Capistrano Valley 38, Valencia 7
Valencia 0 0 0 7 — 7
Capistrano Valley 14 17 0 7 — 38
Rushing: Val, Oropeza 13-31, Perez 8-25, Sandoval 7-14. CV, Werner 1-20, Haley 1-14, Munoz 1-2
Passing: Val, Charles 9-24-2-79. CV, Manning 24-38-1-301.
Receiving: Val, Paine 2-39, Watkins 2-32, Burgos 1-4. CV, Munoz 6-91, Dyer 7-87, Blethen 7-38.
By Dan Arritt Correspondent OC Register
MISSION VIEJO >> Capistrano Valley started the season right against Valencia for the second consecutive year, surging to a sizable early lead before cruising to a 38-7 victory Friday night at Capistrano Valley High.
Capistrano Valley junior quarterback Nathan Manning threw four of his five touchdown passes in the first half and finished 24 of 38 for 301 yards and one interception.
The Cougars beat Valencia, 34-0, in the season opener last year and went on to finish 12-2 and advance to the CIF-SS Division 5 final, where they lost to Calabasas, 35-14, in their first final since 1990.
Manning threw for eight touchdowns with no interceptions last season in a back-up role, and was also third on the team in receiving. “It’s not his first time under the lights, but you know it’s the first time starting a game at quarterback,” Capistrano Valley coach Ernie Bucher said. “He threw the ball real well.”
Manning completed 18 of 26 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as the Cougars built a 31-0 advantage.
He was 5 of 5 on the opening drive for 78 yards, capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass to Michael Dyer, who broke a pair of tackles en route to the end zone.
Zach Ritner, who had 18 sacks for Capistrano Valley last season, ended Valencia’s opening drive
with a fourth-down sack.
James Giles and Justin Burk had firsthalf interceptions for the Cougars. “The defense played well,” Bucher said. “Really controlled the line of scrimmage and took away their ability to run the ball for big yardage.” Jake Meyer out-jumped a Valencia defender to secure a 46-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0.
Matt Blethen caught a 4-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter to make it 21-0.
Ben Selecky added a 34-yard field goal before Gianni Munoz followed Burk’s interception with a 6-yard TD catch.
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Hello Tiger Football Families:
My name is Steve Valenzuela and I’m with the Football Booster Club. We are in need of volunteers to work the Chain Gang at all home games for the Freshman and JV teams this year. Chain Gang duty entails 3 volunteers per game moving the chains after every offensive first down. It is fairly easy and the referee will generally tell you when to move them. You get to watch the game on the field and all volunteers working the chain gang receive a hot dog/hamburger and a coke free of charge at the snack shack. Kids who volunteer will receive community service hours toward their 40 hour requirement.
The first game is around the corner and we are in desperate need of volunteers. Please participate!
Chain gang volunteers are needed for the following dates and times:
Thursday September 7 at 3:15 @ Bradford Stadium vs Brea (2 volunteers)
Thursday September 21 at 3:15 @ Bradford Stadium vs Troy (3 volunteers)
Thursday October 5 at 3:15 @ Bradford Stadium vs Cypress (1 volunteer)
Thursday October 12 at 3:15 @ Bradford Stadium vs Western (2 volunteers)
Thursday November 2 at 3:15 @ Bradford Stadium vs Pacifica (3 volunteers)
Thursday August 24 at 3:15 @ Bradford Stadium vs Capo Valley (2 volunteers)
Thursday August 31 at 3:15 @ Bradford Stadium vs Yorba Linda (2 volunteers)
Thursday September 14 at 3:15 @ Bradford Stadium vs El Dorado (2 volunteers)
Thursday October 19 at 3:15 @ Bradford Stadium vs Tustin (2 volunteers)
Friday October 26 at 3:15 @ Bradford Stadium vs JFK (2 volunteers)
Thank you to those of you who have already signed up. We appreciate the support!
If you would like to volunteer, please email Boosters@valenciatigers.com your name, phone number, email address and which game you want to work. You will get a reminder email and text the day before the game you signed up for. Thanks again!
