TIM TUTTLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER OCRegister
Placentia * Etiwanda scored two fourth-period touchdowns to defeat Valencia, 24-14, in a wellplayed CIF-SS Division 4 first-round game Friday night on the Tigers’ field.
It was a game of contrasting styles. Valencia, which had won three straight, ran a ball-control, running offense. Etiwanda countered with a no-huddle, hurry-up spread. Trailing 10-7, the Tigers (4-7) drove 95 yards on 19 running plays with its first possession of the second half to take a 14-10 lead on quarterback Sam Lydic’s 1-yard sneak with 19.3 seconds left in the third period.
Valencia star Jahquon Speed, who had 149 yards on 30 carries, had 46 yards on 10 carries on the drive. Fullback Ronnie Velasquez contributed 23 yards rushing on three carries.
Etiwanda (5-6) took the ensuing kickoff and Kasmir Dina, a 5-foot-5, 145-pound senior, took advantage of the spread to run for 25 yards on five carries and quarterback Tommy McDonnell completed a 10-yard pass to Hunter Black to the 4.
After Valencia stopped Dina for no gain on back-to-back plays, Evan Gutierrez ran 4 yards out of the wildcat for the go-ahead touchdown.
Valencia put together a fourth-quarter drive, reaching the Eagles’ 39, but fumbled the opportunity away.
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Etiwanda Eagles football playoff game @ Valencia on Friday, November 11 @ 7p.
Click here: 2016 CIF Southern Section High School Football Playoff Brackets Division 4
Etiwanda (4-6) vs. Valencia (4-6) Where, when: Valencia High, 7 p.m.
Outlook: Etiwanda finished fourth in the six-team Baseline League in which state No. 5 Rancho Cucamonga was league champion. The Eagles had lost three in a row before a 46-42 win over Damien of La Verne last week. Valencia was 0-5 in nonleague play before going 4-1 in the Empire League to share the league title with Tustin. Valencia beat Tustin and Cypress over the past two weeks. The winner plays the Carter-Lompoc winner.
ANAHEIM * Speed very well may kill, but it also proved to be the key ingredient in Valencia High’s newfound life.
With a pair of seasons hanging in the balance on Friday night, it’s all a matter of perspective when considering how Jahquon Speed capped the regular season.
The Tigers senior running back racked up a career-high 358 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries, leading Valencia to a thrilling 28-26 victory over Cypress in an Empire League game at Western High.
On the backs of Speed and the offensive line, Valencia (4-6, 4-1) captured a share of the Empire League title with Tustin (8-2, 4-1) and also likely qualified for the Division 4 playoffs despite opening the season with an 0-5 record.
“The players, the coaches, the boosters, the community – everybody has been so supportive,” Tigers coach Shawn Racobs said. “Considering the situation we were in, these kids kept fighting back each and every week. They improved every week and they hung in there. The most important thing that they did was believe in themselves.”
While the Tigers celebrated on one side of the field, there was a noticeable sense of uncertainty on the Cypress sideline just minutes after it nearly erased a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit.
The Centurions (6-4, 2-3) dropped to fourth place in league with the loss, and will have to wait to see if their name is called Sunday as an atlarge team in Division 9. “I think we’ve done enough to get in,” Cypress coach Rick Feldman said. “Our league is a lot tougher than people think. Based on the way it looks, I like our chances of getting in, but I’m not counting on it because you never know.” The Centurions had no answer for Speed, who accounted for all but 21 of the Tigers’ yards. Valencia led, 28-13, at halftime.
Cypress quarterback Alex Ashcraft tossed a 27-yard TD pass to Cameron Repetti with 7:46 to play, cutting the deficit to eight. The Centurions’ signal caller later capped a nine-play, 84-yard scoring drive with a 2-yard keeper, putting his squad within a 2point conversion of overtime.
Ashcraft’s pass attempt on the ensuing conversion sailed just past the outstretched arms of Noah Zuzuarregui, sending the Valencia sideline into a frenzy with one minute left on the clock.
“Obviously this one stinks,” Feldman said. “We could’ve gone in the tank and said we’re going to lose. But they fought back all the way to the last second. I could be happier, but I can’t be prouder.”
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By TIM TUTTLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER OCRegister
PLACENTIA * Resurgent Valencia pried open the door to a possible Empire League championship with a 28-20 victory over Tustin on Friday on the Tigers’ field. Valencia snapped Tustin’s six-game winning streak and tied the Tillers on top of the league with 3-1 records.
