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Week 10 High School Football Preview: Newport Harbor vs. Fountain Valley

Fountain Valley High’s Kishaun Sykes, pictured spiking the ball after scoring against Troy on Aug. 16, will look to help the Barons enhance their chances for an at-large selection into the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs on Friday.
(Drew A. Kelley)

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

Key Sailors: Sr. MLB Brian Bailey; Jr. WR Aidan Goltz; Jr. RB Jake Keliikoa; Sr. CB Raphael Cruz

Key Barons: Jr. QB Josh Stupin (147 of 274 passing for 2,155 yards, 17 TDs and six INTs; two rushing TDs); Sr. RB/LB Mathew Fuiava (64 carries for 554 yards and seven TDs; nine catches for 85 yards; 16 tackles); Sr. WR/CB Kishaun Sykes (31 catches for 586 yards and six TDs; 25 carries for 285 yards and three TDs; 10 tackles, one forced fumble)

Breakdown: Fountain Valley hosts Newport Harbor in a Sunset League game … It has been a tale of two seasons — nonleague and league — for both programs featured in this game. Fountain Valley (4-5, 0-4 in league) won its first four games of the season. The Barons were ranked third in the CIF Southern Section Division 8 poll at that point, but injuries and a tough league schedule have taken their toll. Fountain Valley has dropped its last five games, and it now has to beat Newport Harbor in the season finale to finish with a .500 record. Barons coach Jimmy Nolan said that his team would apply for an at-large bid into the Division 8 playoffs regardless of Friday’s result … Newport Harbor (3-5-1, 0-4), which began the year 3-1-1, cannot reach the .500 mark, but it can play spoiler, as it did last year. The Sailors defeated playoff hopeful Huntington Beach 21-7 to end the regular season in 2017, forging a three-way tie for third place in the league and leaving the league’s final automatic postseason bid up to coin flips … Sailors coach Peter Lofthouse said that sophomore quarterback Cole Lavin suffered a broken collarbone last week against Corona del Mar. Senior Andrew Testa will get the start at quarterback against the Barons.

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