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PLACENTIA > It has been three long years since Fullerton High last celebrated a
postseason victory. While Indians coach Gus Martinez could have done without the
late-game drama, he´ll nevertheless relish the sweet taste of a playoff win.
James Hubbard scored three touchdowns and accounted for 229 yards of total
offense for Fullerton as it narrowly escaped Valencia, 29-21, in a CIFSS
Southwest Division firstround game Friday at Valencia High.
"I´m about to collapse," Martinez joked after the game. "It´s awesome though.
We´ve talked all year about getting back to this point. And through everything
that we´ve been through this season, we´re thrilled to be back in this
position." Fullerton (9-2) will host Los Alamitos (9-2) next week in the
quarterfinals. "We´re back to where we´re supposed to be," Martinez added.
Leading, 22-15, with just more than two minutes left in the fourth quarter,
Hubbard came in motion from his receiver spot, took a handoff from quarterback
Scott Lloyd and raced 85 yards for what looked to be the gameclinching
touchdown. The Indians led, 29-15, with 2:19 to play.
But on Valencia´s ensuing possession, sophomore quarterback Tyler Switzer guided
the Tigers´ offense 80 yards in just three plays. Switzer connected with Jake
Watkins on a 36-yard touchdown pass 44 seconds after Hubbard´s score, cutting
the Indians´ lead to 29-21 with 1:35 remaining.
For the second consecutive week, Valencia (8-3) was forced to play the second
half without its starting quarterback, Patrick Godoy. The junior suffered a
concussion in the second quarter and watched the second half from the sideline.
Switzer relieved Godoy at the start of the third and the offense was unable to
produce any points in his first five drives.
Fullerton recovered the ensuing onside kick and merely had to gain one first
down to put the game out of reach. On a second down play, Lloyd took off on a
quarterback keeper and was stripped of the football. Tigers defensive back Ray
Gonzales recovered the ball in midair at the Valencia 38-yard line, reclaiming
possession with 45 seconds to play.
[ Valencia - Tustin] Photo Gallery
PLACENTIA - Valencia back-up quarterback Tyler Switzer threw an 8-yard
touchdown pass to Anthony Larrasquito on fourth down with 1:29 remaining,
allowing the Tigers to escape with a 14-10 victory over Kennedy on Friday night
in the Empire League finale at Valencia High. The Tigers (8-2, 5-1) claimed the
league´s No. 2 seed in the CIF-SS Southwest Division playoffs.
Kennedy (5-5, 3-3) came 90 seconds short of earning a playoff bid. A win over
Valencia would have catapulted the Fighting Irish into the No. 2 spot. Instead,
they find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture.
Kennedy held a lead at halftime because of Justin Minor´s 50-yard Hail Mary to
Joe Lovetere. The senior brought the ball down in the end zone with no time left
in the second quarter, giving the Fighting Irish a 10-7 advantage.
Valencia starting quarterback Patrick Godoy injured his left ankle midway
through the second quarter and watched the remainder of the game from the
sideline, limping noticeably. With Switzer, the Tigers turned the ball over three times and never got into a
"The defense shut (Kennedy) down in the second half," Mike Marrujo said. "We had
to have that. And we made enough big plays late to get it done."
Valencia´s last drive started on the Kennedy 31 after a 15-yard punt return from
Chach Ben-Yisrael. The Tigers drove to the Fighting Irish 8 and were faced with a fourth-and-2.
Rather than try for a field goal, Marrujo went for the win, and won the gamble.
The kids really played their tails off," Kennedy coach Brit Johnson said. "It´s
a football game and it hurts right now, but hopefully the kids take it as a
learning experience and realize that good things will come from this."
[ Valencia - Kennedy] Photo Gallery
By ADAM MAYA
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Anaheim - Valencia quarterback Pat Godoy took the handoff, lowered his shoulder
and crashed into his center at the 4-yard line, ramming his way into the end
zone. There´s nothing fancy or mysterious about the Tigers offense. No trick
plays or even misdirection. It´s just straight-down-your-throat bully ball.
Valencia claimed second place in the Empire League, separating itself from
Thursday´s opponent, Cypress, with a 41-3 win at Western High.
The victory clinched another playoff berth for the Tigers during the storied
tenure of Coach Mike Marrujo, whose teams have missed the postseason just twice
since he took over in 1981.
Valencia beat up Cypress the Marrujo way, running 50 times for 354 yards.
"At halftime we talked about it, we´re not going to fool around," Marrujo said.
"We´re just going to keep running the football."
The Tigers were relentless, gaining at least 5 yards on 30 of their carries. Tom
Torres ran for 120 yards and Will Van Dam had 130, with both scoring a
touchdown. Godoy threw 10 times and completed six passes, including a 61-yard
touchdown to Jake Watkins.
