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Underdog Lancers stun Vikings

Thousand Oaks capitalizes on Valencia mistakes to gain huge road win

Posted: September 13, 2008 12:14 a.m.
Updated: November 15, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Lancers running back John Lister jumps over Valencia players in the third quarter to set up a Lancers touchdown.


Thousand Oaks stunned Valencia 23-14 in its home opener at Paul Priesz Stadium.

The Lancers capitalized on three interceptions to stifle the Vikings offense.

Valencia quarterback Dominick Solley went down early in the first quarter and was replaced by junior Nick Moss. Moss lead the Vikings on a second-quarter scoring drive. Running back Jordan Thompson scored on a 3-yard run and the Vikings took a 7-0 lead.

Moss threw his first interception on the next drive. He telegraphed a pass to Lancer linebacker Tyler Rauch, who returned the errant pass 10 yards for a touchdown.

Moss finished the game 14-of-30 with 150 yards.

The Lancers and the Vikings exchanged punts and possessions for the rest of the first half.

Valencia returned to the field in the third quarter minus wide receiver Zack Tartabull who was sidelined with a concussion. Tartabull finished the first half with two catches 63 yards.

Lancers opened the third quarter with the ball and a plan. After scouting the Vikings, Lancer head coach Mike Leibin said his offense could take advantage of a favorable matchup on the outside.

"We were waiting for the matchup." Leibin said. Lancer quarterback Ian Shultis saw the Vikings corners creeping up. "Ian came to the sideline screaming, ‘Coach, we got the matchup.' and we went for it."

The Lancers struck on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Shultis to Robert Mullaney for a 13-7 lead.

Thousand Oaks would score once more after a precise 38-yard pass from Shultis to John Lister who circled out of the backfield and ran free through the secondary. The Vikings fell behind 20-7.

Lister finished the game with 19 carries on 161 yards, while Shultis went 12-of-18 with no interceptions on 196 yards.
But the Vikings wouldn't go out quietly.

With nine minutes and 33 seconds left in the third, Vikings would score on a quarterback sneak bringing them to within six.

That would be the last time the Vikings would put points on the board.

With less than two minutes left in the game, the Lancers put up a field goal ending the game on top.

An emotional Moss, who said he didn't even expect to play, admitted he made too many mistakes.

But Moss said the team will have to make a lot of adjustments in the coming games.

"Next time we have to make better decisions." he said.



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