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Trabuco Hills clears first playoffs hurdle 35-21 over Valencia

By MARTIN HENDERSON
Special to OCVarsity

PLACENTIA - Trabuco Hills, runner-up a year ago in the CIF-SS Southwest Division, knew that the first playoff game is sometimes a big hurdle. The Mustangs were breathing a lot easier having gotten over that hurdle Saturday night by posting a 35-21 victory over Valencia.

Trabuco Hills (7-4) will play host to third-seeded Western next weekend. Valencia finished 8-3. "We don´t have a whole lot of returners back from last season," Trabuco Hills coach Jason Negro said. "I was nervous about how our kids would respond, how J.J. Mayer would respond."

Mayer, the first-year starting quarterback, responded fine. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 156 yards, with two second-half interceptions. Most impressive, he was 5 of 6 for 130 yards in the first half, including a 46-yard touchdown pass to Chris Simonton for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Simonton had given Trabuco Hills the early lead with a 2-yard run. Shane DeCillo made his mark as well. He rushed 28 times for 120 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 3 yards. The first was perhaps the most important. Just 2 minutes, 14 seconds after Valencia QB David Pina scored from 11 yards, DeCillo capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive.

Less than two minutes later, with 1 minute left on the first-half clock, Donnie Simonsen´s 38-yard interception return made it an insurmountable 28-7.

Valencia High School Closed Due to Fires - Monday 17, 2008

Valencia High School will be closed due to poor air quality in the Orange County area. YL Community Center is being used as the Evacuation Communication Center and has been operational continuously since Saturday morning- but at least the authorities felt they could close it Sunday night. We will update JV-Frosh Banquet information as soon as we hear from the coaches later today.

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Valencia earns second place, makes playoffs 42-17 over Loara

By TOM CONNOLLY
Special to OCVarsity.com

ANAHEIM - Issac Dominguez rushed for 170 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Valencia to a 42-17 Empire League victory over Loara on Friday at Glover Stadium. The Tigers (8-2, 4-1) amassed nearly 300 yards rushing and 22 first downs, and the victory earns them a second-place finish in league and a playoff berth. The Saxons, after winning five of their first six games, dropped their last four and finished 5-5 and 1-4.

"I couldn't ask for a better offensive line than I have," said Dominguez, who also caught a pass and recorded two sacks. "Josh Gamboa, Nick Martinez, Keifer Neal, Junior Gauta, Travis Gipson and Shane Reekstin make us successful because they never take a play off."

Leading 14-10 at halftime, the Tigers notched two TDs in the third quarter to build a 28-10 lead. Valencia recovered an onside kick to start the second half and quickly drove 49 yards in eight plays. Dominguez capped the scoring drive with a 1-yard TD run. In the final minute of the quarter, the Tigers struck again. Karsen Garcia got behind the Saxons secondary and caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Dave Pina. Dominguez and Matt Gonzalez added fourth- quarter touchdown runs to seal the victory.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers drove 80 yards in 14 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Pina scored on a 1-yard run to give Valencia the lead. After a 43-yard field goal by Loara kicker Jonathan Negrete, Dominguez capped another 880-yard scoring drive with a short TD run giving the Tigers a 14-3 lead. The Saxons battled back and drove the length of the field in the final two minutes of the quarter and scored to trim the Valencia lead to 14-10 at halftime. Jesse Ben-Ron hauled in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Meraz with nine seconds left in the half.

Anthony Bautista rushed for 93 yards and a TD, and Howard Gauta caught five passes for the Saxons. "Some folks didn't pick us to make the playoffs this season but here we are," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said.

DINE WITH THE TIGERS at Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill - All Day Wednesday November 12, 2008

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Valencia clinches playoff spot with a 31-12 win against Kennedy.

By CHRIS TOBOLSKI
OCVarsity staff

PLACENTIA - Valencia clinched a playoff spot with its 31-12 victory over Kennedy in Empire League play Thursday night at Valencia High. "This was a team victory," Tigers quarterback Dave Pina said. Pina rushed for 71 yards, but he made his biggest impact at cornerback. He had two interceptions. The second prevented a touchdown in the end zone. "

It kept Valencia (7-2, 3-1) ahead, 14-0, late in the second quarter. The Tigers took that lead on a 5-yard keeper by Pina and a 6-yard run by Isaac Dominguez. Kennedy (4-5, 1-3) responded with a drive to the Tigers 16 after Dominguez´s score, but Pina´s pick ended the Fighting Irish´s chance.

Valencia took over at its 20 and scored on Jesse Sandoval´s 37-yard field goal to lead, 17-0, at halftime. Dominguez scored on runs of 19 and 1 yard in the second half to push the Tigers advantage to 31-0. He finished with 14 carries for 99 yards and three touchdowns. Teammate Ruben Escarsega was just as punishing without scoring, ending with a game-high 19 carries for 133 yards.

Kennedy avoided the shutout late on Kyle White´s 1-yard run. The Irish recovered the kickoff and quarterback Andy Peterson scored on a 7-yard scramble to make it 31-12 with 3:48 to play.

Valencia sticks to basics in victory 45-0 over Katella

By LOU PONSI
OCVarsity staff

ANAHEIM - The Valencia football team didn´t need to do anything fancy in a 45-0 Empire League victory over Katella on Thursday at Glover Stadium.

Valencia´s Isaac Dominguez led all backs with 140 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries as the Tigers were most productive when keeping the ball on the ground. The Tigers (6-2, 2-1), ranked No 7 in the Southwest Division and No. 24 in the OCVarsity.com poll, have games remaining against Kennedy and Loara, both quality opponents.

