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Players to Watch

This year Valencia High School turned out some great athletes in 2009. Here's three of them.
Donnie Sproal Jesse Sandoval Karsen Garcia
Valencia HS - Placentia CA
4.5 GPA
National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist
IB Diploma Programme Candidate
Valencia HS - Placentia CA
88% - Field Goal
91% - Touch Backs
Valencia HS - Placentia CA
WR/DB/KR
NCAA Qualified
Contact: (714) 996-4970
Mike Marrujo mmarrujo@pylusd.org
Curt Pike cpike@pylusd.org
Jason Gray (714) 996-4970 x7804

Wilkerson carries Tustin to victory 31-14

By JOSH DIGGS
SPECIAL TO OCVARSITY.COM

TUSTIN - Tustin wanted to send a message about running back Anthony Wilkerson - he´s finally healthy.

The senior tailback pummeled Valencia´s defense for 329 yards on 48 carries to lead the Tillers to a 31-14 victory in a CIF-SS Southwest Division first-round playoff game at Tustin High on Friday night.

Tustin (10-1) will play Huntington Beach in the second round next week.

Wilkerson, the county rushing leader despite battling injuries that kept him from practicing for a three-week stretch, accounted for all but 16 yards of his team´s offense and scored on touchdown runs of 1, 34, 1 and 43 yards.

"He´s been hurt but he´s finally getting back into running shape," Tustin Coach Myron Miller said. "Every week we´re seeing a better Anthony. Lucky for us he´s on an upswing."

Wilkerson carried the ball on 12 of Tustin´s first 13 plays on the opening possession before punching it in from a yard out.

After wearing out the Tigers (4-7) for 15 more carries on the next series that resulted in James Arvizu´s 21-yard field goal, Wilkerson broke through for a 34-yard score that put Tustin ahead, 17-7, with 31.7 seconds left in the half.

He didn´t slow down in the second half, scoring on runs of 1 and 43 yards out.
 

New regime as Pacifica tops Valencia 28-23

By LOU PONSI
OCVARSITY.COM
GARDEN GROVE - Pacifica beat Valencia at its own game in the final Empire League contest of the season for both teams Thursday night at Garden Grove High.

The Mariners rushed for all of their touchdowns and gained 342 yards on the ground in a 28-23 victory over the run-oriented Tigers, who will enter the playoffs as the Empire League's No. 3 representative.

Pacifica´s victory is its the first against Valencia in the four years the Mariners have been in the Empire League. Pacifica (5-4-1, 4-1) finished in second place and will enter the Southwest Division playoffs as the No. 2 seed from the league.

"Our kids played super hard and got something they wanted," Pacifica´s first-year coach, Marcello Giuliano, said. "Coach Marrujo is an outstanding coach and they (the Tigers) were ready."

Pacifica had to battle back after trailing, 17-14, at the half. The Mariners started from their 20 after receiving the second-half kickoff and drove the 80 yards in 17 plays, running on every down except one. Luther Tolbert capped the seven-minute drive with a 5-yard touchdown run that gave Pacifica a 21-17 lead.

After running well in the first half, the Tigers (4-6, 2-3) were forced to punt on their next two possessions. Pacifica then took over on their 36 with 10:01 left in game.

This time, however, instead of grinding out another long drive, the Mariners struck quickly as Cody Johnson broke through the line for a 67-yard touchdown on the second play.

Valencia made it interesting when Robert Mata connected with Greg Hammond for a 32-yard touchdown, getting the Tigers to within 28-23 with 2:52 left. However, Valencia couldn´t convert a two-point conversion try nor recover the ensuing onside kick.

