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Foothill football: The Vikings open up

Valencia has its best offensive game of the season and extends Foothill winning streak to 12 games

Posted: October 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Valencia High has grabbed headlines with defense all season long.

In its Foothill League opener, the unit took a backseat as the Vikings got just what the doctor ordered — a breakout offensive performance.

With a 31-14 victory over West Ranch on Friday night at Valencia High School, the Vikings shattered their previous high of 17 point scored this season.

Quarterback Sean Murphy offered his explanation.

“Our O-line did phenomenal in pass protection,” Murphy said. “Our running backs did great. Our wide receivers did great. It was just an all-around performance for us.”

The junior signal caller completed 10-of-20 passes for 169 yards and had both a passing and rushing touchdown.

Valencia (3-3, 1-0) also ran the ball effectively, racking up 159 yards and scoring three times on the ground.

West Ranch head coach Sean O’Brien had his own explanation, citing Valencia’s difficult preleague schedule.

“So (Valencia) didn’t score a lot of points against three state-ranked teams?” O’Brien said. “They have a good offense.”

It turned out the Vikings needed the offense this time around, as West Ranch (4-2, 0-1) was moving the ball with ease in the first half.

After Murphy’s first passing attempt of the game was picked off by Jake Stone, the Wildcats struck first on the very next play when wide receiver Matt Christensen beat coverage for a 63-yard touchdown catch from Gerrit Mouw.

West Ranch led 7-0 midway through the first quarter.

Murphy responded immediately on the next drive by connecting with Ryan Gorman on a 61-yard pass to set up his own 1-yard score on a keeper play.

That tied it at 7-7 late in the first.

“(Murphy) made some passes that were terrific for a quarterback,” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir. “I’m extremely proud of him.”

In the second quarter, both teams went to the ground game.

Most of the Vikings’ rushing yards were racked up by the two-headed attack of Jake Solley and Cody Anciano, with Solley’s 101 yards on 16 carried leading the way.

West Ranch’s Jeff Coprich rushed it 14 times for 116 yards, 90 of which came in the first half.

The Wildcats didn’t score after halftime.

Solley scored a game-sealing 7-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 31-14 Vikings.

The only other score in the second half was Murphy’s 10-yard strike to Tedric Thompson late in the third quarter to make it 24-14.

The Vikings scored on an 8-yard run by Solley and the Wildcats answered with a 1-yard punch-in by fullback Jake Miura to tie it at 14-14.

A Brett Schreiber 35-yard field goal gave Valencia a 17-14 lead at halftime.


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