PLACENTIA Edison simply had too much firepower for Valencia to contend with in a
Southwest Division quarterfinal Friday night at Valencia High School. Top-seeded
Edison scored 24 points in the second quarter to turn the contest into a rout by
halftime , and when the final gun sounded, the Chargers advanced with a 52-14
victory. The 52 points are a season high for the Chargers (11-1).
"We wanted to get it going (early)," said Edison Coach Dave White - who won his
200th career game - of his team´s quick start. Edison (11-1) will play host to
Foothill in a semifinal, which will be played Friday at Orange Coast College.
The big lead allowed White to remove quarterback Aleksander Torgersen and other
skill players midway through the third quarter. Torgersen still completed 12 of
20 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Edison´s strength all season has
been its defense, and that was the case again as the Chargers allowed two
touchdowns - one coming late in the contest - for only the second time this
season. The Tigers (8-4) started most drives deep in their own territory and
rarely crossed into Edison territory.
Elijah Herrera´s 25-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Edison a 14-0
lead in the first quarter. Toregersen´s 16-yard touchdown pass to Trevor
Borkowski made it score 21-0 in the second quarter. Herrera scored again on an
81-yard reception from Torgersen to make it 35-7. One Valencia highlight was an
interception and 22-yard return by Jake Watkins.
The interception set up quarterback Jesse Godoy´s 6-yard touchdown run, which
got the Tigers on the board. White was given a plaque on the sideline in front
of the Edison fans after the contest to commemorate his milestone. "This is for
every coach and every player," White said. "It is a privilege and an honor to be
at Edison High School."
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PLACENTIA Valencia set an early tone with two quick touchdowns and were in
control throughout in a 31-13 victory over Sonora in a first-round Southwest
Division game Friday at Valencia High. The Tigers (8-3) won the coin flip
against Edison to determine home field for the second round and will play host
to the top-seeded Charges next Friday.
Valencia quarterback Jesse Godoy injured his right knee on a 5-yard run in the
third quarter and spent the rest of the game sitting on a trainer´s table on the
sideline. Tigers coach Mike Marrujo didn´t know if Godoy would be ready to play
against Edison."I hope it´s just a sprain," Marrujo said.
Sonora (5-6) had the game´s first possession but fumbled the ball away on the
third play. The Tigers took over on the Sonora 33-yard line, and Levi Perez
scored on a 25-yard run three plays into the drive.On Valencia´s next
possession, Perez ran for a 55-yard touchdown to make the score 14-0 less than
four minutes into the contest.
Sonora came back and scored on a 55-yard pass from Kyle Mahlstede to Matthew
Villasenor, but the Raiders couldn´t do much offensively from that point.Credit
the Tigers defense, which sacked Mahlstede three times - two recorded by Jesse
Gonzalez - and grabbed three interceptions.
For the second week in a row, Mahlstede put up impressive numbers in a losing
effort. The senior completed 19 of 40 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown.
Before leaving the game, Godoy completed eight of 15 passes for 73 yards and
rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
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By JOHN WILKINSON
FOR THE REGISTER
PLACENTIA Valencia ended the regular-season with a 35-0 Empire League victory
over Cypress Friday at Valencia High. Quarterback Jesse Godoy had 128 rushing
yards to go along with 84 yards through the air on an efficient 10 of 13
passing. His partner in the option attack was running back Levi Perez, who ran
for 87 yards on 15 carries.
Valencia (7-3, 5-1) finishes second in the Empire League, earning one of the
league´s three playoff berths. Cypress (4-6, 2-4) misses the playoffs for the
first time since 2006.
Cypress tried to pound the ball on the ground with running back Jake Brito, but
despite Brito gaining 109 yards on 18 carries, the Centurions could not get into
the end zone. Perez scored on the game´s opening drive and Jesse Gonzalez hit a
pair of field goals in the first half, one from 40 yards and another from 36, to
give the Tigers a 13-0 lead at halftime.
Brito provided an explosive start to the second half when he broke free up the
left sideline for 69 yards before being caught at the Valencia 11.-The drive
quickly stalled, however, as the Centurions turned the ball over on downs.
