El Dorado retains the `Championship Bell´ with a 36-14 victory over rival Valencia
By Damian Calhoun
The Orange County Register
Placentia - The bell is ringing, and it is music to the ears of El Dorado football program. For the second consecutive season, the Golden Hawks (3-1) got the best of their city rival, Valencia (2-1-1), this time with a 36-14 victory Friday at Valencia High.
The Golden Hawks retained the `Championship Bell´ with the victory in front of an estimated crowd of 6,000. "When you win your city championship, it always feels good," El Dorado coach Jeff Bailey said. "This is a nice rivalry; there is respect on both sides. ...They´re a great ball club, but we got the better of them tonight." The game was tightly contested throughout the first half, but the Golden Hawks started to stake their claim to the bell in the third quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, El Dorado quarterback Kane Wilson faked an inside hand-off and eventually raced 73 yards for a touchdown and a 19-0 lead. "It is like an option play," Wilson said. "I read the (defensive) end, and he bit down and the guys didn´t see me keep the ball and I just sprinted all the way." Wilson complete 10 or 20 passes for 254 yards. Devi n Deleon scored four touchdowns for the Golden Hawks.
On the other side of the ball, Valencia´s offense had to regroup on the fly. Senior running back Wes Fletcher opened the game with consecutive rushes, one for 18 yards. On his fourth carry, however, he came up limping with a left-ankle injury. After the possession, Fletcher got his ankle retaped on the sideline, but he was never able to get back into the flow of the game. He finished with 38 yards rushing.
"Our defense really took it to them," El Dorado defensive end Anthony Laurenzi said. "We stumbled a little bit, but we came through and got the victory." Laurenzi led the defensive charge with three sacks and was one of the first players to ring the bell. "It feels good," Laurenzi said. "It feels nice ringing it again."