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Fountain Valley captures sixth win in a row

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

WESTMINSTER – Fountain Valley was all business Friday night as the Barons cruised to a 49-7 Sunset League victory over Marina at Westminster High.

The Barons were led by Kent Swift who replaced Chad Olberding midway through the first quarter after an injury to the starting quarterback.

Swift finished with 192 passing yards and two touchdowns as Fountain Valley scored 42 points in the first half.

After dropping the first two games of the season, the Barons have reeled off six straight wins that puts them atop the league standings (6-2, 3-0) and sets up a showdown with rival Edison for the Battle of the Bell next week.

Jake Garrett opened the scoring with quick-strike 37-yard TD reception from Olberding, which was his only completion of the night before suffering an injury. Garrett had a team-high four catches for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Fountain Valley made it 14-0 with a double reverse TD pass that had Swift handoff to George Sykes, who pitched it to Angel Hernandez, who sent it back to Swift, who then found Garrett for his second score.

Facing a 21-point hole, Marina answered with an unusual play to get on the scoreboard. Bryan De La Torre skipped a pass behind the line of scrimmage that was scooped up by Ethan Young, who raced up the sideline 85 yards while breaking a last-ditch tackle attempt by Swift en route to the end zone.

Hernandez, who finished with 92 receiving yards and two touchdowns, was a menace to the Vikings secondary all night as he was constantly being targeted for huge gains.

Hernandez also scored on a 31-yard fumble return.


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