"We were just going into this game like we have a three-game season," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said. "Our league is real balanced ... it´s a battle every week." Valencia intercepted Katella quarterback Matt Judd four times, and aside from a 45-yard run by Nikio Bush in the fourth quarter, held the Knights (1-7, 0-2) to 7 yards of total offense in the second half.

The Tigers Karsen Garcia turned in a solid all-purpose performance, catching a 47-yard touchdown pass, grabbing two interceptions and setting up the first score with a 48-yard return on the game´s opening kickoff. Bush led the Knights with 98 yards on 20 carries.

Cypress holds off Valencia 15-10 in Empire League play.

By STEVE FRYER
OCVarsity.com

ANAHEIM - Cypress might not be as large or as offensively explosive as it was last year when the Centurions won a CIF championship. But they still are finding ways to win. The Centurions used a quick defense and made enough big plays on offense to beat Valencia, 15-10, Thursday in an Empire League game at Western High.

The victory gave Cypress sole possession of first place in the Empire. Cypress is 2-0 in league. Grouped together at 1-1 are Loara, Kennedy and Valencia. Katella and Pacifica, both 0-1 in league, play tonight at Bolsa Grande High. Cypress is 4-3 overall. Valencia is 5-2.

A fumble recovery led to Cypress´ first touchdown and the Centurions got two of their five sacks in the final minute of the game. On Valencia´s last-chance play on fourth-and-10 at the Cypress 45-yard line, Valencia receiver Karsen Garcia took a short pass but was tackled quickly by Cypress cornerback Ryan Milosek 5 yards shy of a first down. "Our defense came through," Cypress coach Ray Fenton said. "They´ve been doing a very good job the last three weeks."

The offense did enough to support that defense. After Cypress linebacker Marcus Maldonado recovered a Valencia fumble at the Tigers´ 14-yard line, Centurions quarterback Max Reza passed to Archie Bernard on a tackle-eligible play for 13 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter. The kick for the extra point missed, leaving Cypress with a 6-0 lead. In the final minute of the half, a A 34-yard completion from Reza to Tyler Donahue set up a 37-yard field goal by Shawn Hansen on the half´s final play to make it 9-0.

Valencia´s Jesse Sandoval kicked a 35-yard field goal to trim Cypress´ lead to 9-3. A muffed punt return was recovered by the Tigers´ Garrison Kean at the Centurions´ 20 to set up the field goal. The Tigers took the lead with 9:32 to go in the fourth quarter when quarterback David Pina connected with Aaron Brewer on a 25-yard touchdown pass play. Sandoval´s kick for the extra point put Valencia ahead, 10-9.

Cypress´ winning drive started with 6:05 to go. Reza completions of 28, 4 and 19 yards led the Centurions downfield until Reza scored on a 9-yard run with 2:02 left. Cypress went for two, but Reza´s pass was knocked down, leaving the score 15-10. Valencia´s final drive started at its 20 with 1:56 to go. A fourth-down screen pass from Pina to Isaac Dominguez was good for 15 yards and a first down, and a facemask penalty on a sack, a fourth-down play, kept the Tigers alive until Milosek´s tackle ended it. "We´re not a big team, by any means," Fenton said. "But we´re doing a good job with what we have." Cypress has beaten Valencia three times in a row.

They did not play during the regular season last year, because of widespread fires and the resulting poor air quality that canceled or postponed many games. But they met in the CIF-Southern Section Southern Division semifinals, in which Cypress took a 28-21 victory, before going on to defeat another league rival, Pacifica, in the division final. Cypress beat Valencia in a league game in 2006, 10-6. Cypress plays Loara in a league game next Friday at Glover Stadium. Valencia, which also lost to Western, plays Katella on Thursday at Glover Stadium

Valencia lands knockout blow to beat Pacifica 36-22

By NICK TAYLOR
Special to OCVarsity.com

PLACENTIA - In a bout that resembled two heavyweights slugging it out, Valencia delivered the final blow.
The host Tigers stopped Pacifica on fourth down from the 5 with 3:17 remaining, lifting Valencia to a 36-22 victory Saturday in an Empire League opener.

"It went back and forth," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said. "I´m proud of the way we hung in there in the second half."

Valencia (5-1, 1-0), No. 2 in the CIF-SS Southwest Division, needed Ruben Escarsega´s three touchdown runs and Karsen Garcia´s 53-yard TD catch and 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to hold off Pacifica (2-4, 0-1). The Mariners rallied behind Josh Brannon´s 242 yards rushing.

Team Totals: Pacifica Valencia
First Downs 23 12
Rushing Yards 227 140
Passing Yards 186 128
Total Yards 413 268
Comp-Att-Int 15-28-0 5-10-0
Fumbles Lost 2 1
Penalties Yards 33 63
Time of Possession 0 0

Valencia cruises past Brea Olinda 41-3

By DALE RUHE
Special to OCVarsity.com

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

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

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

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

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

Dominguez leads Tigers 28-17 over Capo Valley

By ERIC PATTEN
Special to OCVarsity.com

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

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

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

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

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

By KENNY CONNOLLY
Special to OCVarsity.com

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

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

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

Ortega helps Western wear down Valencia 24-7

By JIMMY LIANG
Special to OCVarsity.com

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

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

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

Valencia takes control 17-7 over Villa Park

By ANTHONY MENDOZA
OCVarsity Staff

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

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

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

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Valencia 4-1-0 6-4-0
Western 1-4-0 4-6-0

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