By DAVID DELGADO
SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER
PLACENTIA Pacifica used a potent aerial assault led by Kyle Edwards´ three touchdown tosses and held on to beat host Valencia, 21-16, Friday night.
The opening quarter featured more punts than first downs as both teams struggled to move the chains and sustain drives. Valencia used an 11-play drive that spanned two quarters to get on the board first, as Jesse Gonzalez´s 25-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
The Mariners offense finally got going using a balanced passing attack.
A drive seemed to stall at the Valencia 10 and the Mariners lined up to attempt a tying field goal, but a Tigers´ penalty gave Pacifica a first down at the 5.
Edwards found Ryan Trader in the corner of the end zone on the ensuing play as the Mariners took a 7-3 halftime lead. Valencia was down, 14-3, but answered quickly led by backup QB Matt Ruff, who replaced injured starter Jesse Godoy at the start of the third quarter. Gabe Perez scored from the 7 to cut into the lead.
Trader helped Pacifica respond by catching his second TD of the game, this one from 17 yards. The Tigers made one last run as Reid Victores caught 12-yard TD to bring Valencia to 5 points behind.