"We ran the ball and got the lead, so we struck with our run game," BC Coach Pat McInally said. "We were playing to go to the playoffs, so we played things close to the vest.
"Our offensive line and defensive line controlled the game. It was the big guys up front, who really got us into the playoffs."
Football took a back seat last Friday for the Barons who closed out their season with a 31-13 victory over Marina. The Barons played the game without senior two-way lineman J.D. Hinnant who was injured in a car accident just hours before the game.
The Barons dedicated the game to their all-league and heavily recruited teammate.
Coach John Shipp said Tuesday that among the injuries Hinnant, whom he visited Monday at UC Irvine Medical Center, suffered were a concussion and fractured pelvis.
"He's doing much better. He's coherent, and moving around, and those are really good signs," Shipp said. "The accident happened so close to us preparing for the game, that we weren't sure if we were going to play it. We brought in the seniors for a meeting, and they said that they were going to play for J.D., and dedicated the game to him.
"Seeing that No. 76 (Hinnant's jersey number) banner out there before the game, really brought it home. Our guys knew that they were playing for something much bigger than a football game."
Senior quarterback Chris d'Entremont threw for 282 yards with three touchdown passes for the Barons who took fifth place in the Sunset League. Sophomore receiver Ryan Finley had TD receptions of 65 and 62 yards, and finished with 175 yards receiving. Junior receiver Jacob Church caught a 31-yard scoring pass and had a 43-yard punt return that set up a seven-yard scoring run by senior running back Steele Escobedo. Senior Derek Huynen kicked a 31-yard field goal.
Fountain Valley, which lost four games this year by a touchdown or less, finished the year 4-6 overall and 1-4 in league.
"Our kids went out every week and played their butts off," Shipp said. "We right there, and could have won any of those games we lost. I really liked our senior class. It's a great group of kids."
The Vikings concluded their season Nov. 2 against Fountain Valley, and fell, 31-13, to the Barons.
Senior back Eli Cabaccang scored twice including on a 66-yard pass play from junior quarterback Austin Sojka. Cabaccang's first score came on a four-yard scoring run that brought the Vikings to within 10-7 in the third quarter. He led the Vikings in both rushing and receiving and finished with 147 yards of total offense in 11 plays. Sojka threw for 167 yards.
A highlight of Marina's 3-7 (0-5 league) season came in its third game of the season. On Sept. 7, the Vikings defeated rival Westminster, 21-14, in the annual Black and Blue Game. Westminster went on to close out the regular season with five straight wins to claim the Golden West League championship.
The Seahawks finished in a three-way tie for third place in the final Golden West League standings after falling, 28-17, to Loara last Friday at Glover Stadium in Anaheim. The Seahawks also lost out on a coin flip for the league's No. 3 playoff berth. Loara won the coin toss and is the league's No. 3 team, joining league champion Westminster and Segerstrom, in the playoffs.
Orange was the other team to tie for third place.
Senior quarterback Dallas Broge hit senior receiver Reo Washington on an 80-yard touchdown pass and also rushed for a one-yard touchdown, senior Cristian Negrete kicked a 38-yard field goal, and senior running back Nate Kwon rushed for 196 yards for the Seahawks.
"I was proud of my kids' effort, as I thought we played good enough to win," Ocean View Coach Luis Nunez said. "We moved the ball all night and got a solid performance from Nate Kwon and the [offensive] line. We had two costly turnovers in the first half, gave up too many big plays defensively, and were penalized six times for being aggressive. The penalties and turnovers were too much to overcome."
Nunez's first Ocean View team finished the season 4-6 overall and 2-3 in league play.
"We were a win away and coin flip away from making the playoffs with a very young and inexperience group," Nunez said. "The foundation is set and we will continue to use the offseason to get bigger and stronger. Our frosh-soph team went 9-1, winning the Golden West League for the first time in years. We are headed in the right direction and excited to get going again."