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Fountain Valley Holds On to Big Lead

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Fountain Valley Coach George Berg ducked his head into a group of Ocean View football players shortly after Friday’s game at Huntington Beach High, and got a rousing reaction from the squad his team had just defeated.

“I told them they played a fine football game,” Berg said. “I was very, very impressed with how hard they played.”

“Fine” might not be the word Berg would use to describe his team’s efforts, despite a 44-22 victory that improved the Barons to 2-0.

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Fountain Valley piled up 562 yards in offense and led 44-8 before the Seahawks made the score close in the final period. But there were definitely signs that some improvement is in order.

Such as eight holding penalties and 20 total penalties, which set the Barons back 195 yards. And there were three lost second-half fumbles, all at the end of long gains.

“We’re not a real good football team. We chose to do it the easy way, and when you do it the easy way, the flags come out,” Berg said.

Fountain Valley gained 354 yards on the ground. Senior Andrew Medley led the way with 145 yards on 13 carries, and junior John Sanders added 88 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown run. Even the reserves got into the act, as Eric Ramirez gained 72 yards and scored once after entering the game late in the third quarter.

Jeff Taylor connected with Leland Washington on touchdown passes of 81 and 10 yards for the Seahawks (0-2). Taylor completed 7 of 17 passes for 180 yards.

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