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Valencia falls to 0-2, despite solid game from Murphy

Posted: September 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

WEST HILLS — For nearly three quarters, Valencia responded to every bit of adversity thrown its way by host Chaminade High of West Hills on Friday night.

But trailing entering the fourth quarter, Valencia could not stop the two-headed rushing attack of Terrell Newby and Donovan Lee, as Chaminade, ranked third in latest CIF-Southern Section Western Division poll, reeled off 21 consecutive points to win 41-27 after a garbage-time score by Valencia.

Newby tore apart the Valencia defense, rushing 29 times for 130 yards and four touchdowns.

Washington had a touchdown and 39 yards on six carries.

The Valencia offense continued to struggle on the ground as it did in its Week 1 loss to Palmdale High.

On Friday, the Vikings managed just 15 yards rushing in the game.

The passing attack, though, kept the Vikings in it, as senior quarterback Sean Murphy threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-38 pass attempts.

On the receiving end of the majority of those passes was Vikings’ leading receiver Nick Jones, who caught seven passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

Valencia (0-2) made few mistakes on the night, however, after Chaminade (3-0) took a 27-20 lead entering the fourth quarter, Valencia proceeded to go three-and-out and fumble on its first two possessions, both of which led to Chaminade scores to essentially seal the game.

The Vikings evened the game at 20 points apiece midway through the third quarter when Murphy hit Jones with a 45-yard pass and put momentum right back in the Vikings corner after the Eagles had taken a 20-13 lead.

But Chaminade countered, scoring the first of 21 straight points with two seconds remaining in the third quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Washington.

Valencia got on the board early in the contest, forcing a Chaminade fumble on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage and completing a 57-yard drive with 8:01 to play in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.

The touchdown came on a 10-yard pass from Murphy to Jake Solley.
Backup quarterback Jake Wallace gave the Vikings a 13-7 lead with 7:26 to play in the second quarter on a 6-yard run.

Jones caught his second touchdown of the game with under a minute remaining in the contest when he hauled in a 13-yard touchdown reception to set the final score.

Chaminade quarterback Reggie Reed threw for 124 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-21 pass attempts.

Isaiah Bernard led the Eagles with four catches for 61 yards and a touchdown.


The Vikings will look to pick up their first win of the season on Friday when they host Righetti.

 

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