Fountain Valley dominates Woodbridge to give Anderson first win as coach

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HUNTINGTON BEACH — Fountain Valley got its first win under new coach Chris Anderson in a 40-7 rout of Woodbridge on Thursday at Huntington Beach High.

The Barons won five games and made the CIF-SS Division 8 playoffs in 2018, but suffered losses to Elsinore of Wildomar and North Torrance to begin the 2019 season.

“It feels good, but I’m kind of tired of hearing about it,” Anderson said regarding getting the team’s first win of the season. “I’m happy for the kids and my staff. They work incredibly hard, and if you work hard and do things the right way, good things will happen. Tonight was a result of that.”

Fountain Valley (1-2) ran the ball effectively, which set up deep passes later in the first half.

Tanner Ciok rushed for 146 yards on 24 carries and had two rushing touchdowns to help give the Barons an early 17-0 lead.

“We talked about how we needed to be physical and run the ball to set things up in the passing game, something that was missing last week,” Anderson said. “Tanner is our guy carrying the ball, and if we run the ball effectively, we can take advantage of mismatches down the field.”

After a Woodbridge touchdown, Fountain Valley responded with a 69-yard touchdown pass from Edison transfer Liam Caldwell to Blake Anderson to give the Barons a 24-7 lead early in the second quarter.

On the ensuing series, the Woodbridge long snapper sailed a snap over the punter’s head which resulted in a safety.

The Barons got the ball around midfield after the safety kick. Quarterback Jimmy Russell threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Anderson to give Fountain Valley a 33-7 lead entering halftime.

Russell completed 6 of 9 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown and Caldwell completed four of six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Both quarterbacks saw equal playing time and often alternated possessions, even after a scoring drive.

Blake Anderson caught eight passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

“Blake is our go-to receiver and I think he is one of the better guys in the league,” Coach Anderson said. “He made some good plays down the field for us tonight.”

Woodbridge (0-3) struggled to move the ball on Fountain Valley’s defense. The Warriors only had two plays of over 20 yards.

“We played assignment-sound football with gap integrity on defense,” Anderson said. “We had 11 hats flying to the football and the front seven did a great job.”

Woodbridge scored on a 74-yard run by Carry Rainey in the second quarter.

Fountain Valley’s next game is at South Gate on Friday, Sept. 13. Woodbridge will play Pacifica at Bolsa Grande High on Friday, Sept. 13.