Valencia added to the lead late in the third quarter as Godoy threw to Anthony
Larrasquitu for a 25-yard touchdown.
Rushing touchdowns by Godoy and backup quarterback Matt Ruff put the game out of
reach in the fourth quarter. Valencia extended the lead to 35-0 when Gonzalez
completed a pass to Hayden Keefe for two-points.
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By DEVIN UGLAND
FOR THE REGISTER
GARDEN GROVE Pacifica and No. 23 Valencia jostled for position all night long,
but one play from Tigers quarterback Jesse Godoy secured the 16-6 Empire League
victory for Valencia Friday night at Bolsa Grande High. Late in the third
quarter, Godoy broke off a 60-yard touchdown run that stretched a lead the
Tigers had gained less than 5 minutes earlier.
Valencia´s Jesse Gonzalez had connected on a 44-yard field goal with 4:11 left
in the first quarter for the Tigers´ only points of the opening half. Nick
Howard hooked up with Avery Watson on a 37-yard touchdown pass with 2:58
remaining in the opening half, giving Pacifica (4-4, 2-2) a 6-3 lead at the
Levi Perez punched in a 5-yard rushing touchdown with 4:52 left in the third
quarter, giving Valencia (6-3, 4-1) a 10-6 lead. On Pacifica´s next possession,
the Mariners were forced to punt the ball away as the Valencia defense held
strong with 2:20 to go in the third.
That´s when Godoy put the finishing touches on the victory. The 60-yard score
was the senior´s longest carry of day. Godoy carried 23 times for 156 yards.
Perez finished with 13 carries for 63 yards. While the Pacifica offense
struggled on the night, coach Marcello Giuliano said that his defense did what
it was supposed to do. It held Pacifica to just 10 yards total rushing yards for
The Mariners loss also marked the last game that famed Pacifica fan "Peter
Pacifica" would be able to attend. Peter supported the Mariners through 507
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PLACENTIA Valencia converted Yorba Linda´s early miscues into points and then
finished strong in the fourth quarter en route to a 35-14 victory in a key
Empire League game Friday at Valencia High. The victory keeps the Tigers (5-3,
3-1) in second place behind Tustin with two games remaining. Yorba Linda (5- - ,
- ) likely three remaining games for a shot at the playoffs.
Quarterback Jesse Godoy completed 9 of 11 passes for 92 yards and three
touchdowns and running back Levi Perez carried 19 times for 110 yards and two
touchdowns to lead the Tigers. The Tigers also won the battle in the trenches.
"A lot of guys were making plays on both sides of the ball," Valencia coach Mike
The Tigers started their first drive on the Yorba Linda 47 and ended it on a
14-yard scoring run by Perez. On the ensuing possession, the Mustangs fumbled on
their first play. Three plays later, Godoy connected with Jake Watkins for a
20-yard touchdown to make the score 14-0.
Yorba Linda fought back to tie on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Summers
to Nate Klinkenberg and a 59-yard scoring run by Brayden Massie. Late in the
third quarter, Godoy found Jack Van Dam for an 8-yard score to get the lead back
for the Valencia.
Watkins then made an interception to set up Godoy´s third touchdown pass, this
one to Isaiah Easley for 5 yards. Valencia´s best drive of the game was its last
one. Ahead 28-14, the Tigers started on their 32 with 9:17 remaining in the
contest. Fourteen plays later, Perez scored on an 11-yard run, leaving just 1:27
on the clock.
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By BRIAN WHITEHEAD
FOR THE REGISTER
ANAHEIM When high school football historians reminisce about this muchballyhooed
Season of the Quarterback, Valencia´s Jesse Godoy will be but a footnote in the
book Orange County signal callers are authoring weekly.
Yet, given the inconstancy around him thus far this season, the 5-foot-9 senior
certainly has earned his own chapter.Playing without star halfback Gabe Perez
for the second consecutive game, Godoy´s 294 total yards from scrimmage and
three touchdown passes led the Tigers (4-3, 3-1) in a 48-0 Empire League victory
over Western on Thursday evening at Western High.
