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Jay Jay Wilson, Valencia football beat Palmdale

Posted: September 6, 2013 11:27 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2013 11:27 p.m.
 

LANCASTER — Valencia junior Jay Jay Wilson called this one his Hart game.

The wide receiver/safety grew up in Palmdale, played Pop Warner football with current Falcons and Friday he returned home to help the Vikings defeat Palmdale 29-20 in Valencia’s season opener.

Wilson intercepted two passes in a Valencia defensive showcase featuring seven sacks, a safety and a fumble recovery.

Valencia shut Palmdale out 17-0 in the second half.

“Our defense struggled early against the top running back in California. We had our butterflies,” Wilson said of Palmdale superstar back Demario Richard. “But we had to get 11 hats on the ball. He was going to break a couple. But we turned it around.”

Richard had 89 yards on 13 carries in the first half with two touchdowns and he intercepted two Jake Wallace passes.

All that pushed Palmdale (1-1) to a 20-12 lead at halftime.

Richard carried the ball just five times in the second half for seven yards as the Falcons couldn’t find an offensive rhythm.

“Our quarterback (Lathaniel Myles) hurt his hip before halftime, and I think that really tied our hands,” said Palmdale head coach Jeff Williams. “We weren’t effective throwing the football and they were getting to our quarterback too quickly.”

Late in the third quarter, Myles had to chase a bad snap in his own end zone then Valencia’s Ryan Ferrone fell on him for a safety to cut Palmdale’s lead to 20-16.

That led to an 11-yard touchdown pass from Wallace, in his first varsity start, to Wilson on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Vikings (1-0) a 23-20 lead.

Wallace was 21-of-30 for 210 yards with two touchdown passes and the two interceptions.

There were times he held onto the ball too long, which resulted in five Palmdale sacks. But Wallace kept the last two Viking scoring drives alive with his legs.

“The defense bailed me out,” Wallace said. “But it was a W.”

Palmdale went three and out on its first drive of the final quarter because of sacks by Josh Stanton and Jordan Nguyen.

That eventually led to a 2-yard Stone Jackson touchdown run with 7:46 to play to set the final score at 29-20.

Wilson intercepted a pass with 32 seconds to stop Palmdale.

It was an emotional win for him, he said, playing against so many friends.

“They’re probably not going to talk to me any more,” he joked.

Vikings Josh Semko and Justin Son each had 1 1/2 sacks.

Spencer Hixon had a sack and a fumble recovery.

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