By TOM CONNOLLY
SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER
PLACENTIA Tustin scored early and often in its Empire League game against Valencia on Saturday night at Bradford Stadium as the Tillers cruised to a 57-7 victory. The Tillers (5-1, 2-0) kept pace with Kennedy, which defeated Pacifica on Saturday, and have won four consecutive games. The Tigers dropped to 3-2 and 0-1.
The Tillers, the secondranked team in the CIF-SS Southwest Division, scored three touchdowns in the first quarter - two in 13 seconds - to break the game open early.
With 8:35 left in the first quarter, Tustin quarterback Cody Oxby got the Tillers´ scoring surge rolling as he completed a 51-yard TD pass to Angel Rios. Tustin then surprised the Tigers with an onside kick. Jordan Kemp recovered the ball for the Tillers. On the next play, Oxby raced 41 yards for a touchdown giving the Tustin a 14-0 lead.
On Valencia´s first play following Tustin´s touchdown, Terrence Martinez intercepted a Tigers´ pass and returned it to the 12-yard line. Four plays later, Tivita Pauu scored from 3 yards out and the Tillers led 19-0 after less than six minutes of play.
"We got all of the breaks early," said Tustin coach Myron Miller. "We opened it up and may have caught them off guard a bit."
The Tillers recorded three more touchdowns in the second quarter. Tyler Siudzinsk added a one-yard TD run and Denzale Stewart caught a 25-yard TD pass from Oxby as Tustin took a 37-0 halftime lead.
Siudzinski added a 66-yard TD run in the third quarter. He finished the game with 173 yards rushing on 12 carries.
"It feels good to win," said Siudzinski. "They could not stop our offense and we dominated on the field, but ... we have to continue to improve."
The Tillers, who average 385 yards rushing per game, gained 352 yards on the ground and totaled 469 yards of offense.