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LAGUNA HILLS Laguna Hills senior quarterback Tim Belman threw two touchdown
passes to lead the Golden Hawks to a 21-7 CIF-Southern Section Southwest
Division firstround victory over visiting Valencia on Friday night. "It feels
wonderful, and we just got to keep this going," Belman said.Laguna Hills won its
10th consecutive game to remain undefeated and will travel to Sonora (9-2) for a
second-round game next Friday.
The Hawks won their sixth consecutive Sea View League title and Coach Bruce
Ingalls reflected on the string of championships and advancing to the second
round. "We´ve been fortunate, and we´ve had a good run and it´s gone pretty well
for us," Ingalls said. "You know you´ve had a great season when you´re
practicing Thanksgiving week."
Laguna Hills fumbled the ball on its third play from scrimmage, but that was the
only blemish for the Sea View League champions. After junior defensive back
Joseph Thrasher recovered a muffed punt return by Valencia (5-6) at midfield
midway through the first quarter, Belman (11 for 14, 195 yards) connected with
senior wide receiver Ryan Ur (five catches for 98 yards) on the first play for a
48-yard touchdown to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead.
Two big-play Hawks receivers were Connor Landberg (two catches for 45 yards, one
touchdown) and Jared Murray (one catch for 27 yards). Laguna Hills junior
running back Alex Salera carried the ball 15 times for 55 yards and a touchdown.
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ANAHEIM Ninety-nine yards, less than five minutes to go and down by six.
No problem. After fighting back from a 27-point third-quarter deficit, Valencia got the winning TD with 1:13 to go to upset Western, 28-27, in an Empire League shocker Thursday at Western High.
After a Pioneers punt gave the Tigers (4-5, 1-4) the ball at their 1 with 4:22 to go, quarterback Robert Mata engineered an 11-play drive that had four completions to Greg Hammond, including a 16-yard screen pass to tie the score at 27. Caleb Carreno tacked on the point after.
Western (0-5, 2-7) could do nothing with its final drive, a pair of incomplete passes sealing its fate. Three Marcus Hays touchdowns and a Domonique Young 17-yard fumble return helped Western take a 27-0 lead at the half. Valencia scored on all four second-half possessions. Mata found Mac Langenwalter and Hammond with scoring passes and Omar Perez had a 1-yard scoring run.
GARDEN GROVE Cody Johnson scored three touchdowns and made a onehanded interception to help Pacifica defeat Valencia, 27-7, for a muchneeded Empire League victory Thursday at Bolsa Grande High. Pacifica (5-2, 1-2) earned its first league victory after dropping consecutive games to Tustin and Kennedy. "We needed this one," said Pacifica´s Joel Willis, who caught a key fourthquarter touchdown. Valencia fell to 3-4, 0-3.
The matchup between two ranked teams in the Southwest Division was close going into the fourth quarter. Fifth-ranked Pacifica led No. 10 Valencia, 13-7.
But about 2 1/2 minutes into the fourth, Willis made a game-changing play. The Washington-commit grabbed away a near-interception by Travis Hawley for a leaping 27-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Mario Nava. In the first quarter, Hawley out-jumped Willis for an interception.
"He´s a college player," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said of Willis.
"Willis´ fellow receiver, Trent Langham, helped set up the score with a 12-yard reception to the Valencia 19 on fourth-and-9.
After sacks by Michael Estrada and Langham quickly ended Valencia´s ensuing possession, Pacifica took advantage of a short field. Johnson took a screen pass and scored from 25 yards as the Mariners opened a 27-7 lead with 5:37 left.
Johnson scored on a 43-yard screen pass with 5:24 left in the second quarter to help Pacifica take a 13-0 lead at halftime. The senior made a one-handed interception at his 5 to end Valencia´s first possession of the second half.
Nava competed 16 of 20 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
PLACENTIA Alex Bernstein was at the right places at the right times Friday
night, and he helped carry Yorba Linda to its first league victory in school
history, a 12-6 Empire League triumph over Valencia at Valencia High.
The junior quarterback and defensive back connected with Paul Najarian for a
25-yard TD pass for the game´s first score, returned an interception 65 yards
for another TD and picked off an overthrown ball on the last drive for the
Tigers (0-2, 3-3) to seal the biggest game in the firstyear program´s history
for the Mustangs (1-2, 3-4).
"It´s such a relief to get that first win," said Bernstein, who passed for 92
yards and rushed for 51 more on nine carries.
"They´re going to be our rivals for the next (several) years. It´s nice to get
out there and take it to them ... everyone starts on both offense and defense.
We´re exhausted, but we do it because we love this game."
