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Prep football: Cubs have number

Loyola beats Valencia for the third straight year after Vikings lose late lead

Posted: September 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Valencia defensive back Tedric Thompson walks away from the field during on Friday night's at Valencia High. Valencia defensive back Tedric Thompson walks away from the field during on Friday night's at Valencia High.
<p>Valencia defensive back Tedric Thompson walks away from the field during on Friday night's at Valencia High.</p>
Valencia defensive back Aaren Dominguez (3) tries to take down Loyola wide receiver Mekai Sheffie on Friday night at Valencia. Valencia defensive back Aaren Dominguez (3) tries to take down Loyola wide receiver Mekai Sheffie on Friday night at Valencia.

Valencia defensive back Aaren Dominguez (3) tries to take down Loyola wide receiver Mekai Sheffie on Friday night at Valencia.

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Valencia football was unable to outgrind a determined Loyola team, surrendering 14 unanswered fourth-quarter points in a 24-14 home loss on Friday night.

While Valencia did surrender its late lead, the fact that the Vikings were in a position to win the game at any point was a contradiction to the game’s stat line.

The Vikings ran just 35 plays on Friday night, compared to Loyola’s 65. Loyola also dominated time of possession 37:59 to 10:01.

What kept Valencia in the game was its ability to generate momentum changing plays.

Following a red zone turnover by Loyola, Valencia senior quarterback Sean Murphy found teammate Malik Townsend for a 45 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7 on the last play of the first quarter.

Late in the second quarter, the Vikings blocked a 30 yard field goal to keep the score knotted at 7 heading into the second half,

From there, Valencia defensive back Michael Carter gave his team a 14-7 lead when he took the second-half kickoff 99 yards for a touchhdown.

Unfortunately for Valencia, that play would prove to be the last bright spot for the Vikings.

The Vikings offense failed to convert a 4th and goal in the third quarter, and struggled to come up with clutch plays once the team fell behind.

“It’s definitely hard to get a feel for the game when they have the ball for six or seven minutes at a time,” said Murphy, who finished with 200 yards passing, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. “Our defense did a good job hanging in there, but this team had a different playing style than anything else we’d faced this year.”

After being on the wrong end of the momentum shifting plays in the opening half, the Cubs transformed their 4-point defecit into a comfortable 10-point lead in all but four plays late in the fourth quarter.

The first play was Cubs junior running back Nico Evans’ 10 yard touchdown run, which capped a 16 play, 96 yard drive and gave Loyola a 17-14 lead with 2:43 left to play.

Seven seconds later, Loyola intercepted a Murphy pass.

On the ensuing second down, Loyola backup quarterback Brendand Doney found teammate Mekai Sheffie for a 30-yard touchdown pass to seal the game.

Loyola will attempt to remain undefeated against a formiddable Crespi team next week.

After pushing through a grueling preseason schedule, Valencia (2-3) opens up the Foothill League season at Saugus next Friday.

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