8/25 7:00p Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, CA)
Location: Capistrano Valley High School
9/1 7:00p @ Yorba Linda (Yorba Linda, CA)
Location: Yorba Linda High School
9/8 7:00p Brea Olinda (Brea, CA)
Location: Valencia High School
9/15 7:00p @ El Dorado (Placentia, CA)
Location: El Dorado High School
9/21 7:00p Troy (Fullerton, CA)
Location: Valencia High School
10/5 7:00p Cypress (Cypress, CA) *
Location: Valencia High School
10/13 7:00p Western (Anaheim, CA) *
Location: Valencia High School - Home Coming
10/20 7:00p Tustin (Tustin, CA) *
Location: Tustin High School
10/27 7:00p @ Kennedy (La Palma, CA) *
Location: Handle Stadium
11/3 7:00p Pacifica (Garden Grove, CA) *
Location: Valencia High School
League Game = *
TIM TUTTLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER OCRegister
Placentia * Etiwanda scored two fourth-period touchdowns to defeat Valencia, 24-14, in a wellplayed CIF-SS Division 4 first-round game Friday night on the Tigers’ field.
It was a game of contrasting styles. Valencia, which had won three straight, ran a ball-control, running offense. Etiwanda countered with a no-huddle, hurry-up spread. Trailing 10-7, the Tigers (4-7) drove 95 yards on 19 running plays with its first possession of the second half to take a 14-10 lead on quarterback Sam Lydic’s 1-yard sneak with 19.3 seconds left in the third period.
Valencia star Jahquon Speed, who had 149 yards on 30 carries, had 46 yards on 10 carries on the drive. Fullback Ronnie Velasquez contributed 23 yards rushing on three carries.
Etiwanda (5-6) took the ensuing kickoff and Kasmir Dina, a 5-foot-5, 145-pound senior, took advantage of the spread to run for 25 yards on five carries and quarterback Tommy McDonnell completed a 10-yard pass to Hunter Black to the 4.
After Valencia stopped Dina for no gain on back-to-back plays, Evan Gutierrez ran 4 yards out of the wildcat for the go-ahead touchdown.
Valencia put together a fourth-quarter drive, reaching the Eagles’ 39, but fumbled the opportunity away.
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Etiwanda Eagles football playoff game @ Valencia on Friday, November 11 @ 7p.
Click here: 2016 CIF Southern Section High School Football Playoff Brackets Division 4
Etiwanda (4-6) vs. Valencia (4-6) Where, when: Valencia High, 7 p.m.
Outlook: Etiwanda finished fourth in the six-team Baseline League in which state No. 5 Rancho Cucamonga was league champion. The Eagles had lost three in a row before a 46-42 win over Damien of La Verne last week. Valencia was 0-5 in nonleague play before going 4-1 in the Empire League to share the league title with Tustin. Valencia beat Tustin and Cypress over the past two weeks. The winner plays the Carter-Lompoc winner.
ANAHEIM * Speed very well may kill, but it also proved to be the key ingredient in Valencia High’s newfound life.
With a pair of seasons hanging in the balance on Friday night, it’s all a matter of perspective when considering how Jahquon Speed capped the regular season.
The Tigers senior running back racked up a career-high 358 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries, leading Valencia to a thrilling 28-26 victory over Cypress in an Empire League game at Western High.
On the backs of Speed and the offensive line, Valencia (4-6, 4-1) captured a share of the Empire League title with Tustin (8-2, 4-1) and also likely qualified for the Division 4 playoffs despite opening the season with an 0-5 record.
“The players, the coaches, the boosters, the community – everybody has been so supportive,” Tigers coach Shawn Racobs said. “Considering the situation we were in, these kids kept fighting back each and every week. They improved every week and they hung in there. The most important thing that they did was believe in themselves.”
While the Tigers celebrated on one side of the field, there was a noticeable sense of uncertainty on the Cypress sideline just minutes after it nearly erased a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit.
The Centurions (6-4, 2-3) dropped to fourth place in league with the loss, and will have to wait to see if their name is called Sunday as an atlarge team in Division 9. “I think we’ve done enough to get in,” Cypress coach Rick Feldman said. “Our league is a lot tougher than people think. Based on the way it looks, I like our chances of getting in, but I’m not counting on it because you never know.” The Centurions had no answer for Speed, who accounted for all but 21 of the Tigers’ yards. Valencia led, 28-13, at halftime.
Cypress quarterback Alex Ashcraft tossed a 27-yard TD pass to Cameron Repetti with 7:46 to play, cutting the deficit to eight. The Centurions’ signal caller later capped a nine-play, 84-yard scoring drive with a 2-yard keeper, putting his squad within a 2point conversion of overtime.
