PLACENTIA El Dorado running back Hayden Dunn and a solid offensive line were two huge reasons the Golden Hawks were able to come away with a 38-22 victory over crosstown rival Valencia in a nonleague contest Friday at Valencia High.
The Golden Hawks (2-2) won back the coveted bell from the Tigers (0-4) in a rivalry that goes back 40 years.
"It´s a big game for the community and a big game for the kids," El Dorado coach Shawn Racobs said. Dunn rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries and scored a clutch touchdown on a 55-yard punt return in the fourth quarter to lift the Hawks´ lead to two touchdowns with 3:15 left in the game.
"Our offensive line hung tough," Racobs said. "Those guys don´t get enough credit." The contest started out as if it might be a rout as touchdown runs of 4, 11 and 4 yards by Dunn gave El Dorado an 18-0 lead at halftime. The Golden Hawks missed two extra-point attempts and a 2-point conversion try after the scores. In the third quarter, the Tigers made a game of it with 46-yard touchdown pass from Jesse Goody to Reid Victores and then an 11-yard scoring pass from Goody to Andres Sandoval. The 2-point conversion after the second touchdown pulled Valencia to three points behind.The teams then traded touchdowns before El Dorado took over for good.
Michael Covelli hauled in a 3-yard scoring pass from Travis Avila to put the Hawks ahead, 31-22, with 5:22 remaining in the game. Dunn´s punt return then thwarted any chance for a Valencia comeback. Avila completed 13 of 20 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Goody completed 10 of 21 passes for 139 yards and two scores.
Both teams open league play next week. Valencia play Cypress at Western High, and El Dorado plays host to Brea Olinda.
Steve Espinoza of Valencia, left, tries to catch the ball as Anthony Piscitelli of El Dorado grabs him from behind during Friday night´s game. El Dorado got the 38-22 victory.
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