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Vikings secure victory bell

Posted: November 8, 2013 11:51 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2013 11:51 p.m.

The Valencia High football team celebrates with the Signal Victory Bell after its win against Golden Valley.

 

Go crazy Viking nation. You deserve it.

Before the season, the Valencia Vikings found themselves in a peculiar spot as they were overlooked as one of the contenders in the Foothill League.

But it usually does, Valencia silenced all the critics and still reigns supreme in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Following its upset victory over the Hart Indians last week, Valencia (8-2 overall, 5-0 in Foothill League) capped off its memorable season by dismantling the Golden Valley Grizzlies 56-0 Friday at Valencia High to secure its fifth straight Foothill League title.

“Our kids have done a great job all year of focusing on themselves, getting better, and trying to play that level of Viking football that the alumni before them set a standard of,” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir.

Valencia dominated the Grizzlies (2-8, 0-5) from the start, possessing a 42-0 lead after the first quarter.

Jake Wallace threw two touchdown passes, Stone Jackson ran for two more, and junior Jay Jay Wilson had one on each side of the ball — a 30-yard interception return and 16-yard reception.

“I was telling myself this game isn’t about me, it’s for my seniors,” Wilson said. “It’s their senior night, and I had to go score my touchdowns for them.”

Valencia now waits for the postseason brackets to be released.

“We’ll see where we’re at next week as far as who we got, and who we’re playing. But it’s going to be the same thing as what we did in the Foothill. That week we have to go 1-0, and everything else will take care of itself,” Muir said.

In its dominating five-year run atop the Foothill League, Muir and his squad have posted a combined record of 46-14, including a 24-1 mark against league opponents.

However, with all the regular season success, the Vikings have struggled in the postseason.

Valencia has been eliminated in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division semifinals in four of the past five seasons, while its last CIF-Finals appearance came in 2004 — a 49-21 loss to Mission Viejo.

But maybe this is the year for the boys in purple and gold to get over the hump.

“We’ve been changing some stuff and are trying to be the best we can,” said Valencia senior wide receiver Malik Townsend, who caught three passes for 92 yards on Friday. “But I feel like this is the year that we can get it (CIF title).”

Using Friday night’s performance as a measuring stick, the Vikings have to like their chances.

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