PLACENTIA Tustin scored early and often in its Empire League game against
Valencia on Saturday night at Bradford Stadium as the Tillers cruised to a 57-7
victory. The Tillers (5-1, 2-0) kept pace with Kennedy, which defeated Pacifica
on Saturday, and have won four consecutive games. The Tigers dropped to 3-2 and
The Tillers, the secondranked team in the CIF-SS Southwest Division, scored
three touchdowns in the first quarter - two in 13 seconds - to break the game
With 8:35 left in the first quarter, Tustin quarterback Cody Oxby got the
Tillers´ scoring surge rolling as he completed a 51-yard TD pass to Angel Rios.
Tustin then surprised the Tigers with an onside kick. Jordan Kemp recovered the
ball for the Tillers. On the next play, Oxby raced 41 yards for a touchdown
giving the Tustin a 14-0 lead.
On Valencia´s first play following Tustin´s touchdown, Terrence Martinez
intercepted a Tigers´ pass and returned it to the 12-yard line. Four plays
later, Tivita Pauu scored from 3 yards out and the Tillers led 19-0 after less
than six minutes of play.
"We got all of the breaks early," said Tustin coach Myron Miller. "We opened it
up and may have caught them off guard a bit."
The Tillers recorded three more touchdowns in the second quarter. Tyler
Siudzinsk added a one-yard TD run and Denzale Stewart caught a 25-yard TD pass
from Oxby as Tustin took a 37-0 halftime lead.
Siudzinski added a 66-yard TD run in the third quarter. He finished the game
with 173 yards rushing on 12 carries.
"It feels good to win," said Siudzinski. "They could not stop our offense and we
dominated on the field, but ... we have to continue to improve."
The Tillers, who average 385 yards rushing per game, gained 352 yards on the
ground and totaled 469 yards of offense.
PLACENTIA Valencia and El Dorado squared off in the 39th "Battle for the Bell"
game in the two schools´ storied history Friday night. Valencia took home the
bell behind the power running of Omar Perez and the accuracy of quarterback
Robert Mata for a 23-10 victory.
Valencia now holds the all time edge over El Dorado, 20-19. El Dorado jumped to
an early lead thanks to a 56-yard run by Aleks Tayek that was set up a 33-yard
field goal by Ian Miller. Valencia responded in the second quarter behind the
stellar play of Mata, who went 10-for-10 passing for 102 yards. Perez carried
the ball 11 times for 46 yards and a TD.
The Tigers picked up where they left off in the beginning of the third quarter.
Mata hit Mac Langenwalter for a 26-yard pass that set up a 26-yard field goal by
ED - Miller 33 FG Val - Perez 6 run (Carreno kick) Val - Carreno 26 FG Val -
Perez 3 run (Carreno kick failed) ED - Ambuehl 1 run (Miller kick) Val -
Langenwalter 71 pass from Mata (Carreno kick) INDIVIDUAL LEADERS Rushing - ED,
Ambuehl 5-37, Tayek 5-62, Giehl 1-10; Val, Perez 30-100, Mata 2-21, Enriquez
7-17, Perez 6-21 Passing - ED, Ambuehl 6-14-0-50; Val, Mata 14-16-0-209
Receiving - ED, Long 1-5, Blackamore 1-32, Giehl 1-(-2), Mendoza 3-15; Val,
Perez 2-0, Hammond 2-30, Donahue 3-34, Langenwalter 6-128, French 1-17
PLACENTIA Valencia rode its defense to another victory Thursday.
Linebacker Greg Hammond returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown and blocked a punt that led to a touchdown as the host Tigers defeated Villa Park, 17-0, in a matchup of Southwest Division teams. Valencia (2-0), ranked third in the Southwest, opened the season with a 13-0 victory against Brea Olinda.
"That´s very rare," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said of the consecutive shutouts to open the season. "We feel like everybody on our defense can tackle." Hammond made both his big plays in the first half against the Spartans (0-2). The senior blocked a punt in the final seconds of the opening quarter to set up Valencia´s first score.
The Tigers recovered the ball at Villa Park´s 7, leading to a 1-yard touchdown run by Omar Perez on third-and-goal early in the second quarter. On Villa Park´s next possession, Valencia pressured Villa Park QB Blair Boyce before Hammond grabbed an interception and returned it 59 yards for a 14-0 lead with 5:57 left in the first half. Valencia also scored a defensive touchdown against Brea Olinda.
"(Hammond) was one of our players of the week in the first ballgame," Marrujo said. "He picked up right where he left off." Caleb Carreno added a 40-yard field goal with 3:35 left in the fourth for Valencia.
Valencia held Villa Park to 54 yards rushing. Defensive tackle Jason Sota added two sacks. The Tigers have picked a good time to play strong defense. They have played the first two games without one of their top running backs, Steve Logovi, who broke his hand in Valencia´s scrimmage. Villa Park was shut out for the second consecutive game. The Spartans lost last week to San Clemente, 25-0.