Here's a look at the Empire League playoff picture:
EMPIRE LEAGUE
Cypress (9-1, 5-0): The league championship was wrapped up when Cypress beat Pacifica last week.
Pacifica (5-4-1, 4-1): The Mariners clinched second place with a victory over Valencia on Thursday.
Valencia (4-6, 2-3): The Tigers finished tied for third with Kennedy, but the Tigers own the tiebreaker over the Fighting Irish so they are in as the league's third-place team.
Kennedy (5-5, 2-3): The Fighting Irish are eligible to petition for the Southwest's lone at-large berth.
Loara (5-5, 1-4): The Saxons are eligible to petition for an at-large berth, but they would be a long shot.
Katella (2-8, 1-4): The Knights have been eliminated.
 

Valencia looks solid in victory over Loara 35-7

By BRUCE BOURQUIN
SPECIAL TO OCVARSITY.COM

PLACENTIA Valencia stayed alive in a late bid for a CIF playoff berth Friday night at Bradford Stadium in a 35-7 romp over Loara.

The Tigers improved to 2-2 in the Empire League (4-5 overall) and must finish at least third in the league to clinch a berth. They are in a two-team race with Kennedy (2-2). "We´re in good shape," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said. "We have a shot."

Steve Lagovi scored four touchdowns in the first half and rushed for 179 yards. Greg Hammond also had a monster first half with three catches for 36 yards, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt that led to a touchdown.

The Saxons (4-5, 0-4) saw the Tigers defense sack quarterback Michael Schneider four times. There were also two interceptions despite the Tigers missing four starters because of injuries.

"There was a lot of good blocking up front," Marrujo said. "The kids that filled in for our starters played real well." Valencia quarterback Robert Mata went 12-for-12 passing for 156 yards and a touchdown.

Valencia won its 75th Homecoming game.

Valencia scores late, holds on. The Tigers edge Kennedy, 17-14.

By LOU PONSI
OCVARSITY.COM

ANAHEIM - Valencia made some huge defensive plays in its Empire League game against Kennedy on Thursday at Western High School. But none was bigger than the fumble recovery by Omar Perez in the final minute of the game, which preserved the Tigers´ 17-14 victory. Jesse Sandoval´s 43-yard field goal with 7:57 left in the game broke a 14-14 tie.

The Fighting Irish later took possession on their 40 with 2:20 left and advanced to the Valencia 23 when Perez´s fumble recovery with 39 seconds left ended Kennedy´s hopes for a comeback. The referees held a brief meeting to determine if the ball had been fumbled by Kennedy running back D.J. Boulton.

The victory keeps playoff hopes alive for the Tigers (3-5, 1-2), who have games left vs. Loara on Nov. 6 and Pacifica on Nov. €12. Kennedy (4-4, 1-2) plays its final two regular season games against Katella and Cypress.

"The kids played very very hard," Valencia coach Mike Marrujo. "The defense played spectacular, and they got turnovers. That was the key to the game."

Tyler Berman and Matt Gonzalez each had interceptions for the Tigers. The Tigers´ Steve Logovii led all rushers with 163 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

Katella runs past Valencia 28-20

By HUGO PACHECO
SPECIAL TO OCVARSITY.COM

PLACENTIA Katella rushed for 257 yards Friday night in a 28-20 Empire League victory over host Valencia at Bradford Stadium.

Knights running back Nik Bush led the way with 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. After a scoreless first quarter, Valencia stopped a Katella fourth-down conversion attempt, then marched 53 yards on a 10-play, four-minute drive capped by Steve Logovii´s 1-yard scamper into the end zone. Katella answered right back when Bush ran 48 yards on a critical fourth-and-two play. Jake Salcedo then put the Tigers (2-5, 0-2) back on top, 13-6, with a 6-yard scoring run.

Early in the third quarter, the momentum shifted after a mishandled punt gave Katella (2-5, 1-1) the ball on the Tigers 1-yard line. John Cayax quickly took the ball into the end zone, putting the Knights up 14-13. At the end of the third quarter, quarterback Andy Judd capped off Katella´s seven-minute, 85-yard drive with a 27-yard run that put the Knights ahead, 21-13

Late in the fourth quarter, Bush´s 15-yard run sealed the victory which snapped Katella´s five-game losing streak. The Knights converted on two of three fourth-down conversion attempts while stopping both of Valencia´s fourth-down gambles.

