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Prep football: Down the middle

Valencia yields mixed results at elite passing camp

Posted: June 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia wide receiver Nick Jones, left, makes a catch as Oaks Chrisian defender Carson Cook gives chase on Wednesday at Valencia High.

 

In a passing league tournament featuring some of the elite high school football programs in Southern California, the Valencia Vikings started sluggish but finished the day 1-1-1 on Wednesday at Valencia High.

The Vikings faced Alemany in their first matchup and were unable to stop Warriors’ passing attack, which posted five touchdowns to Valencia’s two.

“We can not disrespect the game,” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir. “We need to play hard from the very start and can’t give anything less than our best effort.”

From there, the Vikings and their returning starting quarterback Sean Murphy turned it around in the second game against Oaks Christian.

After throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions in the opening game, Murphy stepped up by tossing nine touchdown passes with zero interceptions against the Lions.

Murphy distributed the ball to all of his weapons as wide receivers Tedrick Thompson, Nick Jones and Jay Jay Wilson each caught two touchdown passes while Malik Townsend caught three.

With Thompson being the exception, the Vikings will rely on young talents at the wide receiver positions in 2012.
Townsend and Jones will both be juniors in the fall, while Wilson is entering his sophomore season.

“I love all of my wide receivers because they all have the ability to make big plays,” Murphy said.

In the third game against Notre Dame, the duo of Murphy and Jones continued to be lethal as they connected for two more scores in a 3-3 tie against the Knights.

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