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Valencia cruises past Brea Olinda 41-3

By DALE RUHE
Special to OCVarsity.com

Brea - Two teams heading in opposite directions before starting league next week met on the Brea Olinda field Friday night.  The team on the rise, Valencia, cruised to a 41-0 victory over the host Wildcats. Ranked third in this week's CIF-SS Southwest Division poll, Valencia (4-1) posted 412 yards in total offense, 20 first downs and got rushing touchdowns from Dave Pina and Ruben Escarsega.

Brea Olinda (1-4), winless since the opening week of the season, recorded just 76 total yards and five first downs.  The only aspect of the game the Wildcats were better than the Tigers came in fewer penalties.

The Tigers were in command from the outset, taking the advantage of a bad snap in the punt formation that had Wildcats kicker Krysitain Hodges falling on the ball on the Tigers 1-yard line.  Quarterback Pina opened the Valencia scoring with a 1-yard sneak less than three minutes after kickoff.

A lost fumble briefly derailed the Tigers' offensive attack later in the quarter, but it was business as usual soon thereafter. An 11-play, 80-yard drive was capped when Escarsega scored from 4 yards out on the first play in the second quarter. That was followed by a 12-play, 85-yard march, ending with Pina's second touchdown of the game from 9 yards out.

Jesse Sandoval aided the Tigers with field goals of 28 yards late in the first half and 34 yards early in the third quarter. The final two Valencia scores came in a two-minute span of the third quarter. Pina completed a 25-yard pass to Isaac Dominguez and Escarsega added 4-yard touchdown run.

Dominguez leads Tigers 28-17 over Capo Valley

By ERIC PATTEN
Special to OCVarsity.com

PLACENTIA - Valencia High celebrated its 75th anniversary with a Homecoming fireworks display Friday night matched by the Tigers´ explosive second half. Running back Isaac Dominguez gained 178 of his 224 yards after halftime, leading Valencia to a 28-17 victory over Capistrano Valley at Bradford Stadium. "He (Dominguez) has really been improving every week," Tigers coach Mike Marrujo said. "That was his best game so far at Valencia."

The Tigers might have given their most balanced offensive showing of the season, gaining 186 yards on the ground and 191 throught the air. Capistrano Valley took its first lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Bardia Rezael with 27 seconds remaining in the half. The Tigers countered midway through the third quarter with a 17-yard gallop by Dominguez, who later caught an 80-yard TD pass from Dave Pina.

Scoring:
Q1: Valencia : Isaac Dominguez 6 yards TD - run (Jesse Sandoval kick)
Q2: Capistrano Valley : Jordan Bertini 42 yards FG
  Capistrano Valley : Bardia Rezaei 2 yards TD - run (Jordan Bertini kick)
Q3: Valencia : Isaac Dominguez 17 yards TD - run (Jesse Sandoval kick)
  Capistrano Valley : Bardia Rezaei 4 yards TD - run (Jordan Bertini kick)
  Valencia : Isaac Dominguez 80 yards TD - pass from David Pina (Jesse Sandoval kick)
Q4: Valencia : Karsen Garcia 56 yards TD - pass from Omar Perez (Jesse Sandoval kick)

Valencia edges El Dorado, 17-16, in Battle of the Bell

  Sandoval boots 22-yard field goal with 40 seconds to play.

By KENNY CONNOLLY
Special to OCVarsity.com

PLACENTIA - Jesse Sandoval´s 22-yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining in the annual Battle of the Bell allowed Valencia to squeeze past El Dorado, 17-16, on Friday night at Bradford Stadium. "We just wanted to get that bell back," Sandoval said. Valencia (2-1) trailed the Golden Hawks, 13-0, at halftime but didn´t abandon its rushing attack.

Mike Bradley capped a six-play drive with a touchdown leap on a fourth-and-goal midway through the third quarter. Bradley then scored from 2 yards out to give the Tigers their first lead, 14-13. El Dorado (1-2) was held in check in the second half with only 39 yards. Kane Wilson completed only one pass in the second half and finished 7 of 23 for 90 yards and an interception. Chase Lansford reclaimed the Golden Hawks´ lead with a 52-yard field goal with 7:17 remaining.