Valencia tight end Jack Van Dam caught three balls for 100 yards and two scores,
and wideout Jake Watkins hauled in four passes, including a touchdown, as Godoy
connected with five targets.The Tigers´ defense was equally stellar, holding the
Pioneers (3-4, 0-3) to just 30 yards of offense and two first downs. Despite recovering
the opening kickoff at Valencia´s 22-yard line, Western
turned the ball over on downs after three plays that produced negative yardage.
The Tigers´ offense needed eight plays on the ensuing drive, including a 31-yard
run by Godoy, to take the early lead on Watkins´ 8-yard TD grab.Later, Godoy hit
Van Dam in stride down the middle of the field for a 67-yard catchand-run score.
Levi Perez capped the visitors´ third consecutive scoring drive with a 4-yard TD
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PLACENTIA The versatility of the Tustin offense was on display Friday night. The
eighth-ranked Tillers, known for their grind-it-out, ground-and pound offense,
took care of a persistent Valencia team Friday night, scoring fast and
deliberately. Tustin (6-0, 2-0) had a pair of 80-yard touchdown runs, a 40-yard
interception return for a score and for good measure, a 17-play, 61-yard scoring
drive in the third quarter, helping to the Tillers a 49-21 Empire League victory
over the Tigers (3-3, 1-1).
"They´re a tough defensive team," Tustin coach Myron Miller said of Valencia.
"We´re doing some new things on offense. We broke some nice options ... I´m
pleased with the offense." That is an understatement. Through the season´s first
six games, the Tillers are averaging 42.6 points a game. Tustin didn´t crack the
40-point barrier until the fourth quarter, but it came at the perfect time.
Valencia cut the Tustin lead to 35-21 on the final play of the third quarter.
The Tigers then held Tustin on a fourth-and-6, but before momentum could fully
swing to Valencia, Tustin linebacker Ed Tandy intercepted a pass and raced 40
yards for the touchdown and a 42-21 lead. "He´s a game-changer," Miller said of
On the next Tustin possession, Terence Martinez raced 80 yards for a touchdown
and the 49-21 lead. "I think we can get better," Martinez said. "We still have a
lot of young players on the line, but with practice, we´ll get better." Martinez
led the Tillers with 191 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns. DaVonte Young
also had an 80-yard touchdown run. He finished with 168 yards on 13 carries.
"Once you break the defense down, you get the big runs," Martinez said. "Threes
and fours (yard gains), that´s the key ... then you can break it. "Coach Miller
told us at halftime to keep pounding and pounding (on offense) and we will get
them tired. That´s what our offense does." The Tillers did just that in the
third quarter. Starting on their 39, the Tillers ate up time and yards, at their
Aside from a pair of 15-yard runs, the Tillers didn´t gain more than five yards
on any running play, eventually moving the ball down to the Valencia 8. From
there, Tustin quarterback Quinnton Roberson went in from the 8 for the score and
the 35-14 lead. The drive lasted 10:26. However, on the final play of the third
quarter, Valencia quarterback Jesse Godoy connected with Jake Watkins for a
22-yard touchdown pass to get to 35-21, but that was as close as the Tigers
would get. "This was a game for a long time," Miller said. "They were 3-2,
(Mike) Marrujo is a great coach, they were outmanned but found a way to stay in
this game for a long, long time.
Valencia played without star Gabe Perez, who missed the game with an undisclosed
injury. The Tillers led 14-0 midway through the first quarter. After a Tommy
Torres 2-yard touchdown for Valencia, Young struck quickly for the Tillers.
Young took the handoff and went 80 yards for the touchdown and a 21-7 lead.
Godoy kept the Tigers within striking distance with his 9-yard touchdown pass to
Isaiah Easley in the second. Tustin took a 28-14 lead into halftime on Young´s
4-yard score with 2:27 remaining.
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By BRIAN WHITEHEAD
FOR THE REGISTER
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ANAHEIM If predicating the outcome of a high school football game was as
cut-and-dry as solving a math problem, then Valencia had no chance of pulling
out its Empire League opener on Saturday night.
Yet, despite losing halfback Gabe Perez because of injury in the second quarter
and despite surrendering a handful of big plays defensively, the Tigers (3-2,
1-0) put together a big second half to top Kennedy, 24-13, at Western High.
