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Valencia proves to be the better Vikings

Posted: September 27, 2013 11:23 p.m.
Updated: September 27, 2013 11:23 p.m.

Valencia's quarterback Jake Wallace (15) throws a pass as he is snatched by Santa Monica's Dearriyus Dorsey on Friday at Valencia High School.

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A complete defensive effort and a second half surge helped the Valencia Vikings football team down a competitive Santa Monica Vikings squad 42-21 on Friday night at Valencia High School.

“Our defense has gotten better week by week it seems,” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir. “But at this point we need to improve our execution and work on eliminating the kinds of mistakes we made out there.”

Due to a number of holding penalties, Valencia (3-1) allowed Santa Monica to hang around for a significant portion of Friday night’s homecoming game.

Valencia opened up the scoring on the final play of the first quarter, when senior quarterback Jake Wallace found teammate Jay Jay Wilson for a 23-yard touchdown pass to bring the game to 7-0. Wallace finished 24-38 for 278 yards with three total touchdowns and an interception.

From that point on through the middle of the third quarter, the two teams exchanged blows, with Santa Monica (2-2) even taking a 21-14 lead on the first play of the third quarter, when Santa Monica junior quarterback Nico Basile connected with senior receiver De’Jai Whitaker for an 80-yard touchdown.

But for Basile and the Santa Monica (2-2) offense, that was about the only play to get excited about.

Valencia’s front seven dominated the line of scrimmage all game, holding its opponent to just 85 yards rushing. Because of this, Basile was forced to throw on difficult down and distances, leading to a subpar 7-of-25 performance for 166 yards with two interceptions.

After two third quarter touchdown passes from Wallace to senior receiver Nick Jones were called back in the third quarter, Valencia committed just one penalty in the game’s final twenty minutes.

Not surprisingly, Valencia went on to score 28 unanswered points during that stretch, turning a competitive game into a blowout.

The Vikings impressive surge began when Wallace found Jones for a touchdown from 10 yards out with 8:55 remaining in the third quarter.

Following that, WIlson added to his huge day with a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown just before the fourth quarter began to bring the game to 28-21.

The Vikings didn’t look back from there, adding another two touchdowns to round out their victory.

“We have a lot of weapons, and when we hit the weight room we know we have to hit it harder than our opponents,” Wilson said. “We did that for this game, and our second stringers on defense really stepped up. At this point we just need to play responsible.”

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