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Valencia's late surge key in playoff win

Vikings top Redondo Union 38-17 in first round

Posted: November 15, 2013 11:14 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2013 11:14 p.m.

Valencia receiver Jay Jay Wilson reaches for a touchdown in the second quarter against Redondo Union at Valencia High School.

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It’s the old “the game was a lot closer than what the score indicated.”

The Valencia Vikings defeated the Redondo Union Sea Hawks 38-17 on Friday at Valencia High in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division football playoffs.

But the Vikings (9-2) weren’t sharp in the first half. However, a flubbed punt by Redondo late in the second quarter keyed the Vikings’ awakening.

“Not our best game, but we’ll be a hell of a lot better next week,” said Vikings wide receiver Nick Jones.

The Foothill League champions will travel to play Pac-7 League third-place Arroyo Grande next Friday.

Arroyo Grande crushed Quartz Hill 40-0 on Friday.

Valencia didn’t have it so easy.

Vikings quarterback Jake Wallace put Valencia up 7-0 on its first drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.

But he was sacked four times in the first half and the Vikings offense had trouble finding a rhythm.

The Vikings also had their share of mental mistakes, the biggest being a personal foul by safety Jay Jay Wilson after a third down stop on the Sea Hawks (6-5).

On the ensuing play, quarterback Harrison Feacher threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 7-7 with 6:21 to play in the second quarter.

“I think we were up. We were focused. We just had a rough going (early),” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir.

But Redondo’s biggest error of the game happened when it fumbled a punt that was recovered by Valencia’s Matt Gray on the Sea Hawks’ 4-yard line.

Wilson then plowed ahead for a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Vikings up 14-7.

He would also open up the second half with a 6-yard touchdown run.

“We were in this game at halftime,” said Redondo head coach Matt Ballard. “That botched punt. ... But I give (Valencia) credit. A couple of different bounces and this game could be different.”

The closest Redondo would get was when Feacher connected with Colin Hindle for a 16-yard touchdown on a fake field goal.

Valencia’s lead was 21-14 with 4:33 to play in the third quarter.

But the Vikings outscored the Sea Hawks 17-3 after that.

Jones was a major key in that.

Wallace connected with him on a 39-yard score and an 85-yard score — the last coming with one minute to play and Jones sidestepping two defenders after the catch to turn a big gain into Redondo’s end.

He caught six passes for 154 yards.

Wallace was 18-of-30 for 348 yards, two touchdown passes and the touchdown run.

Redondo had little in the way of offense.

Feacher was 14-of-36 for 216 yards and the Sea Hawks ran the ball 33 times for 125 yards.


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