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Complete performance for Valencia

Vikings beat West Ranch 42-6

Posted: October 18, 2013 11:27 p.m.
Updated: October 18, 2013 11:27 p.m.

Valencia quarterback Jake Wallace (15) evades a West Ranch defender at Valencia High on Friday.

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It was starting to become a theme for Valencia Vikings football — a sluggish first-half offense gains steam before falling into a rhythm in the second half.

On Friday night at Valencia High School, the Vikings put an abrupt end to that pattern.

Wide receiver Ethan Yoo took an end-around from quarterback Jake Wallace and threw 32 yards to Jay Jay Wilson on the Vikings’ first offensive play of the night to boost the Vikings to a 42-6 victory over the West Ranch Wildcats.

“The whole season we’ve started really slowly,” Yoo said. “We knew we needed to pick it up this game. That play sparked our offense and we kept it going from there.”

And boy did the Vikings capitalize on that spark.

Wallace led Valencia to scoring drives on its first three possessions, tossing touchdowns of 22 yards, 55 yards and 67 yards to give Valencia a 21-0 lead late in the first quarter.

He went on to throw for 383 yards on 23-of-32 attempts with four touchdowns.

First was Malik Townsend breaking a tackle and rumbling into the end zone. Then, Nick Jones blew by the West Ranch defense for an easy touchdown to make it 14-0.

Not to be outdone, Townsend caught his second touchdown of the night on almost the same type of play, sprinting down the sideline for a one-play, 55-yard touchdown drive.

Townsend would add another touchdown on a 15-yard grab in the third to make it 42-0. He finished with 170 yards on 10 receptions.
“I thought we had the right game plan coming in,” said West Ranch head coach Jan Miller. “And it wasn’t. Their receivers were faster than our DBs. At the end of the day, their receivers were just faster.”

West Ranch star running back Christian Parrish tallied just 27 yards on 12 carries in the game and continually ran into a stout Valencia front seven. Quarterback Chase Killingsworth threw for 137 yards on 15-of-25 passing.

The Valencia defense matched its offensive counterparts play-for-play on the night, holding the Wildcats scoreless for nearly four quarters — or depending on who you ask, four complete quarters.

With time running down, West Ranch had the ball on the Valencia 15-yard line with a running clock.

The clock appeared to erroneously stop twice in the final 15 seconds, and West Ranch snapped the ball with just over 2 seconds remaining before running back Jonathon Castillo rumbled 15 yards to set the final score as time expired.

“Our defense came out and held them to zero until that last play,” Wilson said. “It’s disappointing, but at the end of the day, we came out with a ‘W’.”

But does he consider it a shutout?

“No — if they scored, it’s not a shut out,” he said.

Either way, Valencia may have found its spark.

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