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Week 1 High School Football Preview: Fountain Valley vs. North Torrance

Week 1 High School Football Preview: Fountain Valley vs. North Torrance
Kishaun Sykes, shown catching a touchdown against Troy on Aug. 16, 2018, will try to help the Fountain Valley High football team start 2-0. (Drew A. Kelley)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Huntington Beach High

Key Barons: Jr. QB Josh Stupin (26 of 40 passing for 420 yards and four TDs); Sr. WR Brandon Krause (12 catches for 173 yards and one TD); Sr. WR Kishaun Sykes (five catches for 162 yards and two TDs)

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Key Saxons: Jr. RB Stephen Bradford (14 carries for 138 yards and one TD); Jr. RB Nicholas Cobos (26 carries for 103 yards); Sr. WR Brayden De O’Campo (eight catches for 40 yards)

Breakdown: Fountain Valley’s offense came out on fire with 33 first-half points in the Barons’ 40-28 season-opening win against Troy last week. Stupin had 420 yards and four touchdowns, and the Barons (1-0) could use more explosive plays in the passing game against North Torrance … The Saxons (1-0) began the season with a 7-6 win over host San Pedro. The line of scrimmage is a strength for North Torrance, with the Saxons turning out two 100-yard rushers in their Week 0 win in Bradford and Cobos … If Stupin can connect with his receivers for big plays early, it may limit the impact of the Saxons’ running game in the second half.

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