"This was our biggest game of the year; the league opener," Valencia coach Mike
Marrujo said. "Our guys played much better in the second half, and that´s where
we won the game."
Tigers quarterback Jesse Godoy threw for 235 yards and two scores, and wideout
Jake Watkins hauled in nine balls for 134 yards and a touchdown as the visitors
piled up almost 400 yards of total offense. "Our kids made plays when we needed
them tonight," Marrujo said. "(Jake) Watkins had a nice game and so did Jesse
(Godoy). I thought our offense did a good job keeping its composure in the
Trailing by three early in the third quarter, Godoy connected with a wide-open
Jack Van Dam for a 66-yard score that gave the visitors the lead for good. After
Valencia´s defense halted a potential go-ahead drive by Kennedy in the fourth,
Watkins punctuated a drive that included three third-down conversations with a
28-yard TD grab on a fourth-and-5."Defensively we got a bunch of big stops in
the second half," Marrujo said. "I´m proud of the way our kids kept playing." On
the Tigers´ first possession of the evening, Irish defensive back Philip
Anderson took an interception 75 yards the other way for the game´s opening
After the TD, and blocked extra point, Valencia sustained a 10-play scoring
drive that culminated in a 3-yard TD run by Perez. A 23-yard field goal by Jesse
Gonzalez three possessions later gave the visitors a 10-6 lead. Late in the
second quarter, Kennedy (1-4, 0-1) used two big plays to set up a 1-yard TD run
by quarterback Taylor Elliott.
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By MATTHEW JAMES
FOR THE REGISTER
PLACENTIA The solid effort of Valencia running back Gabe Perez was enough for
the Tigers to defeat their crosstown rival El Dorado, 14-7, in the 41st annual
"Battle of the Bell" at Valencia High on Friday. In the process, the Tigers
(2-2) reclaimed the coveted bell from the Golden Hawks (1-3) and improved their
alltime record over El Dorado to 21-20."This is a great game for us (and) for
our community," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said. "It´s just a great win."
The Golden Hawks´ defense came out strong in the first quarter with sacks by
seniors Levi Sweet and Bryton Jarvis and solid coverage from the secondary. A
missed field goal by Tigers kicker Jesse Gonzales left the game scoreless after
one period of play.
Gabe Perez´s 2-yard touchdown run gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 10:20
remaining in the first half. He would come in to score again on a 1-yard drive
with 8:16 left in the third quarter, bringing his total to 24 carries for 104
yards and two touchdowns.
Valencia junior Tom Torres rushed six times for 24 yards and senior Jesse Godoy
picked up 18 yards on five carries while also completing 5 of 9 attempts for 80
yards. El Dorado had the chance to tie the game with the ball on the 1-yard line
and less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. But the Tigers´ defense
was able to hold off the Hawks and senior Hayden Dunn who rushed 14 times for 66
yards. Dunn picked up El Dorado´s only touchdown on a 7-yard run to tie the
score with just more than 2 minutes remaining in the first half.
Senior Cory Wildhagen lead the Golden Hawks in rushing with 13 carries for 72
yards. Wildhagen also completed 7 of 13 attempts for 70 yards, including a
25-yard pass to junior Kyle Wilson as the seconds ticked off the clock in the
"The defense made some big plays on that goal line stand," Marrujo said. "That
was a tough situation. It was a team win."
Valencia will face off in its first league game of the year against Kennedy
(1-3) next Saturday at Western High. El Dorado will look to turn their season
around as they kick off their league games versus Canyon (2-2) on Friday at
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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.
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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.
By DAN ALBANO
PLACENTIA - Villa Park football coach Dusan Ancich wasn't expecting the sharpest performance from his team Thursday at Valencia. The Spartans had four players out because of injuries, including three who were banged up in a season-opening victory at Righetti of Santa Maria.
No. 14 Villa Park hurt itself with penalties but received a spark in the second half from its defense and running back Meki Tafuna to post a 24-7 victory against the No. 23 Tigers.Tafuna rushed for 110 of his 151 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to lead the Spartans. Both of the senior's scoring runs came after interceptions by Villa Park's secondary. The Spartans (2-0) overcame 14 penalties for 124 yards.
