By LOU PONSI
LA HABRA - Sonora used a pair of big plays on offense and got stingy on defense when in mattered most in a 13-10 nonleague victory over Valencia on Friday at La Habra High.The Raiders (1-1) played turnover-free football, rebounding from seven turnovers they committed in a Week 1 defeat against Brea Olinda.
Sonora´s touchdowns came on passing plays and Nate Miranda was on the receiving end of both. Valencia was ahead, 7-0, in the second quarter when Sonora quarterback Kyle Mahlstede pitched to running back Jacob Kent, who connected with Miranda for a 20-yard touchdown to tie the score.
In the third, Mahlstede passed to Miranda for an 84-yard touchdown that put the Raiders ahead, 13-7. Mahlstede completed 6 of 11 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown and Kent finished with four receptions for 114 yards. "Our quarterback did a great job rebounding and making good decisions," Sonora coach Paul Chiotti said.
Valencia (1-2) trailed, 13-10, in the fourth and was driving when Justin Munn recovered a fumble to give Sonora possession on its own 46-yard line with 7:02 remaining. The Raiders didn´t score on the drive, but ran 3:19 off the clock before punting back to Tigers, who started at their own 16.
Valencia got one first down and then faced a second-and-10 from their 28 when Munn sacked quarterback Jesse Godoy for an 8-yard loss. The Raiders then forced two incompletions and took over on downs at their own 20 with 2 minutes left.
"When you play Valencia, you got to be ready to play for four quarters," Chiotti said. "Valencia is a physical team." The Tigers touchdown came on a 14-yard run from Gabriel Perez. The Raiders host Canyon in week-three while Valencia plays rival El Dorado.