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Prep football: Valencia keeps grasp on title

Vikings shut out Golden Valley to win their fourth straight Foothill League champions

Posted: November 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Last week was the climax for Valencia football, and though Friday was bound to be anticlimactic, the Vikings still had to finish.

And finish they did.

Valencia defeated Golden Valley 49-0 at Canyon High claiming the Foothill League title outright in the regular season finale.

Now the Vikings (7-3 overall, 5-0 in the Foothill League) own four-straight Foothill championships and turn their attention to the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs where they will likely be the No. 2 seed in the postseason.

In the last three league title seasons, they’ve gone semifinals, semifinals and first-round exit.

So why is this year bound to be any different?

“It definitely helps that the Marmonte League is gone,” said Valencia quarterback Sean Murphy. “Coming out on top of league, we’ll have a better seed. And just how far we’ve come this season and we’re still growing.”

Yes, the Marmonte League, which dominated the division since it became the Northern Division in 2006 with five titles, is gone to the Pac-5 Division.

That opens things up for teams of the Vikings’ caliber.

Last Friday, Valencia defeated preseason league-title favorite Hart 31-20 and knew that the Grizzlies were not on the same level of the Indians.

So the goal was to win and win fast.

The Vikings did that.

Valencia scored all 49 points in the first half and had a 35-0 lead after the first play of the second quarter.

Golden Valley tried to not let that happen, recovering their own onside kick on the first play of the game.

But the Grizzlies went three-and-out and would also do so on their next four possessions.

Valencia scored on its first offensive play — a 58-yard pass from Murphy to Ethan Yoo.

Murphy was 9-for-9 for 233 yards and three touchdowns and was out of the game by the middle of the second quarter.

Malik Townsend (38 yards) and Jake Solley (7 yards) also caught touchdown passes and James Berkley scored on runs of 4 and 1 yard and Taylor Epstein added a 2-yarder.

Golden Valley turned the ball over four times, including an interception that Anthony Costleigh took back 25 yards in the second quarter for a touchdown.
“Last week was the highlight of the whole season,” Costleigh said. “This week was another step forward.”

The Grizzlies (0-10, 0-5) struggled throughout the game to build on offense.

Their biggest play was a Robert Phillips to Chase Lewis connection for 47 yards in the third quarter.

They have now lost 17 straight games and are 0-34 all time in the Foothill League.

“I’m sorry,” said an emotional Golden Valley head coach Robert Fisher on what he told his team after the game.

Yet there are bright spots ahead.

The Grizzlies had some big Foothill League wins on the lower levels, Phillips is a junior and there was only one senior on the offensive line.

“These seniors kind of set the bar higher,” Fisher said. “We can think 0-10 is an easy thing, but these seniors worked harder than any Golden Valley football team before.”


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