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Valencia rallies to defeat Brea Olinda 21-16

Wildcats running back Lorenzo Marks tallies 110 yards on the ground.

BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
OCVARSITY.COM

BREA -- Valencia's much-anticipated 2012 football season couldn't have started much worse.
The Tigers - a team many people expected to bounce back from a rough 1-9 campaign last year - trailed after the first play of the game, then went three-and-out on their first offensive possession, then fell behind by 10 shortly thereafter. Yet, a force-fed rushing attack led by halfback Gabe Perez and uarterback Jesse Godoy spearheaded Valencia's come-from-behind, 21-16 victory over Brea Olinda on Friday night at Brea Olinda High.

Perez finished with 95 yards (77 in the first half) on 13 carries and a pair of scores, and Godoy added 45 to go along with 60 yards passing as the Tigers (1-0) totaled more than 200, clock-controlling yards on the ground. Playing without electrifying halfback Josh Vizcaya, who was strategically held out of the game because of an injury, Wildcats running back Lorenzo Marks carried the load with 20 carries for 110 yards.

On Brea's first play from scrimmage, wideout Jordan Brown took a swing pass from quarterback Auggie Buoncuore 80 yards to the end zone for the game's opening score. The Wildcats (0-1) then followed a three-and-out by Valencia with an 80-yard drive that produced a fourth-and-goal from the Tigers 1-yard line. Later in the first period, a false start forced the hosts to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Thomas Bouldin.

Down two scores midway through the first, Valencia responded with a six-play drive (five runs, one pass) that resulted in a 34-yard rushing TD by Perez. Perez then capped another run-heavy drive with his second rushing TD, a 3-yard score that gave the Tigers a 14-10 lead.

By the break, Valencia used five different ballcarriers for its 19 rushing plays and outgained Brea, 147 to 72, on the ground. After receiving the second-half kickoff, the Tigers used a long third-down completion in Wildcats territory to set up four consecutive running plays, the last - a 4-yard touchdown run by Matt Ruff - gave the visitors a two-score lead. A 20-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown connection between Buoncuore and Derek Anderson capped the scoring.

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