By MARK COOPER
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
PLACENTIA - Mike Marrujo wanted to see Valencia run the ball better Friday than it had in its first two games. The Tigers gave their coach more than 200 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in their best offensive performance in six years.
"We found a few things that were working for us and we stuck with them," Marrujo said. Valencia found success running to the outside, keeping at it all game in a 49-20 victory over Sonora in a nonleague game Friday at Valencia High. Quarterback Pat Godoy led the way with 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Will Van Dam rushed for 55 yards and a score. And Tom Torres had 52yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers broke off seven runs of 10 yards or more, and Godoy kept the Sonora defense off balance by throwing for 190 yards and two scores.
It was the most points in a game for Valencia (2-1) since scoring 58 on Nov. 17, 2007, in a win over Savanna. The Tigers scored on their first four drives. After Valencia´s Jake Watkins intercepted a pass on Sonora´s opening drive, Torres turned loose down the right sideline for a 25-yard score to put Valencia ahead early. On the second play of Valencia´s second drive, Godoy found Anthony Larrasquitu wide open down the middle of the field for a 65-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Valencia went up 42-0 before Sonora (0-3) scored. The Raiders, who were without starting quarterback Brandon Ahrndt, turned over the ball four times. Sonora running back Jacob Fimbres rushed for a game-high 144 yards and three touchdowns.