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Rout of Hart almost assures Valencia of league crown

Posted: October 31, 2008 11:13 p.m.
Updated: January 2, 2009 5:00 a.m.

Valencia's Jordan Thompson goes in shortly after the fumble recovery.

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As the clocked ticked down and the horn sounded, Valencia fans rushed onto the field in celebration, shouting expletives at the Hart crowd.

In what has become a heated rivalry between the two teams, this contest silenced the Indians - for now at least.

The Vikings pulled out a stellar performance against Hart in a blowout contest, coming out on top 38-7 at Paul Priesz Stadium on Friday night.

Valencia breathed a sigh of relief as the team earned its second win against Hart in 15 meetings.

In rivalry games, one should always expect the unexpected.

After a standout performance against Canyon High last Friday, Hart looked to be back on track in its run to the Foothill League title. However, the team's performance against the Vikings certainly did not meet any expectations the fans and spectators may have had.

The Indians struggled to hold off Valencia's three-headed offensive monster of quarterback Dominick
Solley, running back Jordan Thompson and wide receiver Zack Tartabull.

In a collaborative effort, Thompson, Solley and Tartabull, along with the rest of the Vikings formidable defense proved too strong for the Indians.

"We definitely smashed on them," Tartabull said. "We definitely prepared very well. We had a good week of practice. We were ready for this. We really wanted it bad."

Tartabull finished the contest with three receptions for 59 yards.

It took awhile for both teams to find their rhythm. Hart's receivers struggled to hold on to the ball as its run and shoot offense failed in the first half.

In the final minutes of the first quarter, Valencia took control on an 18-yard run by Thompson with 3:57 left to go.

The touchdown was his first of four. One of those included a 72-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Thompson finished with 20 carries for 189 yards while Solley finished 7-of-9 for 121 yards and an interception, rushing for 86 yards.

In the opening minutes of the second quarter, after recovering a fumble by Hart quarterback Spenser Souza, the Vikings took possession on the 38-yard line.

Five plays later, including an 18-yard pass from Tartabull to Solley, Thompson scored again on a 2-yard run and Valencia led 14-0.

However, Hart had an answer.

With 21 seconds left in the first half, Souza lined up out of the shotgun and connected with Nate Allmond on a 20-yard touchdown strike.

At the start of the second half, the Vikings came out on fire.

It took all of two minutes, five plays and 73 yards for Thompson to score again on a 5-yard run set up by a 37-yard return from Brock Vereen and Solley who ran 15 yards on a keeper to set up a first and goal.

Hart was able to hold the Vikings and get field position, shifting the momentum when Souza ran for 75-yards on the keeper to the Vikings 5-yard line.

But the Vikings defense held steady. A blitz forced Souza to throw an interception by Tartabull. The game and the ball were back in Valencia's hands.

"We thought we made big strides in the Canyon game," said Hart head coach Mike Herrington. "We did OK in the first half and the rest fell off in the second half."

At the other end of the field, the Vikings swiftly moved the ball down field but would be called back for penalties. However, that didn't stop them.

Vereen scored on a 47-yard pass from Solley with 5:43 left in the third quarter and the Vikings extended their lead to 28-7.

In the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, more Valencia penalties prevented a touchdown. However, Greg Drake's 30-yard field goal gave the Vikings a 31-7 advantage.

Vereen ended Hart's final possession after intercepting a Souza pass. Valencia would then run out the final seconds of the clock.


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