The Spartans came close to breaking through against Valencia. A sack by Villa Park´s Devonte Bennett in the first quarter almost led to a fumble recovery but Valencia quarterback Robert Mata was ruled down before the ball came loose at the Tigers´ 42. Later in the game, the Spartans thought they recovered one of their punts that bounced off a Valencia player. They also had a 42-yard field goal blocked in the fourth quarter.
BREA Valencia coach Mike Marrujo opened his 30th year coaching with 13-0 victory
against Brea Olinda in a nonleague opener for both teams at Brea Olinda High
Friday night. With 8:42 left in the opening quarter, Valencia scored first on
quarterback Robert Mata´s 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Hammond.
An apparent touchdown pass for Valencia in the second quarter was called back
because of a holding penalty.
The only other score in the game came at the end of the third quarter when
Valencia´s Gabriel Perez scored on a fumble by Brea. Perez also carried the load
for Valencia´s offense, with 62 yards on 18 carries. Mata completed 9 of 17
passes for 90 yards with a touchdown. Mata´s No. 1 target on the night was
Travis Hawley who caught three passes for 52 yards.
For Brea Olinda, running back Josh Vizcaya carried the ball for 40 yards on 12
carries while quarterback Nick Ceja complete 3 of 11 passes for 58 yards. Brea
Olinda running back Nicky Feamster carried the ball for 21 yards on four carries
and caught a 33 pass from Ceja.
Austin Hansen entered the valley of his recruiting odyssey in early January.
The Valencia offensive lineman was so discouraged about his chances of securing
a Division I-A scholarship that he checked out a few local community colleges
and told his parents his recruiting efforts had been in vain. "I told them it
wasn't going to shake out," Hansen recalled. But at the constant urging of his
father, Jon, Hansen stayed in the recruiting game. He kept e-mailing, calling
and following up leads. And by mid-January, about three weeks before national
signing day, one of his recruiting lines from late December finally got a strong
Hawaii assistant coach Wes Suan had seen some of Hansen's game tapes and wanted
the 6-foot-4, 285-pound senior to visit the university. With signing day
approaching fast, Hansen made the visit the last weekend of January. The
Warriors didn't offer Hansen a scholarship on the trip but a few days later they
did. Hansen committed last Wednesday. Two days from now, he will be one of an
estimated 30 Division I-A football recruits from Orange County who will sign
national letters of intent. "It's a blessing," Hansen said. "I'm really, really
happy to be a Warrior."
Before Hawaii's interest, Hansen experienced his share of frustration with the
recruiting process. He received interest from San Diego State and Colorado State
as a junior. San Diego State showed even more interest this past fall. Hansen
said he received regular phone calls from the Aztecs and tickets to some of
their home games. A scholarship offer, however, never arrived. Because of his
3.2 grade-point average and impressive 1960 SAT score, Stanford seemed like a
possibility in mid-December, but that didn't materialize either.
Hansen sought out Hawaii after hearing positive reviews from workout buddy Bryce
Runge, a former Hawaii long snapper who attended Valencia. Hansen e-mailed Suan
in late December with a highlight video that showcased his aggressive blocking
style and ability to stay on his defender. From there, Hansen was on his way out
of his recruiting valley, though he didn't know it at the time. In the end, he
credits his father for encouraging him to keep trying. "He definitely believed
in me" Hansen said. "(And) I think he wanted to save money on college)."
Here's Hansen's Recruiting Video
PLACENTIA - Valencia found that climbing up Hills is nothing like a walk on
the Beach. The Tigers fell short against Laguna Hills, 19-17, in the CIF-SS
Southern Division quarterfinals Friday night at Valencia High. That came after
their first-round victory last week, 55-0, over Laguna Beach. The Hawks were
eliminated last season in the playoffs by Valencia. "It was exactly what we
thought it would be," Hawks coach Bruce Ingalls said. "We knew it was a tough
task and a huge challenge."
The Tigers, who trailed 19-7 in the second quarter, cut their deficit to 19-17
on a Wes Fletcher 1-yard scoring run in the third. Then in the final quarter,
Valencia took over at its own 20 with 5:43 left. However, the drive ended when
the Hawks' Eddie Hernandez broke up a fourth-down pass attempt with less than
two minutes remaining and the Hawks ran the clock out from there. "The team
played as hard as they could," Tigers coach Mike Marrujo said. "We hung in there
and kept battling."
Valencia struck first on its opening drive. Fletcher ran 67 yards on the first
play and then punched it in from 2 yards three plays later. "With the exception
of the first play, I thought we did well with (Fletcher)," Ingalls said. The
Hawks countered on their first drive with a Chris Giovinazzo 6-yard run, tying
it at 7. Later in the first, Valencia pinned the Hawks at their own 1-yard line.