The first of Godoy´s three touchdown runs came late in the second quarter,
giving Valencia a 20-3 lead at halftime. The junior quarterback rushed a
team-high 18 times for 92 yards. "He really complements our running backs,"
Marrujo said. No. 21 Valencia (7-2, 4-1) was just as dominant on the other side
of the ball. Defensive end Mike Sota had two sacks and defensive end Cody Gores
had an interception and safety.
After Cypress (6-3, 3-2) drove down and kicked a field goal on the game´s
opening possession, the Centurions managed just four more first downs, including
only one in the second half. "Our offensive line won the game for us, them and
the defensive line," Marrujo said. "This is one of the better games we´ve played
[ Valencia - Cypress] Photo Gallery
By ANTONIO MORALES
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
PLACENTIA > Valencia considered it crucial to get out of the gate fast against
Pacifica on Thursday night. The Tigers didn´t exactly dominate the first half,
but they took a touchdown lead into the break and turned it into a 40-14 victory
against the Mariners in an Empire League matchup at Valencia.
Valencia wanted to start strong after falling behind by 20 points last week
against Yorba Linda and eventually losing by seven. "They came out and ran a new
defense they hadn´t run, and they had us going," Tigers coach Mike Marrujo said
of the Mariners. Once we figured it out, we were OK, but they made it awful
tough on us."
Marrujo estimated his team ran about three plays in the second half, and most of
them were power-running plays that Pacifica 2-6, 1-3) couldn´t seem to stop. Tom
Torres was the benefactor of the adjustments. After rushing for just 26 yards on
eight carries in the first half, Torres exploded for 102 in the second half. His
second touchdown, a -yard scoring run, put Valencia (6-2, 3-1) ahead by 19 with
4:16 left in the third.
Nick Howard and Pacifica´s offense threatened to make a game of it once it
reached the Tigers´ 15 on the next possession, but Trent Salcedo stepped in
front of a Howard pass and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown to put the game
out of reach.
Patrick Godoy had a strong performance for Valencia, completing 9 of 12 passes
for 106 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jake Watkins, while also rushing for a
[ Valencia - Pacifica] Photo Gallery
By BRIAN WHITEHEAD
FOR THE REGISTER
YORBA LINDA > It´s supposed to take new football programs more than a year to
establish themselves as legitimate league threats. It´s supposed to take
underclassmen more than a year to mature into dynamic varsity players.
Coaches typically need more than a year to implement their systems, heighten
their respective program´s expectations and develop their personnel. Most new
football programs aren´t like Yorba Linda´s, though. And most football coaches
aren´t like Jeff Bailey.
Four years removed from their inaugural Empire League season, the Mustangs
declared themselves league favorites with a 28-21 victory over Valencia on
Friday at Yorba Linda High. "That´s a great ballclub," Bailey said of Valencia.
"They´re well coached, tough and disciplined. We´re excited about this win."
With perennial league champion Tustin no longer the terror it once was, Yorba
Linda (6-0, 2-0) threw its hat into the ring as the heir apparent to the Empire
It´ll be the fifth-year program´s fourth straight season in contention. "We have
a great group of kids who have worked hard since the start," Bailey said.
"Summers in the offseason, falls in the heat, our kids have bought into our
system. We´re a family. "We´re not the biggest or fastest team, but, man, we
play hard." Scores from Jake Fischbeck and Jimmy Gilles put the Mustangs up,
14-0, early in the first quarter. Valencia´s defense intercepted quarterback
Jake Gigliotti twice in the half.
Its offense, however, couldn´t convert on the ensuing possessions. Yorba Linda
had a 20-0 lead at intermission and was never threatened. "Jake had a great
game, but turnovers almost cost us," Bailey said. "He made plays when we needed,
though. Sometimes plays you design work, and sometimes they don´t." Tom Torres
(85 rushing yards) scored on touchdown runs of 16 and 1 yards for Valencia (5-2,
[ Valencia - Yorba Linda ] Photo Gallery
By TOM CONNOLLY
FOR THE REGISTER
PLACENTIA > Before Friday night´s Empire League game against Western, Valencia
coach Mike Marrujo said his team had played good halves in games this season but
had not played a complete game, yet.
The Tigers might have changed Marrujo´s perception as Valencia cruised to a
convincing 34-7 victory over the Pioneers at Valencia High.
"I´ll take it; we made big plays, and our defense was solid like they´ve been
all year," said Marrujo, who earned his 260th career win.
Patrick Godoy rushed for 107 yards and scored a career-high four touchdowns to
complement the dominating Valencia defensive effort.
The Tigers (5-1, 2-0) have won four consecutive games and moved into first place
as a result of Kennedy´s loss. Yorba Linda, idle this week, is one-half game
back. Valencia has outscored its opponents, 79-14, the past three games.
