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Vikings skin helpless Grizzlies

Valencia stays undefeated in Foothill League play

Posted: October 24, 2008 11:05 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Valencia High running back Jordan Thompson dodges the Golden Valley defense Friday.

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It took four game minutes for Valencia High to get on the board. It wasn't much longer until the game got out of control.

The Vikings scored on their first six possessions and by the end of the first half led by 42 points.

Valencia (6-1, 2-0) went on to rout Golden Valley (3-4, 0-2) 48-6 at Harry Welch Stadium on Friday night.
Grant it this is not the type of competition Valencia would likely face in the CIF playoffs, but it is the type of football the Vikings have become accustomed to playing.

"Every week gets more and more important," said Valencia head coach Larry Muir. "Execution and all those things have to peak on all sides. Everybody has to play as efficient as they can."

It's difficult to say whether it was the Vikings offense or defense that was more dominant.

Valencia running back Jordan Thompson scored five of Valencia's touchdowns, all in the first half, finishing the contest with 12 carries for 141 yards. The 5-foot-9 senior was all over the place scoring on runs of 4, 10, 33, 1 and 15 yards.

Thompson even found himself playing in the receiver's role catching for 47 yards.

Wide receiver Zack Tartabull got in on the offensive action with three receptions for 56 yards.

Quarterback Dominick Solley did not show any signs of the injury he received in the early part of the season. The 5-foot-10 signal caller looked solid throwing 10-of-15 for 171 yards.

By the start of the second half, Muir looked to his second team to close the game out.

Junior Alex Guerra stepped into the quarterback position and Brandon Johnson and Nick Muilli saw time at the tailback spot.

Muir said the decision to bring in Guerra in the second half was not a calculated one. He said it was simply to get him some repetitions.

"He's worked hard and he deserves to get his reps," he said.

Wide out Derek Luh scored the Vikings final touchdown with less than a minute left to play in the game.
Golden Valley could not manage to get past the Vikings smothering defensive effort.

"Valencia's an outstanding team," said Grizzlies head coach Steve Pinkston. "They are very, very good. They're starters are better than our starters. We challenged them to come out and play in the second half and I felt like we played well and we're pleased with that."

The Grizzlies all-purpose player Jon Schlegel played multiple roles as wide receiver, running back and stepped in to replace James Hughes as quarterback in the second half.

The 5-foot-10 senior had runs of 17 and 24 yards to setup two Grizzlies first downs. Schlegel spoiled Valencia's chances of a shut-out scoring on a 24-yard keeper with 1:53 left in the third quarter.

"He's all over the place and has been for three years," Pinkston joked. "He's the wherever-we -need- him kind of guy. We're going to try to use him wherever we can whenever we can."

However, Schlegel's and the Grizzlies' effort came up short as they scrambled to hold off the Vikings formidable offense.

Golden Valley continues its tough trek through the Foothill League facing a robust Saugus team next week.

"It's going to be really tough," Pinkston said. "Zirbel and Rodriguez are outstanding and they are going to be really tough to contain so we have our work cut out for us."

 

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