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Valencia offense and defense too strong for visitors on Homecoming

Posted: October 10, 2008 10:52 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Valencia's Jordan Thompson is brought down by Westchester defender Antonnio Williams in the first quarter. The Vikings won, 35-0.

 

Valencia High's homecoming game consisted of country line dancing, a Paris Hilton look-a-like and an homage to Vanilla Ice.

But the real star was Dominick Solley.

The 5-foot-10 quarterback made his return in the Vikings line-up leading the team to a 35-0 victory over Westchester High of Los Angeles.

After a three game absence from an ankle injury he suffered in the team's season opener against Thousand Oaks, Solley was anxious to get back in action.

"I was pumped up," Solley said. "After missing all of these games I wanted to prove something."

Solley said after some rest and pain medication, he was ready to get back into the mix. The senior signal caller finished the contest with 23 completions for 148 yards.

The Vikings got off to a bit of a shaky start.

It took Solley a few plays to find his rhythm and connect with his offense.

Penalties and miscues, at times, stifled the Vikings. The team accumulated 75 yards in penalties but with Westchester's offensive lapses, Valencia maintained the edge.

After running back Jordan Thompson scored Valencia's first touchdown on third and inches in the final minutes of the first quarter, it was an all Vikings party after that.

Ten seconds later, Valencia recovered a fumble on the kickoff return and Solley found Michael Hernandez in the end zone on an 18-yard pass. Thompson completed the two-point conversion and the Vikes led 15-0.

Thompson carried the majority of the offensive load scoring two more times.

With 40 seconds left in the second quarter, Solley passed to Thompson who juked past the Comets secondary breaking five total tackles and scoring on a 46-yard run. The Vikings ended the half leading 22-0.

Wide receiver Richard Nyberg got into scoring action after Solley connected with him on a three-yard pass with 7:31 left to go in the third quarter. After missing the extra point Valencia pulled ahead 28-0.

The Vikings final touchdown came via a one-yard carry by Thompson who sealed Valencia's win with 2:19 left to go in the game.

"We started out kind of slow and I needed to step up," Thompson said. "We were going to come out and start running the ball hard and it didn't work for us so I needed to step up and get us a good play."

Thompson finished the contest with 25 carries for 153 yards.

The 5-foot-9 inch senior attributes the team's defense for its success.

The Vikings complete their non-league schedule going 4-1 with three of those contests being shut-outs.

However, with the start of Foothill League action just a week away, the focus shifts to making the necessary adjustments in order to contend in what will be a very competitive line-up.

"We need to execute more," Thompson said. "Offense needs to step up and we need to get Solley back in the rhythm of things."

The Vikings are favored to finish atop the Foothill League. Recent CIF polls have the squad ranked No. 5 in the northern division.

But it will be a continuous effort of improvement to maintain their streak.

"It's going to be tough," Solley said. "But we're going to be good."

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