But on third down, the Hawks delivered the biggest play of both the game and
Quarterback Ryan Wertenberger connected with Giovinazzo 99 yards down the left
sideline, and the Hawks never trailed again. The Tigers blitzed on the play,
leaving single coverage on Giovinazzo on the outside. "When you have a
quarterback with a live arm, that can happen," Ingalls said. "It easily changed
the game." Wertenberger hooked up with Cameron Hall on a 30-yard touchdown pass
for the Hawks' final score. The Hawks play the winner of tonight's
Kennedy-Savanna match up next week.
Laguna Hills 13 6 0 0 - 19
Valencia 7 3 7 0 - 17
Val - Fletcher 2 run (Russell kick)
LaHi - Giovinazzo 6 run (Sargent kick)
LaHi - Giovinazzo 99 pass from Wertenberger (kick blocked)
LaHi - Hall 30 pass from Wertenberger (run failed)
Val - Russell 31 FG
Val - Fletcher 1 run (Russell kick)
LAGUNA BEACH - Wes Fletcher ran for 270 yards and three touchdowns as Valencia
defeated Laguna Beach, 55-0, in a CIF-SS Southern Division first-round game
Friday night at foggy Laguna Beach High. Fletcher, the county's fifth- leading
rusher, had 260 yards in the first half and surpassed 1,800 yards for the
season. He opened the scoring with an 81-yard run on the second play of
Valencia's first drive and added touchdown runs of 27 and 37 yards. His
performance followed a six touchdown, 282-yard performance against Katella in
the regular-season finale.
The Tigers (7-4) pitched their third shutout of the season and have allowed 6.4
points a game over the past seven games. Valencia will play Laguna Hills next
week. "It was a real good way to start the playoffs," Valencia coach Mike
Marrujo said. "I was pleased. They did a good job."
Valencia got outstanding play on special teams. Dan Stikeleather turned a busted
play into an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter, and
Kelii Jackson returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards to make
it 42-0. Charley Bowman completed 10 of 19 passes for 125 yards for the Breakers
(5-6), who were trying to advance past the first round for the first time since
Valencia 14 21 13 7 - 55
Laguna Beach 0 0 0 0 - 0
Val - Fletcher 81 run (Russell kick)
Val - Fletcher 27 run (Russell kick)
Val - Fletcher 37 run (Russell kick)
Val - Russell 34 pass from Beckman (Russell kick)
Val - Stikeleather 82 punt return (Russell kick)
Val - Jackson 95 kickoff return (Russell kick)
Val - Howell 3 run (Russell kick failed)
Val - Howell 5 run (Russell kick)
ANAHEIM - Wes Fletcher led Valencia to a 58-13 Empire League victory over
Katella with six touchdowns and 257 rushing yards in 26 carries in just the
first half at Glover Stadium. "We played one of our best games of the year,"
Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said, "and our offensive line blocked really well to
allow Fletcher to have a great game." Valencia (6-4, 3-2) got off to a strong
start with Fletcher's 51-yard touchdown run in the first 10 seconds of the game.
Katella (3-7, 1-4) responded when quarterback Vincent Peraza hooked up with
Moylon Criddle on a 33-yard touchdown a minute and a half later. But then
Valencia took control, outscoring Katella, 37-6, en route to a 44-13 halftime
lead. Valencia quarterback Marcus Beckman threw for 102 yards with seven
completions. Wide receiver D.J. Russell had four receptions for 75 yards.
Valencia 22 22 7 7 - 58
Katella 7 6 0 0 - 13
Val - Fletcher 51 run (Russell kick)
Kat - Criddle 33 pass from Peraza (Blanke kick)
Val - Fletcher 35 run (Fletcher run)
Val - Fletcher 1 run (Russell kick)
Kat - Blanke 77 pass from Peraza (kick blocked)
Val - Fletcher 4 run (Russell pass from Beckman)
Val - Fletcher 1 run (Russell kick)
Val - Fletcher 2 run (Russell kick)
Val - Howell 14 run (Russell kick)
Val - Gomez 1 run (Russell kick)
ANAHEIM - Cypress made stops in key situations in the first half and never
allowed Valencia to get into scoring territory in the second half en route to a
10-6 Empire League victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Western High.
The Centurions (7-2, 2-2), who have not played in the postseason since 2000,
could make the playoffs with a victory over Loara on Thursday. A key sequence
came late in the first quarter when Cypress stopped the Tigers (5-4, 2-2) on a
fourth-and-7 from Centurions' 24. Valencia got the ball right back in Centurion
territory again on an interception by Chad Bullerdick.
