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Valencia sticks to basics in victory 45-0 over Katella

By LOU PONSI
OCVarsity staff

ANAHEIM - The Valencia football team didn´t need to do anything fancy in a 45-0 Empire League victory over Katella on Thursday at Glover Stadium.

Valencia´s Isaac Dominguez led all backs with 140 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries as the Tigers were most productive when keeping the ball on the ground. The Tigers (6-2, 2-1), ranked No 7 in the Southwest Division and No. 24 in the OCVarsity.com poll, have games remaining against Kennedy and Loara, both quality opponents.

"We were just going into this game like we have a three-game season," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said. "Our league is real balanced ... it´s a battle every week." Valencia intercepted Katella quarterback Matt Judd four times, and aside from a 45-yard run by Nikio Bush in the fourth quarter, held the Knights (1-7, 0-2) to 7 yards of total offense in the second half.

The Tigers Karsen Garcia turned in a solid all-purpose performance, catching a 47-yard touchdown pass, grabbing two interceptions and setting up the first score with a 48-yard return on the game´s opening kickoff. Bush led the Knights with 98 yards on 20 carries.

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