“When we were 0-5, we could have folded and they didn’t,” first-year Valencia coach Shawn Racobs said. “If we beat Cypress next week, a very good team, we’re Empire League champions.”
Valencia running back Jahquon Speed rushed for 207 yards on 25 carries. His 70yard, off-tackle, run-to-daylight blast in the fourth quarter for a touchdown put the Tigers (3-6) ahead 28-20.
“Speed did an outstanding job,” Racobs said. “He exploded when we needed him to and read the holes for those tough yards. And he played every down on defense.” The Tigers defense had to contend with Tustin star runner KC Carr, Orange County’s leading rusher entering the game. Carr had 119 yards on 25 carries including 5- and 6-yard touchdown runs. He also caught two passes for 43 yards.
Tied at 14 at halftime, Valencia drove 77 yards on nine plays for a touchdown on its opening possession of the third period to take a 21-14 lead. Michael Carrasco spun out of the Tillers’ grasp at the line of scrimmage and ran 16 yards for the score. Marvis Burgos kicked the PAT.
Tustin (7-2) struck back with a 67-yard scoring march on four plays. Quarterback Sagel Simon found tight end Gregory Kimball wide open down the middle for a 57-yard gain to the Valencia 15. Carr ran in for the touchdown from the 6 two plays later. The PAT was wide and Valencia led, 2120.
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By TIM TUTTLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER OCRegister
ANAHEIM Elusive Jahquon Speed scored four touchdowns in his opening eight carries to lead Valencia to a 51-7 rout over Western an Empire League game Thursday at Western High.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior, who was slowed by injuries early in the season, had scoring runs of 70, 3, 45 and 26 yards less than 16 minutes into the game.
Speed rushed for 186 yards on nine carries, all in the first half. The Tigers’ Michael Carrasco added 114 yards on seven carries including a 43yard touchdown run, which ended with Valencia leading 45-0. Valencia played its second- team offense for the entire second half, which was played with a running clock.
It was the second win for Valencia (2-6, 2-1) under first-year coach Shawn Racobs. “Jahquon Speed played great, ran hard and he also plays cornerback on defense,” Racobs said. “Michael Carrasco plays fullback and running back for us and he’s a tough, hard runner.
It was a good victory for us.” Valencia also had two interceptions returned for touchdowns, a 43-yarder by defensive end Nathan Perez and a 42-yarder by Joshua Carrera.
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By KENNY CONNOLLY STAFF WRITER OCRegister
PLACENTIA * These are the types of wins Kennedy coach Sean Clark hopes he can circle and look back on in a few years, pinpointing the noticeable growth from his program. Having not beaten Valencia in any of the past eight seasons, the Fighting Irish used senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez’s 289-yard, two touchdown performance to knock off the host Tigers, 24-14, in an Empire League game at Valencia High.
Kennedy (5-2, 2-0) has reeled off four consecutive wins, setting up a huge showdown with league favorite Tustin next Thursday for what should be sole possession of first place in the league standings. “It’s special,” Clark said of topping the Tigers. “Valencia has been the gold standard of the Empire League for a long time.”
The Fighting Irish took a 10-0 lead into halftime, scoring on a 36-yard screen pass from Rodriguez to Gabriel Solorzano on the first drive of the game, and a 33yard field goal from Rodriguez in the second quarter.
Quarterback Sam Lydic and Valencia (1-6, 1-1) finally got rolling in the third quarter. Lydic’s 5-yard keeper capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive to open the second half. His 72-yard scamper on the Tigers’ next series set up Jahquon Speed’s 9-yard TD run, putting Valencia up, 14-10.
But Kennedy scored the final 14 points of the evening in the fourth quarter. Ramirez hooked up with Solorzano for a 39-yard score. Alonza Pineda sealed the victory with a 1-yard touchdown plunge.
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DAVID DELGADO, Contributing writer OCRegister
GARDEN GROVE ● Good things come to those who wait.It took six weeks but Valencia finally got in the win column with a 28-14 triumph over Pacifica on Friday night in an Empire League game at Garden Grove High.
The Tigers (1-6, 1-0) were led by Jahquon Speed, who rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. The Valencia defense also came up big, forcing five turnovers, including three interceptions.
