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FULLERTON ♦ Young Troy fans flooded Fullerton High’s football field following their school’s “Romecoming” game, and began mimicking senior Zach Johnson.

Johnson isn’t Troy’s quarterback. He isn’t a receiver, running back or linebacker, either.He is Troy’s kicker, and thanks in part to his right leg, the Warriors escaped Friday with a 31-28 nonleague victory over Valencia.

A 23-yard field goal off Johnson’s foot capped Troy’s winning drive, and Johnson said afterward that he’s spent hours practicing that same routine in front of his bedroom mirror.“For most kickers, a field goal like that should be a chip shot,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that happened. It was a great moment. I’ve been kicking since my freshman year, and have taken some flak for some missed kicks, but this is the ultimate high.”

Troy running back Nick Magee carried the ball 21 times for 68 yards, and quarterback Thomas Becerra scored two touchdowns as Troy (4-1) compensated for the early loss of star running back Dray Shaw.“Nick Magee played out of his head tonight,” Warriors coach Kevin Hastin said. “ ... It feels good to beat a good football team that’s well coached. I have all the respect in the world for Coach (Mike) Marrujo.” Troy receiver Dominic Vaccher finished with 137 receiving yards, and when Valencia began doublecovering him in the second half, his teammates made plays.

Receiver Spencer Hayes, in particular, had a crucial 12-yard reception on Troy’s winning drive. “I’ve learned a lot about our character this week,” Hastin said.

Four plays after extending Troy’s second possession of the game with a fake punt near midfield, Vaccher scored on a 20-yard reception. Early in the second quarter, Magee capped Troy’s third drive with a short TD run. Valencia (3-1) momentarily pulled within a touchdown on Jake Watkins’ 43-yard TD catch, but Magee returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for six points.

Valencia running back Will Van Dam and Becerra exchanged touchdown runs late in the quarter, and Troy led, 28-14, at halftime. Valencia, the Southwest Division’s third-ranked team, played without QB Tyler Switzer (leg).

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PLACENTIA ♦ Now a lot more people know Valencia reacts well when situations get zany.

The overflow crowd was loud at the Tigers' home stadium for Friday night's inner-city faceoff against El Dorado and halfway through they lost starting quarterback Tyler Switzer. Never, though, did Valencia look nervous.

The 44th annual “Battle for the Bell" was a strong 31-13 victory for the Tigers, who were arguably too comfortable amid the craziness at times. They committed four personal-foul penalties on high-energy plays in the first half to help the resilient Golden Hawks keep the game close for three quarters.

“As hard as we can, that's the way we like to play,” said Valencia linebacker Cody Gores, who contributed to three sacks in the win. “We like to come out as aggressive as possible.”

A solid example is the way the Tigers (3-0) ran the ball. Will Van Dam had 152 yards on 24 carries, often running behind rowdy tight end Nick Coghill and getting blocks upfield from receiver Jake Watkins. “You could see our style tonight,” Gores said. “It was on display on the field and in the final score also.”

Switzer's fancy-footed running contributed 57 more yards on nine carries, though his night ended with an injury in the third quarter. Valencia's medical staff iced Switzer's knee during the fourth quarter. His backup, senior Patrick Godoy, completed the Tigers' only two touchdown passes. The second was an impressive 38-yard throw to Watkins in the end zone that put Valencia ahead 31-7.

El Dorado (0-3) had to endure through the same problem. Quarterback Dominick Martinez had to be helped off the field twice, yet returned after both episodes and finished with 188 total yards. “Everything was hurting,” Martinez said. “But I had to get back out there in a game that means as much as this one.”

Valencia, which has won the past three meetings between the rivals, scored on its first three possessions before its groove began to stall. The Tigers' next score didn't come until Godoy connected with Watkins for a 15-yard scoring pass with 4:24 remaining in the third quarter.

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BREA ♦ Valencia’s offense was far from perfect. But the Tigers’ defense – for the second game in a row – was everything it needed to be. Despite a handful of Valencia turnovers, that defense paved the way for the Tigers’ 21-0 nonleague shutout over Brea Olinda on Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. Valencia (2-0) has yet to allow a touchdown this season. "Defense played well, they made plays when they had to,” Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said. “The way our defense has been playing, three points (allowed) in two games, we’ll take that.”

