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Prep football: Valencia finds its old form

After starting 0-2, Vikes take frustrations out on Righetti

Posted: September 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia's Sean Murphy (12) breaks away from Righetti's Jacob Hummel (30) for a first down on Friday at Valencia High School. Murphy threw five touchdown passes in the victory.

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The offense looked like the 2010 season. The defense looked like last season.

With one dominant performance, Valencia may have saved this one.

The Vikings scored seven touchdowns of 19 yards or more and the defense locked up Righetti in a 48-9 victory on Friday at Valencia High School.

The win helps the Vikings (1-2) avoid an 0-3 hole, and should help them stay in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division rankings after coming in at No. 9.

Sean Murphy threw five touchdowns and totaled 229 yards through the air, but the running game amassed 194 yards after managing just seven total through the first two games.

“The best part tonight was that we had a good running game,” Murphy said. “It was great to have that to open things up.”

Murphy eclipsed the team’s season rushing total on the first play from scrimmage with a 12-yard gain, but his first two passes were intercepted by talented Warriors safety Luke Wilson.

Righetti (1-3), which came in ranked 10th in the Northern Division, led 3-0 after the first quarter. Then, Valencia exploded.

On a fourth-and-17 from the Righetti 36-yard line, Murphy lofted a ball over the defense and into the open arms of Nick Jones, who scored to give the Vikings a 7-3 lead.

Valencia running back Stone Jackson scored on a 25-yard run three minutes later, and Murphy found Jones again with 5:59 remaining in the first half, this time from 40 yards out.

Murphy added three more touchdown passes in the second half, including two to Malik Townsend and one on a screen pass that Jackson took 61 yards to paydirt.

James Berkley capped the 48 unanswered points with a 75-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

All the while, Righetti couldn’t get anything going on offense. The Warriors gained just 146 total yards, with 61 coming on a scoring drive in the fourth quarter after Valencia’s defense had put in its backups.

The Vikings bottled up Warriors tailback Collin Cooper, who gained just 24 yards on 18 carries.

Berkley led Valencia with 129 yards rushing on six carries, while Jones caught five balls for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Valencia committed 16 penalties for 135 yards, but Righetti lessened the impact by racking up nine penalties for 90 yards on its own.

The Vikings now head to Santa Monica on Friday looking to climb back to .500, having already climbed out of what could have been a deep hole to start the season.

“It’s definitely going to lift our spirits,” Murphy said. “I’m so happy we won.”

Thanks in part to Berkley’s ground game and Murphy’s passing attack, Valencia racked up 423 total yards.

Wilson had a solid day receiving, catching six passes for 69 yards, 57 of which came after halftime.

 

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