First-year coach Shawn Racobs earned his first victory after succeeding Mike Marrujo. The Mariners (3-3, 0-1) got off to a sloppy start as they fumbled on their first possession. Valencia’s Jose Soria recovered and the Tigers took over in Pacifica territory.
Speed made the Mariners pay for that turnover with a 10-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. At the end of the first quarter, the Pacifica offense started to get back on track as it went on an eight-play drive and tied the score early in the second quarter when Ben Jefferson hit Nate Deaton on a fourth-and-goal pass in the back of the end zone.
But it took just one play for Valencia to regain the lead as Speed took a handoff and raced up the field for a 68-yard TD run. The Tigers defense was able to corral the prolific rushing duo of Raul Balderas
and Jeffers, holding them to a combined 79 yards.
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By SCOTT FRENCH
CONTRIBUTING WRITER - OCRegister
FULLERTON * Josiah Norwood enjoyed a stirring return from injury Friday night, guiding Troy to touchdowns on its first four possessions – three of them on throws into the end zone for Chris Rahlwes – as the Warriors routed winless Valencia, 35-7, in a non-league game at Fullerton High.
Norwood, who missed the loss two weeks ago to Yorba Linda and got an extra week to heal with Troy off last weekend, completed 10 of 13 passes for 114 yards. He connected with Rahlwes on a 21-yard TD pass on the game's opening drive, a 15-yarder late in the first half and 10-yard score that gave the Warriors (3-1) a 28-0 lead midway through the third quarter.
Norwood's effectiveness throwing the ball out of the Warriors' double-wing attack enabled the running game, behind Cole Thomas (83 yards) and Skylar Taylor (55 yards), to keep Valencia's defense on its heels much of the night. Troy's defense was just as good, limiting the Tigers (0-5) to 44 yards rushing and 119 in all through the first three quarters.
“We had a lot of weapons tonight, and our backs ran really hard, and it was nice to see our quarterback, Josiah, get back in there and run the offense,” Troy coach Kevin Hastin said. “But our defense controlled the game. ... We definitely took a step in the tight direction.”
Michael O'Neill started the first two Warriors drives with long runs, for 20 and 19 yards, en route to 40 in all, and returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown with 6:49 to play, restoring the four-TD edge after Valencia ended the shutout on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Sam Lydic, who completed 14 of 23 passes for 144 yards and ran for 27 more, grinded the final yard for the Tigers’ touchdown after hitting Michael Carrasco with a screen pass for a a 43-yard gain to the 1. Troy drove 73, 60 and 77 yards for scores en route to a 21-0 halftime advantage, then drove 40 yards on their first possession of the second half.
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DALE RUHE, Contributing writer - OCRegister
PLACENTIA * Bragging rights in the city were on the line Friday, and El Dorado came away doing the celebrating.
Jack Strouse threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the Golden Hawks past Valencia, 28-14, in a nonleague game at Valencia High. Strouse went 13 for 17 for 189 yards and two touchdown tosses to his favorite target, Connor Leech, who had eight catches for 142 yards. The second Strouse-to-Leech TD came with 5 seconds left in the half to give El Dorado (2-1) a 13-7 lead.
Valencia (0-4) had taken a brief 7-6 lead with 27 seconds remaining in the half on Eric Terrones’ 7-yard run. Strouse took El Dorado 73 yards on two plays in 22 seconds to take the lead for good. El Dorado’s first touchdown drive went a little bit longer, lasting 16 plays and just over five minutes.
The 76-yard march ended when Strouse found Leech open with a 5-yard scoring strike with just over eight minutes left in the opening period. The Tigers opened the second half with a drive to the El Dorado 30-yard line, but the Golden Hawks took over on downs and went 70 yards in six plays.
Strouse threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Robert Arroyo at the midway point of the third quarter. Valencia closed the gap on Michael Carrasco’s 9-yard run with 36 seconds left in the quarter. El Dorado called 11 consecutive plays on the ground before Strouse called his own number on a 9-yard TD run with 7:14 remaining in the game.Jahquon Speed led the Valencia offense with 105 rushing yards on 24 carries.
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BREA * Brea Olinda’s backfield of versatile Noah Rivera, tailback Michael Martinson and quarterback Dylan Flenniken showed plenty of speed and skill against Valencia, leading the Wildcats to a 33-21nonleague victory Friday night at Brea Olinda.