The Centurions' defense stepped up a second time, again stopping the Tigers on a
fourth-and-8 from the 24. Anthony Jackson's acrobatic one-handed catch and
sprint down the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown gave the Centurions a 7-0
second-quarter lead. Wes Fletcher brought the Tigers (5-4, 2-2) right back with
a 75-yard touchdown run on the ensuing possession. Cypress' Josh Davidson
blocked a 34-yard field-goal attempt late in the first half.
Valencia 0 6 0 0 - 6
Cypress 0 7 0 3 - 10
Cyp - Jackson 75 pass from Vanderipe (Saumur kick)
Val - Fletcher 75 run (kick failed)
Cyp - Saumur 34 FG
PLACENTIA - For the second consecutive week, Valencia was stingy to its
opponent. One week after posting a shutout against Loara, the Tigers (5-3, 2-1)
stymied the passing attack of visiting Pacifica (5-3, 2-1) for a 28-6 Empire
League victory Thursday night. Pacifica entered the game having scored 94 points
in its previous two games.
"The defense has turned the corner," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said. "It (the
defense) has improved as the year has gone on." It also didn't hurt to have Mike
Alvarez coming off of the corner.
Alvarez, a junior linebacker, recorded three sacks and intercepted a pass for
the Tigers. Alvarez's interception proved to be the turning point of the game.
Late in the second quarter, Alvarez intercepted a screen pass intended for
Pacifica's Tri Vo at 1:28. Valencia quarterback Marcus Beckman connected with
D.J. Russell on a 20-yard touchdown pass two plays later for a 21-6 halftime
The defense forced a Pacifica turnover midway through the third quarter to give
the Tigers possession on the Pacifica 21-yard line. Valencia running back Wes
Fletcher moved the ball to 1-yard line on four plays, and Jeremiah Rodriguez
capped the drive with a 1-yard scoring run and a 28-6 lead. Fletcher finished
with 142 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Pacifica 0 6 0 0 - 6
Valencia 7 14 7 0 - 28
Val - Fletcher 28 run (Russell kick)
Pac - Vo 2 run (kick failed)
Val - Schmidt 23 run (Russell kick)
Val - Russell 20 pass from Beckman (Russell kick)
Val - Rodriguez 1 run (Russell kick)
ANAHEIM - Blake Shaver's 103-yard interception return for a touchdown
highlighted Valencia's 42-0 Empire League victory over Loara on Thursday at
Glover Stadium. Wes Fletcher rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns, and
Marcus Beckman completed 9 of 12 passes for 120 yards and a score to lead the
Tigers (4-3, 1-1).
Fletcher carried eight times for 75 yards on a 10-play, 82-yard first-quarter
drive that gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead. The junior capped that drive with a
1-yard touchdown, and added scoring runs of 4 and 2 yards. With the Tigers
leading, 28-0, in the third quarter, the Saxons (0-7, 0-2) had a second-and-14
on the Valencia 17.
Shaver picked off James McNamara's pass 3 yards deep in the end zone and raced
down the left sideline for the score. He outran several defenders who seemed to
have an angle on him. Loara was held to minus-30 yards rushing and 46 yards of
total offense for the game.
Valencia 7 14 7 14 - 42
Loara 0 0 0 0 - 0
Val - Fletcher 1 run (Russell kick)
Val - Fletcher 4 run (Russell kick)
Val - Russell 7 pass from Beckman (Russell kick)
Val - Fletcher 2 run (Russell kick)
Val - Shaver 103 interception return (Russell kick)
Val - Pina 2 run (Russell kick)
By STEVE FRYER
Photo by ERIC WOLFE
The Orange County Register
PLACENTIA - Kennedy running back Ed Pleasant only had 23 rushing yards at
halftime. "We needed to find him some plays that worked," Kennedy coach Mitch
Olson said. They found them. Pleasant rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown in
the second half, and Kennedy's defense shut out Valencia for three quarters
Friday for a 16-6 victory in an Empire League game at Valencia High. It was the
league opener for the teams picked by league coaches to be the top contenders
for the league championship. "It's a very big win," Pleasant said. "We're the
top two teams in the league. But I'm not saying we've already won the league
championship, because we've got a long ways to go."
A team that has emerged as a league contender is Cypress, which beat Katella on
Friday in another Empire League opener. Cypress is 6-0 overall, and plays
Kennedy in two weeks. Kennedy had lost three in a row, by a total of seven
points, going into the game. The Fighting Irish are 3-3 overall, 1-0 in league.
Valencia is 3-3 and 0-1. Valencia took the opening kickoff and drove 78 yards on
15 plays to score. The drive took more than eight minutes, with Wes Fletcher
carrying a 2-yard touchdown run. The kick for the extra point missed, leaving
Valencia with a 6-0 lead with 3:36 to go in the quarter.