"We kind of had that kind of a week of practice, so it's nice to come in here and get a win," Ancich said. "Our defense played really well. ... I'm proud of the guys who filled in for other guys." After a scoreless first half, Villa Park capitalized on two picks from its secondary early in the third quarter to open a 14-0 lead.
Tafuna (6-foot-0, 225 pounds) broke a 30-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead just two plays after an interception by Derek Kendrick at the Valencia 33. On the ensuing Valencia possession, Villa Park's Ralph Valle intercepted a pass at the Tigers 41. Ten plays later, Tafuna scored on a 1-yard touchdown run as the Spartans opened a 14-0 lead.
Valencia (1-1) quickly responded as quarterback Matt Ruff rolled slightly to his right before throwing back to his left for an 80-yard TD pass to Gabriel Perez on the first play of the Tigers' next possession. But Valencia's response was short-lived. The Tigers didn't score again.
Villa Park held Valencia to 86 yards rushing and 116 passing. The Spartans also forced three turnovers. Perez finished with 38 yards on 10 carries. Kendrick, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior, shined at cornerback. He had a sack and a few big hits.
Villa Park extended its lead to 21-7 early in the fourth as junior tight end Luis Vecchio capped a 61-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Dylan Osborne with 9:10 left in the fourth. Vecchio, also a defensive end, also had a sack and a fumble recovery.
Tafuna also played well at linebacker and finished with 27 carries. He credited his offensive line of Dimitri Medenas, Nick Whitton, Chad Buller, Chaz Murakami and his brother, Juni Tafuna. "It feels good to run behind my line," Meki Tafuna said. "To be able to come out on top and beat these guys, it's a great blessing."
Villa Park had the best chance to score in the first half. With 50 seconds left in the second quarter, Osborne completed consecutive passes to drive the Spartans from their 43 to the Valencia 15 with 20 seconds left. But Valencia's defense forced two incomplete passes as the first half ended scoreless. Next week, Villa Park takes on Edison in a duel of Southwest Division contenders.
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Wildcats running back Lorenzo Marks tallies 110 yards on the ground.
BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
BREA -- Valencia's much-anticipated 2012 football season couldn't have started much worse.
The Tigers - a team many people expected to bounce back from a rough 1-9 campaign last year - trailed after the first play of the game, then went three-and-out on their first offensive possession, then fell behind by 10 shortly thereafter. Yet, a force-fed rushing attack led by halfback Gabe Perez and uarterback Jesse Godoy spearheaded Valencia's come-from-behind, 21-16 victory over Brea Olinda on Friday night at Brea Olinda High.
Perez finished with 95 yards (77 in the first half) on 13 carries and a pair of scores, and Godoy added 45 to go along with 60 yards passing as the Tigers (1-0) totaled more than 200, clock-controlling yards on the ground. Playing without electrifying halfback Josh Vizcaya, who was strategically held out of the game because of an injury, Wildcats running back Lorenzo Marks carried the load with 20 carries for 110 yards.
On Brea's first play from scrimmage, wideout Jordan Brown took a swing pass from quarterback Auggie Buoncuore 80 yards to the end zone for the game's opening score. The Wildcats (0-1) then followed a three-and-out by Valencia with an 80-yard drive that produced a fourth-and-goal from the Tigers 1-yard line. Later
in the first period, a false start forced the hosts to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Thomas Bouldin.
Down two scores midway through the first, Valencia responded with a six-play drive (five runs, one pass) that resulted in a 34-yard rushing TD by Perez. Perez then capped another run-heavy drive with his second rushing TD, a 3-yard score that gave the Tigers a 14-10 lead.
By the break, Valencia used five different ballcarriers for its 19 rushing plays and outgained Brea, 147 to 72, on the ground. After receiving the second-half kickoff, the Tigers used a long third-down completion in Wildcats territory to set up four consecutive running plays, the last - a 4-yard touchdown run by Matt Ruff - gave the visitors a two-score lead. A 20-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown connection between Buoncuore and Derek Anderson capped the scoring.
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