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Prep football It all goes right for Valencia

Murphy throws five touchdowns, while defense allows 13 points

Posted: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

SANTA MONICA — Valencia senior quarterback Sean Murphy had a hard time last year living up to the standard that All-CIF quarterback Alex Bishop set in 2009 and 2010.

Thus, he played a conservative style that still won games, but wasn’t flashy.

Murphy’s a different quarterback in 2012.

His 380 yards passing and five touchdowns, as well as his playmaking receivers and a hit-hungry defense led Valencia to a 41-13 win over Santa Monica High on Friday at Santa Monica College.

Murphy has 10 touchdown passes in his last two games. He had six all of last year in 11 games.

“I’m more relaxed this year,” he said. “Last year, there was a lot of pressure trying to come in after Bishop. I tried to be the best.”

Now, Murphy has found a touch throwing the football, and his receivers have chimed in by making his rare off-passes look on.

The game was never in doubt.

Valencia (2-2) was up 28-0 at halftime and SaMoHi (2-2) was unable to stop the pass.

Murphy had 295 yards by halftime.

Malik Townsend caught an 8-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and Nick Jones made a spectacular catch and run for a 73-yard score.

Tedric Thompson’s two second quarter scores (18 and 20 yards) set the halftime score.

USC-commit Sebastian LaRue was quiet before catching a 19-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter to cut Valencia’s lead to 28-6.

LaRue, who rushed for a 5-yard score late in the fourth quarter, wasn’t much of a factor. He caught five passes for 55 yards and ran for 44 on six carries.

Credit that to the Valencia defense.

The Vikings had interceptions from Thompson, Anthony Costleigh and Spencer Hixon. They also had three sacks, including 1 1/2 by Justin Son — who was a terror in the first half.

“Give credit to the coaches. They changed things in practice,” Son said. “It’s now fast-paced. They’re getting on us more.”

Valencia got second-half scores from a 2-yard run by Stone Jackson and and 8-yard pass to Jones, who had five catches for 120 yards.



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