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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. Valencia receiver Jay Jay Wilson reaches for a touchdown in the second quarter against Redondo Union at Valencia High School.
Valencia receiver Jay Jay Wilson reaches for a touchdown in the second quarter against Redondo Union at Valencia High School.
Redondo Union defender Colin Castillo (45) tries to wrestle the ball away from Valencia's Matt Gray (62). Redondo Union defender Colin Castillo (45) tries to wrestle the ball away from Valencia's Matt Gray (62).
Redondo Union defender Colin Castillo (45) tries to wrestle the ball away from Valencia's Matt Gray (62).
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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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