons went into the game without some injured personnel, like Ben Vallier and George Sykes, and their performance reflected it. They struggled to maintain any offensive consistency, while playing three quarterbacks.

Angel Hernandez scored the first points of the season for the Barons on a sneak with 3:15 left in the game.

Fountain Valley will turn its attention quickly toward next week when it visits Trabuco Hills. That process started on the bus ride back to campus Thursday.

“We only have one option and that’s to work hard,” Nolan said. “It starts how we carry ourselves on the bus. Are we going to feel sorry for ourselves? I think the definition of a good man is how he responds to adversity, so never have a better chance right now.

“What a great opportunity, we can see who we are right now. It will be defining when we play a good team in Trabuco (next week.)”

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@scng.com


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