The Tigers started their second drive of the game from the Wildcats’ 45-yard line. Five plays later, they had the game’s first score – all the offense they’d need – on Pat Godoy’s 36-yard scramble down the left sideline.
Brea Olinda (0-2) answered with a seven-play drive to Valencia’s 14-yard line after a 39-yard run by Billy Hanley. Then it got sloppy.

Three consecutive fumbles followed – each resulting in a change of possession – and the Tigers ended up with the ball. “We've got to stop our little blunders,” Brea coach Robb Perrance said. “This team’s got a lot of fight. They’re battlers.” Valencia junior backup quarterback Tyler Switzer – who entered the game after a big hit hobbled Godoy midway through the second quarter – completed eight of 14 passes for 140 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

On his second drive, he arced a 24-yard pass to the back of the end zone that found a diving Nick Watkins. The score gave Valencia a 14-0 lead with a minute remaining in the second quarter. Valencia added a third score in the fourth quarter on Switzer’s second touchdown pass of the night, a 46-yarder that deflected off a Brea defender to receiver Jackson Mirth, who trotted into the end zone.

Valencia’s Will Van Dam rushed for 92 yards on 17 carries.Hanley again provided the bulk of Brea Olinda’s offense, rushing for 90 yards on 14 carries. The Wildcats will look for their first win against Diamond Bar next week.

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PLACENTIA ♦ The 2013 contest between Yorba Linda and Valencia – one that would ultimately decide the Empire League champion – was all Mustangs.

The 2014 rematch was a different story. The Tigers defense kept Yorba Linda’s offense to a distant murmur as they handed the now-Crestview League Mustangs a 28-3 nonleague loss at Valencia High on Friday.

Valencia (1-0) clung to a 7-3 lead at halftime but sped its offense up considerably in the third quarter. An 11-play drive that culminated in a 10-yard Pat Godoy pass to Chachmoni Ben-yisrael spearheaded the Tigers’ strong second half performance.
“I thought early on – offensively especially – we were all over the place, shooting ourselves in the foot,” Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said. “Defense fortunately kept us in the game with the three takeaways in the first half. And then we found our stride in the second half.”

Godoy tacked on touchdown runs in the third and fourth quarters to seal the victory. He finished with three touchdowns and 35-yards rushing. Will Van Dam rushed for 118 yards on 15 carries.

Yorba Linda (0-1) entered the contest already plagued by summer injuries that left three starters sitting on the bench – Ryan Faithe, Chandler Scharr and featured receiver Carter Kimberly. Mustangs running back Jimmy Gillis had nine carries and 20 yards before getting injured during the game as well, Yorba Linda coach Jeff Bailey said.

“Obviously we even had some more injuries during the game and the kids that were there were battling their butts off,” said Bailey. “That’s a good team. They’re a CIF-caliber team and I got to (take) my hat off to them, they pounded us and they did what they were supposed to do.” The Mustangs led at the end of the first quarter, 3-0, on 27-yard field goal by Max Miller. Valencia stole that lead a quarter later. An interception by Jacob Briggs brought the Tigers to the 22-yard line, paving the way to Godoy’s touchdown – a 1-yard run early in the second quarter – that gave the Tigers their 7-3 lead. Yorba Linda plays host to Orange Lutheran next week. Valencia faces Brea Olinda.

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PLACENTIA > It has been three long years since Fullerton High last celebrated a postseason victory. While Indians coach Gus Martinez could have done without the late-game drama, he´ll nevertheless relish the sweet taste of a playoff win.

James Hubbard scored three touchdowns and accounted for 229 yards of total offense for Fullerton as it narrowly escaped Valencia, 29-21, in a CIFSS Southwest Division firstround game Friday at Valencia High.

"I´m about to collapse," Martinez joked after the game. "It´s awesome though. We´ve talked all year about getting back to this point. And through everything that we´ve been through this season, we´re thrilled to be back in this position." Fullerton (9-2) will host Los Alamitos (9-2) next week in the quarterfinals. "We´re back to where we´re supposed to be," Martinez added.

Leading, 22-15, with just more than two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Hubbard came in motion from his receiver spot, took a handoff from quarterback Scott Lloyd and raced 85 yards for what looked to be the gameclinching touchdown. The Indians led, 29-15, with 2:19 to play.