Trent Salcedo jumpstarted the Tigers´ attack with a 40-yard punt return to the
Pioneers´ 4-yard line midway through the first quarter. One play later, Godoy
scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to give Valencia a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter Will Van Dam darted 63 yards for a touchdown, and Godoy
raced in from 21 yards to score as Valencia built a 21-0-halftime lead. Godoy
added touchdown runs of 4 and 20 yards in the second half. The Tigers defense
led by Mike Vega and Cody Gores stifled Western´s offense as it limited the
Pioneers (2-3, 0-2) to three first downs and 40 yards in the first half. "The
key was that we watched the outside and we stayed contained throughout the
game," Gores said.
Frankie Jorquez and Alex Ojelabi, the two leading rushers in the league, were
held to a combined 40 rushing yards.
[ Valencia - Western ] Photo Gallery
By JOHN W. SCAFETTA
FOR THE REGISTER
TUSTIN > With a new face manning the Tustin sideline, Valencia coach Mike
Marrujo´s goal was simple when it came to showcasing his spread offense Friday
night. Wear down the defensive front and run the ball relentlessly.
Powered by a trio of resourceful running threats, the Tigers did just that.
Senior running back Tom Torres had 17 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown as
Valencia defeated host Tustin, 21-0, in the opening of Empire League play. "I
knew Tustin would play much better and they did," Marrujo said. "The coaches
really got those kids turned around in just a week. We ran our basic plays
tonight and the kids just executed."
The Tigers´ racked up 301 yards as quarterback Patrick Godoy capped Valencia´s
run-heavy, 13-play, first drive with a 10-yard scoring pass to tight end Nick
Coghill at the 4:46 mark of the first quarter.
The Tigers (4-1, 1-0) completed two fourth-down conversions in the drive and
took more than six minutes off the clock. Tustin (0-5, 0-1), playing its first
game under Coach Winter Welz, had only 78 yards. Welz took over for first year
coach Greg Gano, who resigned last week.
With only three days to prepare his team, the Tillers forced three turnovers on
defense and held Valencia to just 187 first-half yards. But ultimately, the
Tigers´ meticulous offense wore down Tustin´s strongwilled defense.
Staked to a 7-0 halftime lead, Valencia owned the play clock for much of the
second half. Torres scored on a 30-yard run to make it 14-0 in the third
[ Valencia - Tustin ] Photo Gallery
PLACENTIA - The sound of the Victory Bell triggers two vastly different
emotions. For the winner, the constant ringing signifies the start of a raucous
community celebration. For the loser, it serves as the constant reminder of what
could have been. After an evenly played first half Friday night, Valencia and El
Dorado were deadlocked vying for the rights to the city´s Victory Bell.
The Tigers´ physically imposing style of play proved to be the difference,
however, as Valencia scored 17 consecutive points in the second half to outlast
El Dorado, 24-7, in the annual Battle of the Bell game played in front of a
packed house at Valencia High. "This is big for the players, but it´s really big
for the community," said Valencia head coach Mike Marrujo. "We won it last year
as well, so we´re really pleased."
After the two Placentia based rivals took a 7-7 tie into halftime, it was
Valencia which came out as the aggressor in the second half. The Tigers (3-1)
opened the third quarter with a methodical 13-play, 75-yard scoring drive.
Valencia ran the ball 10 times, and only went to the air on three occasions
before running back Tom Torres capped the drive with a bruising 8-yard touchdown
run to reclaim a 14-7 advantage.
The Golden Hawks (0-4) offense went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, allowing
Valencia´s quarterback, Patrick Godoy, to take control of the game. Godoy led a
9-play drive that set up a 26-yard field goal by Mason Paine, which gave the
Tigers a 17-7 lead one minute into the fourth quarter.
"He played a really great game," Marrujo said of his junior signal caller. "I
thought Tommy Torres also played really well for us. We controlled the line of
scrimmage and dictated the game in the second half." Torres ran for three
touchdowns and 136 yards on the night, and Godoy was a perfect 10 for 10 in the
second half, finishing with 161 yards through the air.
[ Valencia - El Dorado ] Photo Gallery
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
"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
[ Valencia - Sonora ] Photo Gallery
ORANGE - First-game struggles affected the Villa Park football team at times
Friday, but the final score had the Spartans feeling good about things.
The Spartans sweated out a four-quarter battle with Valencia, eventually walking
away with the 21-12 nonleague victory at El Modena High. "As you know, you
either start the year off with a win or loss and that to me is a really big
thing," Villa Park coach Dusan Ancich said. "When the kids wake up, when you
lose that (first) game, it takes a couple of days to get over it and we don´t
have that much time."We can go tomorrow with a little bit more pep in our step.