Scoring:
Q1: El Dorado : Chase Lansford 43 yards FG
Q2: El Dorado : Billy Henley 5 yards TD - pass from Kane Wilson (Chase Lansford kick)
  El Dorado : Chase Lansford 19 yards FG
Q3: Valencia : Mike Bradley 1 yards TD - run (Jesse Sandoval kick)
  Valencia : Mike Bradley 2 yards TD - run (Jesse Sandoval kick)
Q4: El Dorado : Chase Lansford 52 yards FG
  Valencia : Jesse Sandoval 22 yards FG

Ortega helps Western wear down Valencia 24-7

By JIMMY LIANG
Special to OCVarsity.com

ANAHEIM - In order to get a better picture of the game, Western coach Toby Howell has elected to sit in the press box during the Pioneers´ first two contests. Although the picture wasn´t always pretty Friday night, the coach saw a 186-yard, three touchdown performance from Ruben Ortega as Western wore down visiting Valencia, 24-7, at Western High.

The Pioneers (2-0) controlled the game from the outset. They outgained the Tigers (1-1), 281 to 84, in the first half while holding a 17-7 lead and a 2:1 advantage in time of possession.
Ortega had 118 yards at the half with scoring runs of 3 and 21 yards.

Valencia got its only points late in the half on a 38-yard TD pass from Dave Pina to Karsen Garcia. "Western played well," said Valencia coach Mike Marrujo. "We had limited snaps and did what we could." Any chance of a Valencia comeback was put to rest when Western went on a lengthy drive covering the third and fourth quarter. Ortega had four runs for first down on the 15-play, 72-yard drive and sealed it with a 7-yard scoring run.

Valencia takes control 17-7 over Villa Park

By ANTHONY MENDOZA
OCVarsity Staff

Placentia - Valencia took advantage of two Villa Park turnovers and a miscue on special teams in its 17-7 victory on Friday night at Valencia High. After Jacob Alvarado´s 17-yard TD run put the Spartans (0-1) up 7-0 in the first quarter, the Tigers defense took control.

Jesse Sandoval´s punt was mishandled by Parker Roberts in the second quarter, and the Spartans took over at their 4-yard line. Two plays later, Tyler Watkins threw the first of his two interceptions, this one to Mike Newman, who returned it to the 8-yard line.

Omar Perez bulled through the middle on second down from 2 yards out to tie the score, 7-7. Karsen Garcia´s pick before the half led to a Sandoval 22-yard field goal to put Valencia (1-0) ahead, 10-7. The Tigers put the game out of reach on their first possession of the second half. Isaac Dominguez´s 89-yard touchdown run capped an 81-yard drive.

Cypress stuns fourth-seeded Valencia, 28-21 Saumer, defense come up big for at-large Centurions

By DAN ALBANO
OCVarsity.com

ANAHEIM - Ryan Saumur soared into the end zone from 1 yard with 1:17 left in the fourth quarter to help the Cypress football program reach new heights Friday night. The versatile senior scored the go-ahead points and the Centurions´ defense held one last time as Cypress stunned fourth-seeded Valencia, 28-21, in a Southern Division semifinal game at a soggy and muddy Western High. The victory sends the unseeded Centurions - an at-large selection to the playoffs from the Empire League - to the finals for the first time. Cypress (9-3) could face longtime rival Kennedy or Pacifica in the championship Friday.

Saumur scored on a dive over the pile on a third-and-goal play that featured defensive lineman Chace Packard as part of the blocking scheme. The score and Saumur´s extra-point gave Cypress a 28-21 lead. It also made Valencia pay for another costly turnover. Cypress got the chance for the score after Valencia (8-3-1) lost a fumble on a first-and-goal play from the Cypress´ 5-yard line with 4:11 left. Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said the blast play was designed for running back Wes Fletcher but free safety Toscaleneo Morris scooped up the fumble at his 11.

