BY TIM TUTTLE
CONTRIBUTING WRITER OCRegister
PLACENTIA * Valencia turned back a determined second-half comeback charge by Troy to remain unbeaten with a 28-14 victory in a nonleague game Thursday at Valencia.
The Warriors trailed, 14-0, at halftime, but recovered a fumble on Valencia’s opening play of the second half at the Tigers’ 29-yard line. Troy’s Brett Ferguson scored on a 1-yard run to end the seven-play drive and cut Valencia’s advantage to 14-7. Valencia (4-0) responded with an 80-yard, eight-play drive culminated by Jahquon Speed’s 27-yard touchdown run. The Tigers had, seemingly, regained control, 21-7.
Troy (1-3) regained its momentum with a 78-yard touchdown march led by sophomore quarterback Josiah Norwood.
Norwood completed a 30-yard pass to Ryan Scotti to get the Warriors moving. The speedy and elusive 5-foot-10, 155-pounder scrambled 16 yards for a first down to the Valencia 18.
On first down, Scotti adjusted perfectly to Norwood’s pass for a touchdown reception. With Sam Tetrault kicking the extra point, Troy trailed, 21-14, with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter. Valencia put the game away with an 80-yard touchdown march. Quarterback Tyler Switzer completed a 33-yard pass to Chach Ben-Yisrael to reach the Troy 42.
Speed gained 141yards on 19 carries and Darren Sandoval had 70 yards on 18 carries. Switzer completed 12 of 18 passes for 160 yards. He had touchdown passes to Jacob Briggs for 11 and 20 yards in the first half. Briggs had four receptions for 83 yards. Ferguson, a 5-10, 170-pound junior, had 79 yards on 13 carries.
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