ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL / PREP EXTRA : Ryerson Helps Fountain Valley Get Past Undermanned Marina, 46-26


Fountain Valley opened Sunset League play Friday against Marina, hoping to extend its winning streak to five games against the struggling Vikings.

Marina (2-4, 0-1), missing its top two quarterbacks, managed to put a scare into the Barons before losing, 46-26, in the league opener for both teams at Westminster High.

The key player in the Viking attack was senior tailback Mike Williams, who scored on runs of 81 and 48 yards on the first two possessions for Marina, which led, 14-7, midway through the first quarter. The Barons (5-1, 1-0) managed to limit Williams to 186 yards in 21 carries.

He threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to James Owens in the second quarter on a tailback option and later capped the Marina scoring with a 1-yard run in the final quarter. Williams accounted for 259 total yards.


The one thing Williams and the Vikings could not do, however, was stop the Baron offense.

Fountain Valley piled up 512 yards in total offense, led by senior quarterback Mitch Ryerson. Ryerson completed 13 of 25 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Nick Kumpis. Ryerson also ran for a 1-yard touchdown. Senior tailback Robert Alvarez ran for 167 yards on 12 carries, including touchdown runs of 42 and 61 yards.

Marina started fullback Steve Cooper at quarterback because sophomore Donald Lank was out Wednesday because of a school suspension. Lank became the starter two games earlier when Chasom Brown broke his arm. Marina Coach Mark Rehling alternated Copper and Peter Mignosa. The two threw for just 11 yards and with three interceptions for Mignosa. Lank is expected to rejoin the team Wednesday.