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CIF football playoffs: A close call

Valencia survives a battle with Paso Robles

Posted: November 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia's Jay Jay Wilson (6) leaps over the goal line to score in the fourth quarter on Friday at Valencia High. The Vikings beat Paso Robles 43-36 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.

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Although at times it didn’t look pretty, Valencia came back from a nine-point deficit to beat Paso Robles 43-36 Friday at Valencia High in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.

The Vikings (8-3) snagged an early 7-0 lead as quarterback Sean Murphy completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Stone Jackson with 10:12 to play in the first quarter.

The score was set up by a 35-yard reception by Nick Jones and a 37-yard run by James Berkley.

However, Paso Robles (6-5) rallied off 16 unanswered points to take a 16-7 lead with 4:25 left in the second quarter.
“We didn’t come out with that competitive attitude,” said Valencia head coach Larry Muir.

Valencia cut the deficit to 16-14 with 3:34 to play in the first by way of a 1-yard run by Jackson.

The 70-yard scoring drive lasted 49 seconds and five plays.

As time expired in the first half, Paso Robles added a 47-yard field by Bryce Pasky to take a 19-14 lead into the break.
But Valencia turned up the intensity in the second half.

Jay Jay Wilson put the Vikings back in front as he punched in a 1-yard rushing touchdown with 4:53 to play in third.

Following the touchdown, Murphy connected with Malik Townsend for a two-point conversion to make the score 22-19.
Just 1:04 after the score, the Vikings got the ball back thanks to a three-and-out by the defense.

Two plays later, Berkley cut through the heart of the Paso Robles’ defense for a 37-yard rushing touchdown to give Valencia a 29-19 lead.

“We had some guys step up and make key plays in crucial points of the game,” Muir said.

Paso Robles continued to fight.

With 10:21 to play in the fourth quarter, quarterback Garrett Nelson completed a screen pass to running back Colton Madrigal for a 69-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 29-26.

Madrigal finished the game with 26 rushes for 130 yards, along with three receptions for 138 yards and two total touchdowns.

Valencia answered on its next possession.

Wilson’s second 1-yard touchdown run of the night capped off a 14-play, 80-yard scoring drive to increase the lead to 36-26.

After a successful 22-yard field goal by Pasky, Berkley answered with a 70-yard touchdown run with 3:46 remaining to put the game out of reach.

Berkley finished with 180 yards rushing on 10 carries and two scores.

With the victory, Valencia will play at Quartz Hill in the quarterfinals Friday.

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