The 5-foot-7, 142-pound Rivera had touchdown runs of 16 and 49 yards and caught a 31-yard scoring pass from Flenniken. The 165-pound Martinson had 4- and 2-yard scoring runs and the 6-foot-3, 170-pound Flenniken was elusive while running and accurate while passing in gaining 277 yards in total offense.
Rivera gained 81 yards on six carries and caught five passes for 120 yards Martinson rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries. Flenniken completed 10 of 16 for 205 yards and ran nine times for 72. Brea (2-0) had 473 yards in total offense. It led 26-7 at halftime and extended it to 33-7 early in the third period.
Valencia (0-3) started Sam Lydic at quarterback for the first time this season. He’d been a wide receiver in the opening two games, but the loss of starter Eric Terrones in the season-opening loss to Capistrano Valley and the ineffectiveness of junior Zach Charles last week against Yorba Linda forced Coach Shaun Racobs, in his first season at Valencia, to switch to the senior Lydic.
The Tigers also played without star running back Jahquon Speed, who was out with an injury. Michael Carrasco, a 200-pound senior, replaced Speed admirably by rushing 19 times for 108 yards. Carrasco had a 27-yard touchdown run that tied the game, 7-7, in the first quarter.
Lydic completed 13 of 17 for 179 yards and ran 16 times for 35. He threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Jordan John in the third period. Nathan Perez scored Valencia’s final touchdown, a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter. Valencia showed resiliency, outscoring Brea 14-7 in the second half. Brea took the opening kickoff and drove 77 on 9 plays, with Rivera scoring on his 16-yard run.
Valencia scored on its first possession with Carrasco’s run, and Brea regained the momentum with a 67-yard, 8-play march capped by Rivera’s 31-yard touchdown reception from Flenniken. un, and Brea regained the momentum with a 67-yard, 8-play march capped by Rivera’s 31-yard touchdown reception from Flenniken.
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By TIM TUTTLE
CONTRIBUTING WRITER OCRegister
PLACENTIA * Mason Winter rushed for 135 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns and Yorba Linda’s defense held Valencia scoreless for the final 30 minutes in a 14-13 nonleague victory Friday night on the Tigers’ field. Winter’s 13-yard scoring run with 10:44 remaining in the second quarter andCole Magliano’s conversion kick put the Mustangs on top, 7-6.
Valencia responded with a 71-yard, 12-play march on its next possession to regain the lead, 13-7, on Zachary Charles’ 1-yard quarterback sneak andMarvin Burgos’ PAT with 6:09 left in the first half. Yorba Linda took the ensuing kickoff and went 72 yard on 11 plays, with the 5-foot-8, 195-pound Winter thundering into the end zone from the 3. Magliano’s kick for a 14-13 lead with 1:46 left in the first half was the game’s decisive point.
Valneica’s Jahquon Speed rushed for 109 yards on 21 carries and had a 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. But Speed had only 13 yards on seven carries in the second half. It was the opening game of the season for Yorba Linda (1-0) and the second for Valencia (0-2).
“I thought our kids settled down and got better as the game went on,” Yorba Linda coach Jeff Bailey said. “Valencia is a good football team with some physical kids and they’ll get better. It didn’t help them that Speed banged up his ankle a bit in the second half. “Winter is a tough kid running inside and we blocked pretty well.”
Luke Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 140-pound junior, made his first start at quarterback for the Mustangs and completed 8 of 12 passes for 88 yards. He also didn’t have a turnover. Valencia played without quarterback Eric Terrones, the opening game starter who was knocked out of last week’s 34-0 loss to Capo Valley on a second-quarter sack that injured his shoulder. The senior is out indefinitely.
Charles replaced Terrones against Capo Valley and was the starter against Yorba Linda. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior showed promise, completing 8 of 18 for 70 yards and running for 39 yards on eight carries. Valencia’s snap on its first PAT hit the ground in front of holder Joshua Carrera, who grabbed it and was tackled.
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Jack Benson, an 11-year-old cancer survivor, will lead the Valencia High School football team onto the field tonight as its honorary captain to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Three years ago, Jack was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer common in children.
“Over the course of the next nine months, Jack would have 10 rounds of chemo, a surgery for a full knee and femur replacement followed with another 10 rounds of chemo before he would be declared cancer free,” said his mother, Shannon Benson of Yorba Linda.
Fifteen months later, a tumor was found in his lower left lung and multiple lymph nodes in his chest. Jack began eight rounds of debilitating chemotherapy and endured two surgeries. Jack is cancer free once again, but has to go in for a scan every three months. “You never leave the cancer world,” Benson said, “because you always have the fear of the cancer coming back.”