Penalties and a turnover - Valencia's D.J. Russell made an interception -
conspired to keep Kennedy scoreless until the final moments of the half. With
1.9 seconds remaining, Kennedy quarterback Erick Okula connected with receiver
Steve Salazar in the right back corner of the end zone. The Fighting Irish
extra-point kick failed, too, leaving the score at 6-6 at halftime. After a
scoreless third quarter, Kennedy took the lead on an 8-yard touchdown run by
Pleasant, who had a 36-yard carry on that scoring drive. Seth Guardado's kick
for the extra point gave the Irish a 13-6 advantage. Guardado added a 31-yard
field goal with 4:25 to go to make it 16-6.
Kennedy's defense held Valencia to 78 yards of offense in the second half. Among
the Irish defensive stars was junior linebacker Ryan See, who had three sacks,
including two in the fourth quarter. "That was his best game," Olson said. "The
whole team hung in there and played tough." Pleasant said it was, in some ways,
a typical game for Kennedy. "We're a second-half team," he said. "Our linemen
really picked it up in the second half." Fletcher rushed for 110 yards on 24
carries, for an average of 4.6 a carry. He was averaging 149 yards a game and
7.5 a carry going into the game. Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said Fletcher had
been nursing a sprained ankle.
Fletcher had 17 carries for 62 yards in the first half, and seven for 48 in the
second. Kennedy quarterback Erick Okula was 12 for 22 for 122 yards. Both teams
had byes last week. Next week, Kennedy will play Katella on Friday at Western
High. Valencia will play Loara on Thursday at Glover Stadium.
Kennedy 0 6 0 10 - 16
Valencia 6 0 0 0 - 6
Val - Fletcher 2 run (Russell kick failed)
Ken - Salazar 16 pass from Okula (Guardado kick failed)
Ken - Pleasant 8 run (Guardado kick)
Ken - Guardado 31 FG
Rushing- Ken, Pleasant 22-185, Smith 5-19; Val, Fletcher 24-110, Schmidt 2-14
Passing- Ken, Okula 12-22-1-122; Val, Beckman 9-20-0-94
Receiving- Ken, Smith 4-43, Norton 3-27; Val, Schmidt 2-18, Russell 5-66
Records:Ken 1-0, 3-3; Val 0-1, 3-3
PLACENTIA - Running back Jeremiah Rodriguez rushed for 193 yards and two
second-half touchdowns as the Valencia Tigers defeated the Sonora Raiders, 26-0,
at Valencia High on Thursday night. Valencia improved to 3-2. Sonora is 1-3.
"The offensive linemen really helped tonight." Rodriguez said. "Their blocks
enabled me to make some big plays." Valencia dominated possession in the first
quarter for nearly seven minutes, effectively rushing the ball deep into Raiders
territory. Running back Wes Fletcher scored the Tigers' first touchdown on a
1-yard run with 1:20 left in the first quarter.
Tigers wide receiver Julius Macharia's lone reception was a 34-yard touchdown
pass from quarterback Marcus Beckman early in the second quarter. Sonora's Kris
Fierro passed for 109 yards. Valencia has a bye next week. The Tigers will face
Empire League rival Kennedy at home on Oct. 13.
Sonora 0 0 0 0 - 0
Valencia 6 6 7 7 - 26
Val - Fletcher 1 run (kick failed)
Val - Macharia 34 pass from Beckman (pass failed)
Val - Rodriguez 16 run (Macharia kick)
Val - Rodriguez 8 run (Macharia kick)
PLACENTIA - The El Dorado High football team suffered its share of heartbreaking
defeats during the 2005 season, including a down-to-the-wire loss to crosstown
rival Valencia. The way the Golden Hawks played Friday, there was no chance of
that happening again.
El Dorado executed its game plan to near perfection from its first drive and
went on to a 38-0 nonleague victory over the Tigers at Valencia High.
The Golden Hawks (3-1) take the Championship Bell trophy back from Valencia
(2-2), where it had been for the past three years. "I think the kids were
excited about the rivalry," El Dorado coach Jeff Bailey said. "I knew that if we
played well, we'd have a chance of winning." El Dorado quarterback Michael
Coulter completed 10 of 17 passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns, all to
Coulter hit Cardenas with a 22-yard scoring pass on El Dorado's first drive of
the game. Coulter and Cardenas later connected on touchdowns of 9 and 32 yards.
"The whole team felt good and we were confident going in," said Coulter, who
missed his junior season because of surgery on both knees. "It's just awesome.
It's just a blessing to be able to play. Valencia was never able to settle into
a rhythm offensively, partly because running back Wes Fletcher, who was
averaging 178.9 yards going into the game, was held to 40. Fletcher carried the
ball only once in the second half before being taken out of the game.
