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Westminster quarterback Daniel Thomsen is stopped by Fountain Valley defenders just shy of the end zone during the first period Friday night.

Fountain Valley keeps Westminster at bay

OCVARSITY.COM

WESTMINSTER – There is still some work left to be done in the process, but the early signs are looking good for the Fountain Valley football team.

Sal Ochoa’s 55-yard interception return for a touchdown and Isaiah Davis’ 69-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped 14th-ranked Fountain Valley (4-1) turn back host Westminster, 27-13 in a nonleague game Friday night.

“We put some drives together and were able to extend some plays,” Fountain Valley coach Ray Fenton said. “We played much better as far as our assignment and we didn’t have those giant busts with our scheme and those mental mistakes … I think we cut down on that a little bit.

“I think we showed improvement on offense.”

Defensively, the Barons intercepted two passes (both by Ochoa). His second one set up Davis’ game-clinching run.

“We talked about that at halftime with Isaiah,” Fenton said. “We told him that we don’t think they had anybody as fast as him, so stick your foot in the ground and go. He runs wells. He’s a smart football player.”

In the third quarter, Daniel Thomsen scored on a 5-yard touchdown run, but the extra point was missed and the Lions missed their opportunity to tie the game at 14-14.

“I don’t think we played as well as we wanted to,” Westminster coach Ted McMillen said. “You have to give them (Fountain Valley) credit, they’re a good team and they’re well-coached, but I just feel like I want to get better. That’s what the preseason is all about. I’m not sure we improved. I have to look at the film and see what that says.”

In the second quarter, Noah Rivard scored twice (37-yard run and 25-yard reception) to give the Barons a 14-7 lead.

There was a stretch in the second half where it looked as if the Barons were going to shoot themselves in the foot with penalty after penalty flying out of the officials’ pockets.

A key personal foul in the third quarter, kept alive the last scoring drive for the Lions. Fenton said he still believed his team would pull through.

“I always believe in our defense,” Fenton said. “We knew that No. 11 (Daniel Thomsen) and No. 1 (Humberto Maciel) were outstanding football players and they were going to cause us problems and they did.

“Our offense, I felt like as long as take care of ourselves, we were going to be OK. I always think we have a chance to come back and fix it and move forward and I thought we were able to do that toward the end.”

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com


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