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Valencia football lets Chaminade pull away

Posted: September 12, 2013 11:11 p.m.
Updated: September 12, 2013 11:11 p.m.

Valencia's Nick Jones, left, pulls down a touchdown pass in between Chaminade defenders Julian Brently (24) and Nick Doctors (35) in the first quarter at Valencia High School on Thursday night.

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Two straight shootout wins by Santa Clarita Valley football teams over a state power in a six-day span was a bit too much to ask on Thursday at Valencia High.

Coming off a strong defensive performance a week earlier against Palmdale, the Valencia Vikings allowed the Chaminade Eagles to pile up 742 yards of offense on the way to a 56-34 win in Valencia’s home opener.

It was Valencia's third straight loss to the Eagles in as many years.

Chaminade, ranked 23rd in the state on CalHiSports.com, lost 55-54 in a battle of offense last Friday to Hart. This week started out looking like a similar back-and-forth affair until the Eagles pulled away with 21 unanswered points to finish the game.

“We got our heads down,” said Valencia wide receiver Nick Jones. “As soon as they got a big play and got open, we got our heads down.”

The Vikings (1-1) showed some offensive prowess of their own, particularly in the passing game where quarterback Jake Wallace threw for 416 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions on 24-for-31 passing.

Wallace also ran in a score from 9-yards out in the second half.

He completed eight of his passes and three touchdowns to Nick Jones, who broke his own school record for receiving yards in game with 232. He set the previous record of 221 last year.

“It means a lot,” Jones said of the record. “But this win meant more than anything else. I don’t care if we spread around the ball or whoever gets it.”

Jones’ scoring plays went for 48, 70 and 20 yards and most of his catches were on wide open plays.

Chaminade (2-1) had plenty of quick strikes of its own as quarterback and University of Miami commit Brad Kaaya finished 16-of-25 for 430 yards and four touchdowns.

On the ground, running backs Donovan Lee and Cory Watkins slipped by tackles and picked up big chunks of yardage all night long.

Lee had 165 rushing yards and a score on 18 carries to go with 134 yards and another touchdown on four catches. Watkins added 132 yards on 15 rushes.

“It was good to get that one under our belt, that loss last week,” said Chaminade head coach Ed Croson. “But I give Valencia all the credit. They fought really hard.”

In total, the teams combined for 1,229 yards of offense.

The game really picked up pace late in the second quarter when Wallace threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Jones, this one for 70 yards down the middle.

That cut Chaminade’s lead to 21-13 at the 1:37 mark of the second quarter. The teams then traded two quick scores in the next 1 minute, 17 seconds of game time to set the halftime score of 28-20 in favor of the Eagles.

The trading of scores continued into the third quarter until the Vikings finally let up a tad on offense.

Chaminade put together three consecutive touchdown drives beginning midway through the third quarter and ending with the final dagger early in the fourth when Kaaya lobbed it to a wide open Dymond Lee in the end zone.

 

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