Three Valencia drives were also thwarted by interceptions. Justin Ditolla, Kyle
Allen and Cameron Davilla had picks for El Dorado. After Coulter's first two
touchdown passes, Clay Leyton scooped up a fumble and ran it in for a 2-yard
touchdown giving the Golden Hawks a 21-0 lead. With 8:30 remaining in the second
quarter, Valencia put together a nice drive and had a chance to get back in the
game before the half. The Tigers drove from their 23 to the El Dorado 12 and
faced a third-and-9 when quarterback Marcus Beckman was sacked by Anthony
Laurenzi for a 6-yard loss. Beckman threw an incompletion on fourth down.
Valencia managed only four first downs in the second half, and drove inside
Golden Hawks territory only once. The Tigers play host to Sonora on Thursday and
the Golden Hawks play Sunny Hills at Buena Park High on Friday.
El Dorado 7 14 17 0 - 38
Valencia 0 0 0 0 - 0
ED - Cardenas 22 pass from Coulter (Hilgenberg kick)
ED - Cardenas 9 pass from Coulter (Hilgenberg kick)
ED - Leyton 2 fumble return (Hilgenberg kick)
ED - Hilgenberg 30 FG
ED - Cardenas 32 pass from Coulter (Hilgenberg kick)
ED - Adams 27 run (Hilgenberg kick)
Rushing - ED, Adams 5-34, Van Holland 12-41; Val, Fletcher 15-40, Howell 10-45
Passing- ED, Coulter 10-17-0-130, Wilson 1-1-0-2; Val, Beckman 8-18-3-71, Pina
Receiving- ED, Cardenas 6-89, Gartner 1-17; Val, Zamora 4-41, von Zabern 2-15
Records:ED 0-0, 3-1; Val 0-0, 2-2
By DAN ALBANO
Photo by MARK AVERY
The Orange County Register
ANAHEIM - Wes Fletcher ran for 212 yards and Valencia's defense made two key
stops in the second half to lead the Tigers to a 28-20 victory against host
Western in a duel between Southern Division heavyweights Thursday night. Tight
end Andrew Zamora grabbed a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marcus
Beckman with 3:35 left in the fourth quarter as Valencia (2-1) took a 28-20
lead. Defensive back D.J. Russell then sealed the victory with an interception
near his 40-yard line about a minute later.
Valencia forced three turnovers - leading to eight points - in defeating Western
(1-1), the top-ranked team in the Southern Division. The Tigers' defense earlier
held on a fourth-and-5 from their 25 with 29 seconds left in the third quarter.
It was a strikingly improved defensive performance from No.4 Valencia compared
to last week's 36-18 loss to Villa Park. In that game, the Spartans racked up
432 yards rushing.
Western's double-wing offense produced 300 total yards rushing Thursday. "The
defense stepped up," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said. "They (Western) have some
quick guys." Defensive tackle Mark Luna added three tackles for losses in his
first action on the line after playing linebacker in the Tigers' first two
games. Defensive back Kelli Jackson intercepted a pass at his 4 with 30 seconds
left in the first half and also recovered a fumble.
Fletcher scored three touchdowns and was strong from start to finish. He
recovered a fumble in the end zone for the Tigers' first score but then carried
the ball eight times for 65 yards on Valencia's final TDdrive. "He kept getting
stronger," Western coach Toby Howell said of Fletcher. "We had our chances. They
probably wore us down a little in the end." Fletcher, a 6-foot, 195-pound
junior, kept running hard despite some hard collisions with Western defensive
tackle Andrew Iupati (6-2, 280).
Valencia 7 8 6 7 - 28
Western 7 0 7 6 - 20
Wes - Bodiford 1 run (Celis kick)
Val - Fletcher fumble recovery in end zone (Russell kick)
Val - Fletcher 7 run (Fletcher run)
Val - Fletcher 6 run (Russell kick)
Wes - Bodiford 1 run (Celis kick)
Wes - Carr 2 run (kick failed)
Val - Zamora 3 pass from Beckman (Russell kick)
PLACENTIA - As Villa Park coach Pat Mahoney approached the Valencia coaching
staff at midfield after the game, he almost seemed apologetic. "We had three
little gnats," he said. "You couldn't see them." Valencia definitely saw the
backs of the Spartans running backs jerseys, however. Running backs Steven MuÃ±oz,
Johnny Privitelli and Anthony Privitelli combined for 423 yards rushing and four
touchdowns in the Spartans' 36-18 nonleague victory Friday night against No. 10
Valencia at Valencia High.
All to Mahoney's surprise. "Yeah, I am. I really have a lot of respect for
them," he said. "I think maybe they were a little *censored*y after last week's win
(against Brea Olinda)."