Cypress, Muhammad can't be stopped 44-17

By LOU PONSI
OCVARSITY.COM

PLACENTIA - Cypress running back Akeelie Muhammad was too much for Valencia to handle in the Empire League opener between the Centurions and Tigers on Thursday at Valencia High.

Muhammad carried 25 times for 330 yards and five touchdowns to lead Cypress to a 44-17 victory. The senior set the tone with a 55-yard scoring run to give Cypress (5-1, 1-0) a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Through six games, Muhammad is among the county leaders in rushing and scoring with1,035 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Cypress quarterback Zack Ortiz had 85 yards rushing and one touchdown on 12 carries. Steve Logovii led the Tigers (2-4, 0-1) with 71 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Valencia runs to victory over Brea Olinda 41-13

By KENNY CONNOLLY
SPECIAL TO OCVARSITY

PLACENTIA - In need of a consistent rushing attack, Valencia head coach Mike Marrujo turned to his starting fullback Steve Logovii. Logovii responded by rushing for four touchdowns and powering his way to 151 yards on 31 carries, giving the Tigers a 41-13 victory over Brea Olinda Friday night in the nonleague finale for both teams at Valencia High. "We haven´t been able to run the ball effectively, and that is our school´s trademark," Marrujo said. "Steve did a good job and when you run the ball, thing happen for you."

Valencia offensive linemen Junior Guata, Jerman Elias, Adam Forney, Joshua Gamboa and Kyle McMahon manhandled Brea's front seven, allowing the tigers to carry the ball 49 times for 215 yards. "I saw the offensive line fighting all night, and that much more," Logovii said. The tigers put together three consecutive scoring drives of 10, 11, 10 plays in the second half.

Valencia's Steve Logovii rushed for four touchdowns, finishing the game with 151 yards on 31 carries. It was the junior's first game starting at running back, transitioning from fullback. The Tigers' Chase French had a 95-yard interception return for a TD, with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, giving Valencia a 41-13 advantage.

Dunn helps lead El Dorado past Valencia 28-15

The Golden Hawks take control at the end to win, 28-15.
September 25, 2009 11:15 PM

By LOU PONSI
OCVARSITY.COM

PLACENTIA - Even with his team leading by three touchdowns at halftime, El Dorado first-year coach Shawn Racobs didn't expect his Golden Hawks to breeze to an easy victory over city rival Valencia. Racobs was correct.

Valencia was within a touchdown late in the third quarter, but the Golden Hawks took control for a 28-15 victory. "I don't think any victory is easy, especially when you are going against Coach (Mike) Marrujo," said Racobs, who was an assistant under Marrujo for the past eight years and played for the coach in high school.

The Golden Hawks (2-1) reclaimed the victory bell, the trophy the schools have played for the past 10 years. Valencia (1-2) had possession of it after a 17-16 victory in 2008, but the Golden Hawks have won three of the past four meetings. The overall series is tied at 19 victories each. "It is a great victory for the kids," Racobs said. "They worked hard all week. I know how important it is to them."

El Dorado's Brock Dunn led all rushers with 140 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. Dunn's 14 yard touchdown capped an 80 yard drive that gave the Hawks the lead after the game's first drive. Andreas Ambuehl connected with Robert Ellison for El Dorado's second score, and Dunn's next touchdown, this one for 15 yards, put the Hawks ahead, 21-0, at the half. It looked as if El Dorado's dominance would continue into the third quarter after the Tigers wasted a long drive by fumbling on the Hawks' 18-yard line.

But the Tigers defense kept El Dorado pinned back, and when the Hawks fumbled on a fourth-down punt try, Valencia's Omar Perez recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. El Dorado was held to a three-and-out on its next possession, and Valencia followed with 61-yard scoring drive capped by a 2-yard run from Matt Gonzalez.