But on Valencia´s ensuing possession, sophomore quarterback Tyler Switzer guided the Tigers´ offense 80 yards in just three plays. Switzer connected with Jake Watkins on a 36-yard touchdown pass 44 seconds after Hubbard´s score, cutting the Indians´ lead to 29-21 with 1:35 remaining.

For the second consecutive week, Valencia (8-3) was forced to play the second half without its starting quarterback, Patrick Godoy. The junior suffered a concussion in the second quarter and watched the second half from the sideline. Switzer relieved Godoy at the start of the third and the offense was unable to produce any points in his first five drives.

Fullerton recovered the ensuing onside kick and merely had to gain one first down to put the game out of reach. On a second down play, Lloyd took off on a quarterback keeper and was stripped of the football. Tigers defensive back Ray Gonzales recovered the ball in midair at the Valencia 38-yard line, reclaiming possession with 45 seconds to play.

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PLACENTIA - Valencia back-up quarterback Tyler Switzer threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Larrasquito on fourth down with 1:29 remaining, allowing the Tigers to escape with a 14-10 victory over Kennedy on Friday night in the Empire League finale at Valencia High. The Tigers (8-2, 5-1) claimed the league´s No. 2 seed in the CIF-SS Southwest Division playoffs.

Kennedy (5-5, 3-3) came 90 seconds short of earning a playoff bid. A win over Valencia would have catapulted the Fighting Irish into the No. 2 spot. Instead, they find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture.

Kennedy held a lead at halftime because of Justin Minor´s 50-yard Hail Mary to Joe Lovetere. The senior brought the ball down in the end zone with no time left in the second quarter, giving the Fighting Irish a 10-7 advantage.

Valencia starting quarterback Patrick Godoy injured his left ankle midway through the second quarter and watched the remainder of the game from the sideline, limping noticeably. With Switzer, the Tigers turned the ball over three times and never got into a rhythm offensively.
"The defense shut (Kennedy) down in the second half," Mike Marrujo said. "We had to have that. And we made enough big plays late to get it done."

Valencia´s last drive started on the Kennedy 31 after a 15-yard punt return from Chach Ben-Yisrael. The Tigers drove to the Fighting Irish 8 and were faced with a fourth-and-2. Rather than try for a field goal, Marrujo went for the win, and won the gamble.

The kids really played their tails off," Kennedy coach Brit Johnson said. "It´s a football game and it hurts right now, but hopefully the kids take it as a learning experience and realize that good things will come from this."

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Anaheim - Valencia quarterback Pat Godoy took the handoff, lowered his shoulder and crashed into his center at the 4-yard line, ramming his way into the end zone. There´s nothing fancy or mysterious about the Tigers offense. No trick plays or even misdirection. It´s just straight-down-your-throat bully ball.

Valencia claimed second place in the Empire League, separating itself from Thursday´s opponent, Cypress, with a 41-3 win at Western High.
The victory clinched another playoff berth for the Tigers during the storied tenure of Coach Mike Marrujo, whose teams have missed the postseason just twice since he took over in 1981.

Valencia beat up Cypress the Marrujo way, running 50 times for 354 yards.
"At halftime we talked about it, we´re not going to fool around," Marrujo said. "We´re just going to keep running the football."

The Tigers were relentless, gaining at least 5 yards on 30 of their carries. Tom Torres ran for 120 yards and Will Van Dam had 130, with both scoring a touchdown. Godoy threw 10 times and completed six passes, including a 61-yard touchdown to Jake Watkins.

The first of Godoy´s three touchdown runs came late in the second quarter, giving Valencia a 20-3 lead at halftime. The junior quarterback rushed a team-high 18 times for 92 yards. "He really complements our running backs," Marrujo said. No. 21 Valencia (7-2, 4-1) was just as dominant on the other side of the ball. Defensive end Mike Sota had two sacks and defensive end Cody Gores had an interception and safety.

After Cypress (6-3, 3-2) drove down and kicked a field goal on the game´s opening possession, the Centurions managed just four more first downs, including only one in the second half. "Our offensive line won the game for us, them and the defensive line," Marrujo said. "This is one of the better games we´ve played this season."

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PLACENTIA > Valencia considered it crucial to get out of the gate fast against Pacifica on Thursday night. The Tigers didn´t exactly dominate the first half, but they took a touchdown lead into the break and turned it into a 40-14 victory against the Mariners in an Empire League matchup at Valencia.

