By Christoper Abdelmalek
The Barons of Fountain Valley High School and the Chargers of Edison High School have been playing against each other since 1969. And while the Battle for the Bell did not come into play till some 15 years later, the battle itself has always been around. However, the rivalry has been very much one-sided over the last decade or so and thus history continues. The Chargers defeat the Barons on Friday night 42-20 before a capacity crowd at LeBard Stadium on the Orange Coast College campus in Costa Mesa.
The rushing game was a feature in tonight’s matchup as Kobe Lopez for Edison ran for over 130 yards in the first half alone and finished the game with 212 yards and a touchdown. His battering mate in the backfield Mike Walters, who is somewhat of a specialist near the end zone, rushed in two touchdowns from two yards out each and a third one from five yards out.
“Our O-Line was killing out there,” said Lopez after the game as he was awarded MVP of the Bell game. “We work great together, we fire each other up,” Lopez said, commenting on Walters’ big night as well.
“He is our work horse,” Coach Jeff Grady said on Lopez. “He is not [going] be able to accomplish what he accomplishes without the guys in front blocking for him.”
Fountain Valley’s defense played as well as it could, but the Chargers had a balanced attach as Braeden Boyles had 157 yards through the air and one touchdown pass to Jacob Biddle. Boyles also had his fun running with the ball in his hands as he added a 48-yard run on a quarterback keeper.
The Barons did have some life in the first half, as quarterback Josh Stupin tossed a short pass to Brandon Krause who turned it into a 75-yard touchdown catch to make the score 14-7 at the time. Stupin finished the game with over 360 yards passing and three touchdowns. However key drops in the second half by the Baron wide receivers kept the team from scoring a bunch of points in the second half.
In the end, history continued to repeat itself on this night and the Barons fell to the Chargers.
Edison (5-4 overall, 3-1 in the Sunset League) will face off against Los Alamitos (7-1-1, 3-0-1) next Friday at Cerritos College. Fountain Valley (4-5,0-4) will take on Newport Harbor next Friday at Sheue Field in Huntington Beach. Both games will be at 7 p.m.
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