It is easier to fix stuff when you win."
In the fourth quarter, the Spartans (1-0) likely thought they had put the game
away when Dylan Osborne and Kyle Harlin hooked up for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Jason Sanders´ extra point gave the Spartans a 21-6 lead with 5:01 remaining.
"They bit on the quick slant," Osborne said. "We called a pump and go and the
corner and the safety bit on it and touchdown."
The Tigers (1-1) quickly answered, thanks to Trent Salcedo´s kickoff return to
the Villa Park 17-yard line. On a second-and-goal from the 5, Pat Godoy found
Jake Watkins for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Valencia went for a two-point
conversion, but failed.
On its next possession, Villa Park ran out the clock to seal the victory. "At
the beginning, we kind of struggled," Osborne said. "In the future, I think we
will be a more explosive offense."
Osborne´s first touchdown pass of the game also went to Harlin, a 10-yard strike
to opening the scoring in the first quarter. Villa Park led 14-0 at halftime.
The Tigers scored the only points in the third quarter when Watkins intercepted
Osborne´s pass and ran 55 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was missed,
making it 14-6 heading into the fourth.
"Their defensive line was really good, they were talented," Ancich said of
Valencia. "Anytime you can beat Coach (Mike) Marrujo, it is good, because he´s a
fantastic coach. I think it was noticeable that this was our first game ... we
have a lot to work on, but we´re proud we beat them." Michael Vega led the
Spartans with 75 rushing yards.
The game pitted two of the top teams in the latest CIF-SS Southwest Division
poll. The Spartans are ranked third in the division and Valencia is sixth. The
Tigers opened the season last week with a 22-7 victory over Brea Olinda.
Valencia will play host to Sonora next Friday. Villa Park visits Cabrillo of
[ Valencia - Villa Park ] Photo Gallery
By DAN ARRITT
FOR THE REGISTER
PLACENTIA The season opener for Valencia didn´t progress without a few
difficulties. The Tigers struggled with the officiating Friday night and had
their own hiccups on offense, but in the end the running of Will Van Dam and Tom
Torres proved too much for Brea Olinda.
Van Dam rushed for 140 yards on 13 carries and Torres finished with 136 yards on
16 carries as Valencia galloped to a 22-7 nonleague victory at Valencia High.
"I thought we were very sloppy at times," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said.
"When we were efficient, we moved the ball well."
The Tigers got off to a fine start, forcing Brea Olinda to punt after three
plays and then needing six plays of their own to reach the end zone. Torres, the
team´s third-leading rusher last season, finished off the drive with a 25-yard
touchdown run up the middle.
The Tigers then set up for the extra-point try, but holder Pat Godoy had trouble
handling the snap. Instead, he picked up the loose ball and raced around the
right side and into the end zone for a two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
Brea Olinda marched inside the Valencia 10-yard line on its next series, but
missed a 27-yard field-goal attempt. The Tigers then took advantage of a
defensive pass interference penalty on third and long, capitalizing when Van Dam
broke loose on a 58-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds left in the first
Valencia fumbled away another scoring chance inside the Brea Olinda 5-yard line,
and the Wildcats then took advantage of four penalties on the next possession.
Marrujo called timeout during the drive to settle his team, but the Wildcats
eventually scored on a 3-yard touchdown run by Billy Hanley to cut the deficit
to 15-7 with 51 seconds left in the first half.
"These new rules, it´s hard," Marrujo said. "Anything where your helmet´s in
there, some (referees) call it real close and others don´t."
The Tigers put together their third scoring drive midway through the third
quarter, taking a 22-7 lead on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Godoy to Jake
[ Valencia - Brea ] Photo Gallery
By STEVE FRYER
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Ronald Reagan was in his first year as president when Mike Marrujo was in his first year as Valencia football coach.
White House residents have come and gone since 1981, but Marrujo still is the commander in chief at Valencia.
This will be Marrujo´s 33rd season coaching the Tigers. Is it his final season?
"This might be my last year teaching," said Marrujo, 62, who teaches history at the school. "They´ve told me I can stay on coaching when I retire from teaching. I´m kicking that idea around, for sure."
Marrujo has coached through winning and losing seasons. Most have been winning ones. His 256 victories are third-most in Orange County history, trailing the 301 of Los Alamitos´ John Barnes and the 276 of Mission Viejo´s Bob Johnson.
This should be another winning season. Valencia returns plenty of key starters from last year´s team that went 8-4 and finished second in the Empire League with a 5-1 record. The Tigers´ junior varsity and freshmen teams were undefeated in league last year.
Marrujo still is at it not because of the winning, but because of the coaching.
"I´ve been coaching my whole life," he said. "I love being out there."
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