A two-point conversion got the Tigers to within 21-15 with 44 seconds left in the third. El Dorado then took over and held the ball for more than eight minutes before missing a 45 yard field goal try. Valencia took over on its own 20 with 3:55 remaining, but an interception and 30 yard return by Ellison pretty much put the game away. A 2 yard scoring run from Ambuehl with 2:16 left sealed the victory. "Any time you play in a rival game like this, you are going to have big plays on both sides," Racobs said.
 

Valencia Runs Over Western 16-6

By LOU PONSI
OC VARSITY.COM

PLACENTIA - After a disappointing loss in the season´s first game, Valencia coach Mike Marrujo did some shifting of personnel heading into the Tigers´ Week 2 contest vs. Western. The adjustments made all the difference as Valencia came away with a 16-6 non league victory over the Pioneers Friday at Valencia High School.

The difference was a solidified offensive line, which opened some nice holes for running back Omar Perez. Perez carried 29 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tigers (1-1) to their first victory of the season.

The Tigers rushed for 215 yards as a team. "We played a lot better that last week, "said Marrujo, refering to the Tigers' 22-7 los to Villa Park, a contest in which held to 1 yard rushing and 52 total yards.

Valencaia was just as stellar on defense, shutting down the Pioneers offense when it mattered most. After Perez's second touchdown put Valencia up by 10 with just under two minutes left in the third quarter, Western (0-2) didn't manage a drive lasting longer than four plays. The Pioneers started their first drive of the forth quarter on the Valencia 47, but turned it over on downs after losing 1 yard.

Western's next drive lasted one play, thank to an interception by Karsen Garcia that out the game away for the Tigers with 2:27 left. Western running back Ruben Ortega gained 75 yards on seven carries.

Spartans victorious over Tigers 22-7

By BRIAN SMITH
SPECIAL TO OCVARSITY.COM

ORANGE - After a first half that saw Villa Park lose three turnovers, the Spartans turned things around in the second half against Valencia, using a pair of third quarter touchdowns and a solid defensive effort to post a 22-7 victory over the Tigers at Fred Kelly Stadium.

A Mike Stankan interception on the second play of the half gave the Spartans the ball at the Tiger 38. Six plays later, David Tafuna scored from the one to break a 7-all tie at the half.

After a Valencia punt, the Spartans marched 54 yards in seven plays. Spencer Stephens hauled in an Andrew Selway 23-yard pass for the second touchdown hookup of the night.

The Villa Park defense did the rest, allowing one first down (on a penalty) the entire second half. For the gake, Villa Park allowed five first downs and 52 total yards.

Football Season Schedule 2009-10

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  2009-10 FOOTBALL SEASON

 SEPT

Sept 24 JV vs. El Dorado 3PM @ Home
Sept 24 Frosh vs. El Dorado 3PM Away
Sept 25 VAR vs. El Dorado 7PM Away (Bradford Stadium) Lasagna Dinner night 4:30-6:30
All Day on Mondays
- Sept - Peps Pizza (Alta Vista & Rose Dr.) 9/21, 9/28 Click for Flyer
Sept 23 El Torito (Kraemer & Yorba Linda Blvd) Click for Flyer
 

OCT

All Day on Mondays - Oct -Pepz Pizza (Alta Vista & Rose Dr.) 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 Click for Flyer
Oct 7 Rubio's (Kraemer & Yorba Linda Blvd)
 

NOV

Nov 11 Dine with the Tigers - Carl's Jr. (Bradford & Yorba Linda Blvd)

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Cypress 3-2-0 7-3-0
Kennedy 0-5-0 2-8-0
Pacifica 4-1-0 9-1-0
Tustin 3-2-0 8-2-0
Valencia 4-1-0 6-4-0
Western 1-4-0 4-6-0

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