Jack will be recognized at the Tigers game against Yorba Linda High School in honor of September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. “We will be giving Jack a jersey he can wear and keep with the No. 4 and his last name on it,” said Luis Garcia, an assistant varsity coach at Valencia High School. “When I asked him why he wanted that No. he simply replied, ‘More than four.’”
According to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, only 4 percent of federal government cancer research funding goes to children. Jack wants to change that. “Four percent isn’t enough to get kids the better chemos so we don’t get so sick,” Jack said.
Organizers are encouraging the community to support childhood cancer research through Give A Buck, a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for pediatric cancer research. Information: g1veabuckfund.org.“We are hoping that it opens people’s minds and hearts in understanding that pediatric cancer research is highly derfunded,” Benson said. “We need to be protecting our kids. They are the ones who are going to be taking care of our world and we are not protecting them.”
PLACENTIA * Capistrano Valley crushed Valencia, 34-0, on the strength of Kevin Brown’s 249 yards passing and a physical defense that had seven sacks Friday in a nonleague season opener for both teams on the Tigers’ field.
Brown connected with sophomore Nathan Manning for touchdown passes of 2 and 25 yards and added a 5-yard scoring run. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound senior completed 15 of 27 attempts. Jude Michinock and Sam Vivolo each had 2-yard touchdown runs for the Cougars, who were 18th in the Register’s preseason rankings.
Valencia was held to 143 total yards, 94 passing and 49 rushing. The Tigers’ swift and strong Jahquon Speed was limited to 64 yards on 23 carries. Capistrano Valley sacked Valencia quarterbacks seven times for 32 yards in losses. The defeat ruined the first game for Valencia coach Shawn Racobs, who took over the program from longtime coach Mike Marrujo. Capistrano Valley also had big plays from its special teams.
Justin Buck’s 47-yard punt return to the Tigers’ 24 set up the Cougars’ first touchdown. Brown completed passes to Manning for 9 yards and Michincock for 13 to move to the 2. After a 3-yard loss, Brown ran 5 yards for the score with 52.4 seconds left in the first quarter. Capistrano Valley’s Michael Dyer returned a punt 30 yards to the Valencia 12 to set up a 3-play drive for a touchdown. Brown hit Manning from the 2 for the score with 8:46 left in the second quarter.
Valencia had one drive deep into the Cougars’ territory. Kion Lathan returned a kickoff 47 yards to the Capistrano Valley 45. On third-and-15, Terrones hit Sam Lydic for a 36-yard gain to the 14. Speed gained 2 yards on first down, but Capistrano Valley recorded three consecutive sacks to end the threat.
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By DAMIAN CALHOUN - OCRegister STAFF WRITER
OCVarsity’s season preview for 2016:
Coach: Shawn Racobs
Last season: 11-1 overall, 5-0 league
Scouting report: The new era of the Valencia program is underway, as Shawn Racobs replaces longtime coach Mike Marrujo, who retired after 35 years. Racobs was the team’s defensive coordinator under Marrujo. The Tigers have six starters returning on offense and five on defense, with a solid core of all-league players back. On offense, the Tigers have two players in the mix to be the starting quarterback, Eric Terrones and Zach Charles. At running back, the Tigers will have Jahquon Speed (907 rushing yards, eight touchdowns). Speed earned first team all-league honors last season. The Tigers will need to develop some wide receiver threats. First-team all-league linebacker Ronnie Velasquez leads the defense.
Bottom line: The Tigers might have a different look on the field, but they should figure things out and contend for the league title.
Players to watch: Jahquon Speed, RB, Sr.; Tyler Glosser, OT, Sr.; Adrian Diaz, OG, Jr.; Ronnie Velasquez, MLB, Sr.; Jake Moran, DT, Sr.
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||2016 FOOTBALL SEASON
Aug 19 Canyon High School (Scrimmage)
Aug 26 Capistrano High
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Sept 2 Yorba Linda High School
Sept 9 Brea Olinda High School
Sept 16 El Dorado High School
Sept 23 Troy High School
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Week 01 Capistrano
Week 02 Yorba Linda
Week 03 Brea
Week 04 El Dorado
Week 05 Troy
|Week 06 Pacifica*
Week 07 Kennedy*
Week 08 Western*
Week 09 Tustin*
Week 11 Cypress*