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Valencia sinks Canyon in first big Foothill League battle of 2008

Posted: October 17, 2008 10:41 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Viking quarterback Dominick Solley, above, is brought down in the second. Valencia won, 49-29.

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While it was only the season opener for Canyon and Valencia, it seemed more like a game to determine the Foothill League championship.

The Vikings came out on top in this contest defeating the Cowboys 49-29 at Harry Welch Stadium on Friday.

It was a bittersweet win for the Vikings who were without wide receiver Michael Hernandez. The 6-foot senior underwent surgery last week for a ruptured spleen he suffered in the matchup against Westchester last Friday.

Hernandez was seen supporting his squad from the sidelines.

"We just played for him," Valencia senior quarterback Dominick Solley said of Hernandez. "He motivated us."

Solley finished 13-of-21 for 150 yards and rushed for 87 yards on 12 carries.

With both teams having multiple offensive weapons, this matchup was sure to be a scorefest, and fittingly enough it was.

Valencia running back Jordan Thompson provided the majority of the fireworks silencing the Canyon crowd as he ran 23 times for 304 yards scoring four touchdowns.

The 5-foot-9 tailback proved unstoppable for the Cowboys' defense that watched his No. 33 jersey fly through its secondary.

"Our kids really stepped up and did a great job," said Valencia head coach Larry Muir. "This is a tough place to play and Canyon is a good football team. It's a good win for us."

The Cowboys had their share of opportunities to put the game in their hands. Once the team got on the board with a 37-yard field goal by Tyger Rodriguez, the momentum shifted in their direction.

Trailing 14-3 in the second quarter, junior Shane Habberstad ran for an 80-yard touchdown with 10:51 left in the first half.

But the Vikings decided to take matters into their own hands scoring three more times leading 35-10 in the opening minutes of the second half.

Despite not getting much action from receiver Chris Rivas, Canyon's offense kept moving.

Cowboys rallied back in the fourth quarter as receiver Charlie Cusumano recovered an on-side kick at the 19-yard line that eventually led quarterback Jordan Adamczyk to complete a 7-yard pass to Cusumano.

Adamczyk finished the contest completing 27-of-45 for 325 yards and three touchdown passes.

However, two failed two-point conversions, penalties and miscues kept the Cowboys out of Valencia's reach.

"We just have to focus on the things we did well and try to change the things we didn't do well." said Canyon head coach Chris Varner.

All phases of the Vikings game proved too strong for the Cowboys, however Varner said the team will not dwell on the loss. The important thing is to continue to make progress.

""We just have to bounce back," Varner said. "It's just one game. We have to get past it."

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