By CHRIS TOBOLSKI
COSTA MESA — Fountain Valley led from start to finish in its 17-3 victory over Palos Verdes in nonleague play Thursday night at Orange Coast College.
The Barons (4-1) scored first on a 5-yard pass from Dominic Ragland to Artie O’Keefe to take a 7-0 lead at 2:58 in the first quarter.
The Sea Hawks (0-4) connected on a 35-yard field goal to close the deficit to 7-3. Fountain Valley responded with a 22-yard field goal to push its lead to 10-3 at intermission.
Kyle Middlebrooks broke a 41-yard touchdown run early in the fourth, and the Barons led, 17-3, with 11:41 left in the contest.
Though Fountain Valley dominated throughout, Coach John Shipp said his team needs to clean up its play.
The Barons committed 9 penalties for 90 yards.
“We need to work on that,” Shipp said. “It was nice to get the win but the penalties set us back.”