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Fenton has mixed emotions as Los Alamitos routs Fountain Valley

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

WESTMINSTER – Los Alamitos used big plays and a lot of them to put away Fountain Valley early in Friday night's Sunset League encounter at Westminster High School, scoring nine first-half touchdowns to bounce back from last week's loss to Edison with a 62-14 romp.

Keanu Norman ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns, Hayden Smith passed for two scores and ran for another, and Mike Magana returned one interception 30 yards for a TD and another to the Barons’ 4 to set up a score as the Griffins (5-3 overall, 2-1 Sunset) pulled into a second-place tie with Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor.

Los Alamitos coach Ray Fenton called the game with the romp over the Barons (1-7, 0-3), whom he coached the past three seasons, “the worst week of the year.”

“I hated it,” he said. “I love our guys at Los Al. I'm so proud of the way they played and conducted themselves, and there's no place I'd rather be. But I have a strong connections with some of those kids over there. They're very very close to me. ... You know, you hate to play against your brother.”

The Griffins scored right away, with Smith capping a six-play drive with a 20-yard touchdown run, but Fountain Valley needed just two plays to pull even, with Kishaun Sykes beating coverage to run under Andrew Ross' rainbow pass on an 85-yard play. Los Alamitos then scored on its next seven possessions.

Norman scored on runs of 58 and 25 yards, Dylan Laurent ran 68 for a score, and Zach Ruiz caught a 35-yard TD pass. Fenton had reserves playing on offense before half of the second quarter was complete. Three scoring drives, including a 4-yard Smith pass to Nick Platt after Magana's second interception, were just one play.

Sykes added a fourth-quarter touchdown for Fountain Valley on an 18-yard run.


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