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Frosh offense gets rare treat

Strong quarterback play could key freshman team’s balanced attack

Posted: August 29, 2009 10:45 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.

True quarterbacks are hard to come by at the freshman level.

The signal-callers are often players converted from other positions, or players who are more talented at other spots.

This year, however, Valencia has a true quarterback on its freshman team, and it plans to take full advantage.

Sean Murphy will start under center for the Vikings, which allows them to emulate the varsity offense.

“We’re doing the spread offense like the varsity,” said Valencia freshman head coach Kevin Kornegay. “I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to throw the ball a lot this year. We want to be as balanced as possible.”

Valencia should also have a pair of lightning bolts out of the backfield. Running backs Krishan Pierce and Xavier Menifield give the
Vikings a formidable punch on the ground.

Christian Berney has good size and will be the top receiving threat, and the skill players got their fair share of experience over the summer.

“We played 24 teams in passing leagues this summer,” Kornegay said. “The team has a lot of potential at the skill positions.”

Valencia’s freshman squad won a passing tournament at Claremont late in the summer, and the linebacking corps will be a strength as well.

Grayson Largman, Branden Roelofson and Tedrick Thompson are the favorites to start, while the versatile Murphy might end up starting on defense, too.

Other standouts on defense include defensive linemen Jake Solley, Anthony Costleigh and Jacob Ruprecht.

“The theme on defense is, ‘break their will,’” Kornegay said. “We get that from varsity. It’s going to be our battle cry.”

Valencia has 61 players listed on its roster, and Kornegay noted that the overall size will be an advantage.

“For the first time for me, we have a lot of big kids, good-sized kids,” he said. “The potential is there to be a physical team down the road.”

Valencia went 8-0-2 last season and 3-0-2 in league. Canyon went 4-1 but lost to the Vikings head-to-head. Because Valencia went undefeated in league but the Cowboys had the most wins, Valencia athletic director Brian Stiman and then-Canyon athletic director Marlene Holomon considered the two schools co-champions.



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