The three running backs played what seemed like a game of who can top who. And
MuÃ±oz might have won, on a defensive play no less. In the third quarter, he
sprinted about 50 yards to make a touchdown-saving tackle. After Valencia (1-1)
scored a touchdown to trail 26-11, the 5-foot-10 MuÃ±oz broke free for a 73-yard
scoring run for the Spartans (1-0). In the first half, Anthony Privitelli,
listed at 5-foot-7, ignited the Spartans' double wing offense with touchdown
runs of 75 and 52 yards. He finished with 176 rushing yards on just five
carries. Johnny Privitelli, listed at 5-foot-6, had a 42-yard touchdown run and
finished with 143 yards rushing.
With Villa Park running on all three of its cylinders, Spartans' quarterback
Andrew O'Connell attempted just six passes. In the third quarter, he found Trent
Roberts for a 31-yard touchdown. Despite falling behind early, Valencia stuck
with running back Wes Fletcher, who was coming off a 298-yard performance last
week but was playing with a bruised thigh. Fletcher, an all-CIF sophomore last
season, ran for 145 yards on 20 carries, including a 9-yard touchdown. He was
held to under 10 yards, however, in all of his carries except for a 46-yard
gain, in which he was caught by MuÃ±oz. Tigers quarterback Marcus Beckman, under
pressure all night by a blitzing Spartans defense, completed nine of 18 passes
for 92 yards.
In 2005, Valencia defeated Villa Park, 17-0, in what was the Spartans' second
game and the Tigers' first. Before that game, Valencia saw Villa Park run all
over its Week 0 opponent. The Tigers then held Villa Park to 44 yards rushing.
Coach Mahoney said not playing a Week 0 game might have benefited his team.
"We've been getting ready for them all summer."
Villa Park 12 7 17 0 - 36
Valencia 0 3 8 7 - 18
VP - A. Privitelli 75 run (Jergenson Kick failed)
VP - J. Privitelli 42 run (O'Donnell Pass Failed)
Val - Russell 36 FG
VP - A. Privitelli 52 run (Jergenson Kick)
Val - Fletcher 9 run (Jackson pass from Beckman)
VP - Roberts 31 pass from O'Donnell (Jergenson Kick)
VP - Munoz 73 run (Jergenson Kick)
VP - Jergenson 38 FG
Val - Alverez 2 run (Russell Kick)
Rushing- Val, Fletcher 20-145, Garcia 5-47; VP, A. Privitelli 5-176, J.
Privitelli 10-143, Munoz 12-104
Passing- Val, Beckman 9-18-0-92; VP, O'Donnell 4-6-0-50
Receiving- Val, Russell 5-51; VP, Roberts 2-46
Records:VP 0-0, 1-0; Val 0-0, 1-1
By TOM CONNOLLY
Photo by F. Von Zabern
The Orange County Register
BREA - Wes Fletcher rushed for a career-high 298 yards and three touchdowns to
lead Valencia to a 30-12 victory over Brea Olinda in a nonleague game Friday at
Brea Olinda High. Fletcher scored on runs of 73, 98 and 1 yards in the
first-half as the Tigers, the No.10 ranked team in the county, scored 24 points
in the first quarter to break the game open. "This is a great rivalry, and this
was a nice win for us, but we still have room for improvement," Fletcher said.
On the first play after he opening kickoff, Fletcher ran around right end, broke
three tackles and raced 73 yards for a touchdown. Moments later, Marcus Beckman
tossed a 5-yard TD pass to DJ Russell to increase the Tigers' lead to 14-0. On
the first play after Logan Sewell's 79-yard punt, Fletcher gave Valencia a 21-0
lead when he outran the Wildcats' secondary en route to a 98-yard touchdown run.
Russell added a 32-yard field goal and the Tigers led 24-0 after the first
quarter. Fletcher scored on a 1-yard TD run in the second quarter to propel
Valencia to a 30-0 halftime lead. Ezekiel Young scored for Brea Olinda on a
40-yard TD run in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Jeff Fleming tossed
an 8-yard touchdown pass to Dakota Hopkins to complete the Wildcats' scoring.
Valencia 24 6 0 0 - 30
Brea Olinda 0 0 6 6 - 12
Val - Fletcher 73 TD - run (Russell kick)
Val - Russell 5 TD - pass from Beckman (Russell kick)
Val - Fletcher 98 TD - run (Russell kick)
Val - Russell 32 FG
Val - Fletcher 1 TD - run (Russell Kick failed)
Brea - Young 40 TD - run (Fleming pass failed)
Brea - Hopkins 8 TD - pass from Fleming (Frisina kick failed)
Rushing- Brea, Van Deudekom 10-26, Young 1-40; Val, Fletcher 25-298, Schmidt
Passing- Brea, Fleming 14-6-1-58; Val, Beckman 13-7-0-68
Receiving- Brea, Hopkins 2-12, Young 1-15; Val, Russell 6-59
Records:Val 0-0, 1-0; Brea 0-0, 0-1