Fletcher finished with 226 yards, giving him 5,732 yards - fifth on the county list. "It was a miracle, sir," Morris said of the play. "The character of our kids is never quitting," Cypress coach Ray Fenton said. "They kept fighting and fighting and something good happened." Cypress responded with an 89-yard scoring drive that received a major spark on the third play from quarterback Mike Vanderipe.The senior broke a 60-yard run to move the ball to Valencia´s 14. Five plays later, Saumur scored. Vanderipe had success running the option all game and finished with 178 yards.

After Saumur´s 19th touchdown of the season, Cypress´ defense made a final stop at its 32 as time expired. Cypress´ defense forced three turnovers, which led to 14 points. The Centurions, meanwhile, didn´t commit a turnover. "We lost the game for ourselves. We know it," Marrujo said. "They´re a good football team and against a good ballclub, you can not do that." Cypress tied the score, 21-21, in dramatic fashion, too. With seven seconds left in the third quarter, Vanderipe scored on a 1-yard run to cap a quick, 64-yard drive in the final 1:14. of the third. The drive was sparked by a 72-yard completion from Vanderipe to Saumur on an inside receiver screen. After a holding penalty, Saumur took a short pass and raced down the Cypress sideline to Valencia´s 2-yard line, setting up Vanderipe´s second touchdown run.

Irvine fails to stop Fletcher, Valencia The Tigers' star back leads them to a 38-14 victory in the quarterfinals.

By TIM BURT
The OCVarsity.com

IRVINE - Irvine tried to devise a plan to contain Valencia senior running back Wes Fletcher on Friday night. But like so many teams this season, the Vaqueros had little success. Fletcher rushed for 278 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 38-14 victory over Irvine in the second round of the CIF-SS Southern Division playoffs at Irvine High. Valencia (8-2-1) advances into the semifinals next week against the winner of the Anaheim-Cypress game to be played Saturday.

"It was probably one of our best games this year," Fletcher said. "Everyone doubted us, but we just played smash-mouth football as Valencia does." Irvine (8-3) scored on its opening drive when quarterback D.J. Crumlich connected with Chris Hong on a 36-yard touchdown pass with 10:08 left in the first quarter. But Valencia took over after that, scoring on its next four drives.

Fletcher scored on a 1-yard TD run midway through the first quarter to tie the score. Then, he scored on runs of 23 and 3 yards in the second quarter to help the Tigers take a 21-7 lead. Jesse Sandoval kicked a 25-yard field goal late in the second quarter to give Valencia a 24-7 lead. "It´s not just Fletcher, it´s their O-line," Irvine coach Terry Henigan said. "I might have run through some of those holes. He´s a great running back but up front they took it to us and we knew we were going to have a hard time with them.

"They´ve got the complete package." With Fletcher dominating the game, Valencia quarterback Dave Pina only passed twice, completing both attempts for 25 yards. Crumlich completed 20 of 34 passes for 215 yards but Kelii Jackson intercepted two of his passes. Nate Jeffries hauled in 11 catches for 91 yards for Irvine.
 

Valencia grinds out triumph over Savanna 58-28

By Lou Ponsi
The Orange County Register

PLACENTIA -Valencia´s sustained ground attack led by Wes Fletcher, combined with an impressive passing performance from Dave Pina, were too much for Savanna to contend with in a Southern Division first round game played Saturday at Valencia High.

Fletcher carried 30 times for 215 yards and four touchdowns and Pina completed seven of 12 passes for 130 yards and scores to lead tigers to a 58-28 victory. Valencia (7-2-1) will play Irvine at Irvine High on Friday at 7 p.m. in the second round. "I just thought we played solid football, Valencia coach Mike Murrujo said. "Fletcher had a great game."

The Rebels (7-4) had a few speedy playmakers who kept the game close for a while. After the Tigers punted on the first drive of the game, Dominique Williams ran for a 71-yard touchdown on the Rebels´ first play from scrimmage. Fletcher scored on runs of 6 and 2 yards on the tigers´ next two possessions but then Savanna´s Stephen Jones scooped up a fumble and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown to tie the first quarter.