Valencia wanted to start strong after falling behind by 20 points last week against Yorba Linda and eventually losing by seven. "They came out and ran a new defense they hadn´t run, and they had us going," Tigers coach Mike Marrujo said of the Mariners. Once we figured it out, we were OK, but they made it awful tough on us."

Marrujo estimated his team ran about three plays in the second half, and most of them were power-running plays that Pacifica 2-6, 1-3) couldn´t seem to stop. Tom Torres was the benefactor of the adjustments. After rushing for just 26 yards on eight carries in the first half, Torres exploded for 102 in the second half. His second touchdown, a -yard scoring run, put Valencia (6-2, 3-1) ahead by 19 with 4:16 left in the third.

Nick Howard and Pacifica´s offense threatened to make a game of it once it reached the Tigers´ 15 on the next possession, but Trent Salcedo stepped in front of a Howard pass and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown to put the game out of reach.

Patrick Godoy had a strong performance for Valencia, completing 9 of 12 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jake Watkins, while also rushing for a score.

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YORBA LINDA > It´s supposed to take new football programs more than a year to establish themselves as legitimate league threats. It´s supposed to take underclassmen more than a year to mature into dynamic varsity players.

Coaches typically need more than a year to implement their systems, heighten their respective program´s expectations and develop their personnel. Most new football programs aren´t like Yorba Linda´s, though. And most football coaches aren´t like Jeff Bailey.

Four years removed from their inaugural Empire League season, the Mustangs declared themselves league favorites with a 28-21 victory over Valencia on Friday at Yorba Linda High. "That´s a great ballclub," Bailey said of Valencia. "They´re well coached, tough and disciplined. We´re excited about this win."

With perennial league champion Tustin no longer the terror it once was, Yorba Linda (6-0, 2-0) threw its hat into the ring as the heir apparent to the Empire League throne.

It´ll be the fifth-year program´s fourth straight season in contention. "We have a great group of kids who have worked hard since the start," Bailey said. "Summers in the offseason, falls in the heat, our kids have bought into our system. We´re a family. "We´re not the biggest or fastest team, but, man, we play hard." Scores from Jake Fischbeck and Jimmy Gilles put the Mustangs up, 14-0, early in the first quarter. Valencia´s defense intercepted quarterback Jake Gigliotti twice in the half.

Its offense, however, couldn´t convert on the ensuing possessions. Yorba Linda had a 20-0 lead at intermission and was never threatened. "Jake had a great game, but turnovers almost cost us," Bailey said. "He made plays when we needed, though. Sometimes plays you design work, and sometimes they don´t." Tom Torres (85 rushing yards) scored on touchdown runs of 16 and 1 yards for Valencia (5-2, 2-1).

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PLACENTIA > Before Friday night´s Empire League game against Western, Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said his team had played good halves in games this season but had not played a complete game, yet.

The Tigers might have changed Marrujo´s perception as Valencia cruised to a convincing 34-7 victory over the Pioneers at Valencia High.
"I´ll take it; we made big plays, and our defense was solid like they´ve been all year," said Marrujo, who earned his 260th career win.

Patrick Godoy rushed for 107 yards and scored a career-high four touchdowns to complement the dominating Valencia defensive effort.
The Tigers (5-1, 2-0) have won four consecutive games and moved into first place as a result of Kennedy´s loss. Yorba Linda, idle this week, is one-half game back. Valencia has outscored its opponents, 79-14, the past three games.

Trent Salcedo jumpstarted the Tigers´ attack with a 40-yard punt return to the Pioneers´ 4-yard line midway through the first quarter. One play later, Godoy scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to give Valencia a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter Will Van Dam darted 63 yards for a touchdown, and Godoy raced in from 21 yards to score as Valencia built a 21-0-halftime lead. Godoy added touchdown runs of 4 and 20 yards in the second half. The Tigers defense led by Mike Vega and Cody Gores stifled Western´s offense as it limited the Pioneers (2-3, 0-2) to three first downs and 40 yards in the first half. "The key was that we watched the outside and we stayed contained throughout the game," Gores said.

Frankie Jorquez and Alex Ojelabi, the two leading rushers in the league, were held to a combined 40 rushing yards.

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