Barons looking to improve

The Fountain Valley Barons will be out to get their second win of the 2011 prep football season Thursday when they take on San Clemente at Westminster High.

The Barons opened their season Aug. 26 in Henderson, Nev., where they scored a wild 52-49 victory over Green Valley. Coach John Shipp has six starters back on each side of the ball, including all-league players Sean Myers, Wyatt Christensen, Philip Choi and J.D. Hinnant.

Below is a capsule look at the 2011 Barons:


League: Sunset

Head coach: John Shipp (8th year; 37-36-1)

Coaching staff: Dan Brummett (defensive coordinator); Scott Brummett (wide receivers; Steve Fifita (defensive line); Mike Kral (defensive backs), Tim Krapivkin (defensive backs); Ryan McHale (linebackers); Todd Gruca (offensive line); Pat Taylor (offensive line); Dave Gutierrez (running backs).

2010 record: 3-6-1

2010 league results: 1-4 (fifth place)

2010 CIF results: Did not qualify

Type of offense: Spread

Type of defense: 3-4

Returning starters: 6 offense/ 6 defense

Returning with honors: Sean Myers (WR, first-team all-league); Wyatt Christensen (WR/OLB, first-team all-league); Philip Choi (RT/MLB, second-team all-league); J.D. Hinnant (LT, second-team).

Players to watch: Kekai Fernandez (QB, Sr.); Cristian Calvillo (RB/CB/KO return; Sr.); Mason Clevenger, RB, Sr.); Sean Myers (WR/KO return, Sr.); Brian Brown (WR/SS, Sr.); Wyatt Christensen (WR/OLB, Jr.); Sean Finley (TE/OLB, Jr.); J.D. Hinnant (LT, Jr.); Matt Weimer (LG, Sr.); Jay Walsh (C, Jr.): Kevin Sam (RG, Sr.); Philip Choi (RT/MLB, Sr.); Derek Huyen (K/P, Jr.); Jordan Platt (DE, Sr.); Joe Takeda (NG, Sr.); David Lopez (DE, Sr.); Drew Israelsky (ILB, Sr.); Brian Brown (SS, Sr.); Jason Baker (CB, Jr.).

Coach's comments: "We have some experience with quite a few kids returning who played last year," Shipp said. "We're young up front with only one returner on the offensive line, and nobody is back on the defensive line. But the kids are working hard and improving every week, and we're excited about that."

Baron bites: Former Fountain Valley defensive standout Steve Fifita joins the Barons coaching staff this year. Fifita went on to play at Utah and in the NFL with Miami and New England.

Twitter: @HBIndependent


2011 schedule

Aug. 26: def. Green Valley (Nevada), 52-49

Thursday: vs. San Clemente, 7 p.m.

(at Westminster High)

Sept. 16: at Corona

Sept. 23: at Downey

Sept. 30: Trabuco Hills

(at Huntington Beach High)

Oct. 14: at *Newport Harbor

Oct. 20: at *Los Alamitos

Oct. 28: *Marina

(at Huntington Beach High)

Nov. 4: vs. *Edison

(Bell Game, Orange Coast College)

Nov. 11: at *Huntington Beach

* denotes Sunset League game.

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