Jones later scored runs of 41 and 82 yards and finished with 133 yards rushing on 11 carries. "They were fast," Murrujo said of the Rebels. "I knew they would probably bust a few." But the Tigers´ had a few playmakers of their own.

Rikee Collins returned a punt 72 yards to Savanna 8, setting up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Pina to Ben Hahle three plays later. Collins later scored on a 44 yard punt return and had two interceptions, one which set up a touchdown.

Valencia kicker Jesse Sandoval, who was brought up from the junior varsity team, was also impressive. Sandoval licked a 49-tard field goal as time ran out in the first half to put Valencia up 37-21. The field goal was set up by a 43-yard pass completion from Fletcher to Collins on the half back option. The Tigers led 44-28 after the third quarter.

Southern: County breakdown 2007

Southern: County breakdown
OCVarsity.com

Western - The Pioneers' lone loss was to Los Altos and they tied third-seeded Valencia in another nonleague game. Western runs a wing-T offense and has four backs with at least 400 rushing yards, led by Ruben Ortega (1,154 yards, 14 TDs).

Los Amigos - The Lobos were 0-4 against teams that qualified for the playoffs.

Pacifica - The Mariners had victories over Troy and Kennedy, which means they are capable of making a deep run in the playoffs. A potential matchup against top-seeded Western in the second round could change the complection of the upper half of the bracket.

Costa Mesa - The Mustangs were 0-5 against teams that qualified for the playoffs.

Santiago - The Cavaliers closed out the regular season with five consecutive victories to take the Garden Grove League title. Danny Rujchanarong has five 100-yard rushing games this season.

Kennedy - The Fighting Irish closed out the regular season with a 20-0 victory over Valencia, which got the No. 3 seed.

University - The Trojans went undefeated in the regular season for the first time, but had to share the Pacific Coast League title with Laguna Hills. University´s game against Laguna Hills got cancelled because of the wildfires, so a coin flip decided which team would be the league´s No. 1 representative and Laguna Hills won. A potential quarterfinal matchup against Kennedy could be very interesting.

Santa Ana Valley - The Falcons closed out the regular season with impressive victories over Magnolia and Savanna to clinch the Orange League´s third playoff berth.

Valencia - The Tigers tied top-seeded Western in a nonleague game and pulled out a 21-20 victory over Pacifica in an Empire League. A 20-0 loss to Kennedy in the regular-season finale is a bit troubling, but the Tigers have the potential to make a run in the playoffs.

Savanna - The Rebels went 7-1 to start the season, which included an impressive 35-21 triumph over Anaheim, but the closed out the regular season with back-to-back losses against Western, 65-7, and Santa Ana Valley, 37-26. Which Savanna team will show up for the playoffs?

Estancia - The Eagles won the Orange Coast League title, but the Orange Coast happens to be the weakest league in the Southern Division. Estancia would have had a hard time finishing in the top three in the Empire, Pacific Coast or Orange Leagues.

Irvine - The Vaqueros' only two losses were against second-seeded Laguna Hills and fourth-seeded University. Irvine should get past Estancia to set up a good quarterfinal matchup against the Valencia-Savanna winner.

Anaheim - The Colonists gave top-seeded Western all it could handle in a 22-17 loss in the regular-season finale. The Colonists, who reached the Southern Division finals last year, have the potential to make some noise in the playoffs.

Garden Grove - The Argonauts struggled outside of the Garden Grove League, but they won five of their last six games to close out the regular season and take the league´s No. 2 spot. Getting past Anaheim in the first round will be a tough task.

Laguna Hills - A victory over Trabuco Hills, the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Division, and three dominant victories over Corona del Mar, Beckman and Irvine in league games helped the Hawks nab the No. 2 seed in the Southern Division.

Cypress - The Centurions performed admirably in their losses against Fullerton, Pacifica and Kennedy, who all qualified for the playoffs, and they closed out the regular season with back-to-back victories over Loara and Katella.

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Cypress 3-2-0 7-3-0
Kennedy 0-5-0 2-8-0
Pacifica 4-1-0 9-1-0
Tustin 3-2-0 8-2-0
Valencia 4-1-0 6-4-0
Western 1-4-0 4-6-0

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