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Valencia football starts slow then scores 34 straight in win

Posted: September 20, 2013 10:54 p.m.
Updated: September 20, 2013 10:54 p.m.

Four straight subpar offensive drives to start the game and a 13-point deficit made Valencia High School’s long trip to Righetti High of Santa Maria appear to be a waste early on.

However, the Vikings’ slumber lasted a quarter and a half before they turned things around and scored the next 34 points to defeat the Righetti Warriors 34-19 on Friday.

“We played horribly early and didn’t execute well, didn’t respond well to pressure they were giving us,” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir. “At some point, we hung around just enough and didn’t let the game get away from us. Once we figured things out, O-line made some adjustments, things turned around.”

Righetti (2-2) got on the board first with a touchdown pass from quarterback Conor Regan with 5:15 to play in the first quarter to put the Warriors ahead 7-0.

Valencia quarterback Jake Wallace was almost intercepted on third down from inside the Vikings’ 20, then the snap to Cole Murphy on the fourth-down punt was low. Murphy fumbled and was tackled on the 15-yard line.

A couple of plays later, Righetti running back Elijah Wilkinson scored on a 2-yard run with 6:11 to play in the second quarter.

After a missed point after, the Warriors led 13-0.

Valencia’s first three drives ended in turnovers on downs, then the turnover happened.

On the fifth drive, a 30-yard hookup from Wallace to Ethan Yoo set up a John Sayre 2-yard touchdown run, cutting the Warriors’ lead to 13-6 with 3:15 to play before the break.

The Vikings (2-1) missed the point after.

Righetti then drove inside the Vikings’ 10-yard line late in the half on the back of running back Colin Cooper.

On second-and-5 from the Valencia 5, the Warriors went for the touchdown, only to see Regan’s pass fall incomplete.

Valencia fumbled the second half’s opening kickoff but then held and forced a field goal attempt that Righetti missed.

Three huge runs by Stone Jackson helped the Vikings get inside the red zone, and Sayre scored his second 2-yard touchdown as the Vikings tied the score 13-13 with 4:54 to play in the third.

After the Viking defense held Righetti again, Valencia scored again, this time on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Wallace to Jay Jay Wilson to go up 20-13.

After Valencia forced a fumble that was recovered by Spencer Hixon, Wallace threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Nick Jones for a 27-13 lead with 10:14 to play in the fourth quarter.

Wallace capped the Vikings’ scoring with a 52-yard quarterback draw for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give Valencia a 34-13 advantage.

Regan threw a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:39 to play in the game, but Valencia’s Malik Townsend blocked the point after to set the score at 34-19.



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