By LOU PONSI
PLACENTIA - After a disappointing loss in the season´s first game, Valencia coach Mike Marrujo did some shifting of personnel heading into the Tigers´ Week 2 contest vs. Western. The adjustments made all the difference as Valencia came away with a 16-6 non league victory over the Pioneers Friday at Valencia High School.
The difference was a solidified offensive line, which opened some nice holes for running back Omar Perez. Perez carried 29 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tigers (1-1) to their first victory of the season.
The Tigers rushed for 215 yards as a team. "We played a lot better that last week, "said Marrujo, refering to the Tigers' 22-7 los to Villa Park, a contest in which held to 1 yard rushing and 52 total yards.
Valencaia was just as stellar on defense, shutting down the Pioneers offense when it mattered most. After Perez's second touchdown put Valencia up by 10 with just under two minutes left in the third quarter, Western (0-2) didn't manage a drive lasting longer than four plays. The Pioneers started their first drive of the forth quarter on the Valencia 47, but turned it over on downs after losing 1 yard.
Western's next drive lasted one play, thank to an interception by Karsen Garcia that out the game away for the Tigers with 2:27 left. Western running back Ruben Ortega gained 75 yards on seven carries.