Ashcraft’s pass attempt on the ensuing conversion sailed just past the outstretched arms of Noah Zuzuarregui, sending the Valencia sideline into a frenzy with one minute left on the clock.
“Obviously this one stinks,” Feldman said. “We could’ve gone in the tank and said we’re going to lose. But they fought back all the way to the last second. I could be happier, but I can’t be prouder.”
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By TIM TUTTLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER OCRegister
PLACENTIA * Resurgent Valencia pried open the door to a possible Empire League championship with a 28-20 victory over Tustin on Friday on the Tigers’ field. Valencia snapped Tustin’s six-game winning streak and tied the Tillers on top of the league with 3-1 records.
“When we were 0-5, we could have folded and they didn’t,” first-year Valencia coach Shawn Racobs said. “If we beat Cypress next week, a very good team, we’re Empire League champions.”
Valencia running back Jahquon Speed rushed for 207 yards on 25 carries. His 70yard, off-tackle, run-to-daylight blast in the fourth quarter for a touchdown put the Tigers (3-6) ahead 28-20.
“Speed did an outstanding job,” Racobs said. “He exploded when we needed him to and read the holes for those tough yards. And he played every down on defense.” The Tigers defense had to contend with Tustin star runner KC Carr, Orange County’s leading rusher entering the game. Carr had 119 yards on 25 carries including 5- and 6-yard touchdown runs. He also caught two passes for 43 yards.
Tied at 14 at halftime, Valencia drove 77 yards on nine plays for a touchdown on its opening possession of the third period to take a 21-14 lead. Michael Carrasco spun out of the Tillers’ grasp at the line of scrimmage and ran 16 yards for the score. Marvis Burgos kicked the PAT.
Tustin (7-2) struck back with a 67-yard scoring march on four plays. Quarterback Sagel Simon found tight end Gregory Kimball wide open down the middle for a 57-yard gain to the Valencia 15. Carr ran in for the touchdown from the 6 two plays later. The PAT was wide and Valencia led, 2120.
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By TIM TUTTLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER OCRegister
ANAHEIM Elusive Jahquon Speed scored four touchdowns in his opening eight carries to lead Valencia to a 51-7 rout over Western an Empire League game Thursday at Western High.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior, who was slowed by injuries early in the season, had scoring runs of 70, 3, 45 and 26 yards less than 16 minutes into the game.
Speed rushed for 186 yards on nine carries, all in the first half. The Tigers’ Michael Carrasco added 114 yards on seven carries including a 43yard touchdown run, which ended with Valencia leading 45-0. Valencia played its second- team offense for the entire second half, which was played with a running clock.
It was the second win for Valencia (2-6, 2-1) under first-year coach Shawn Racobs. “Jahquon Speed played great, ran hard and he also plays cornerback on defense,” Racobs said. “Michael Carrasco plays fullback and running back for us and he’s a tough, hard runner.
It was a good victory for us.” Valencia also had two interceptions returned for touchdowns, a 43-yarder by defensive end Nathan Perez and a 42-yarder by Joshua Carrera.
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By KENNY CONNOLLY STAFF WRITER OCRegister
PLACENTIA * These are the types of wins Kennedy coach Sean Clark hopes he can circle and look back on in a few years, pinpointing the noticeable growth from his program. Having not beaten Valencia in any of the past eight seasons, the Fighting Irish used senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez’s 289-yard, two touchdown performance to knock off the host Tigers, 24-14, in an Empire League game at Valencia High.
Kennedy (5-2, 2-0) has reeled off four consecutive wins, setting up a huge showdown with league favorite Tustin next Thursday for what should be sole possession of first place in the league standings. “It’s special,” Clark said of topping the Tigers. “Valencia has been the gold standard of the Empire League for a long time.”
The Fighting Irish took a 10-0 lead into halftime, scoring on a 36-yard screen pass from Rodriguez to Gabriel Solorzano on the first drive of the game, and a 33yard field goal from Rodriguez in the second quarter.
Quarterback Sam Lydic and Valencia (1-6, 1-1) finally got rolling in the third quarter. Lydic’s 5-yard keeper capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive to open the second half. His 72-yard scamper on the Tigers’ next series set up Jahquon Speed’s 9-yard TD run, putting Valencia up, 14-10.
But Kennedy scored the final 14 points of the evening in the fourth quarter. Ramirez hooked up with Solorzano for a 39-yard score. Alonza Pineda sealed the victory with a 1-yard touchdown plunge.
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