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  • SPARTANS OFF TO STRONG START 21-12 (0)
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  • Football notes: Marrujo still going strong (0)

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  • Half of Edison is plenty 52-14 (0)
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  • Valencia Stifles Pacific Until Legs Take Over 16-3 (0)
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  • Godoy hurls Valencia to victory 48-0 (0)

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  • TILLERS PULL AWAY FROM TIGERS 49-21 (0)

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    Monday, July 14 2014 @ 09:06 PM MST
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    FULLERTON REVELS IN PLAYOFF VICTORY 29-21 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Saturday, November 16 2013 @ 11:32 AM MST
    Contributed by: DanCollier

    Tiger News 2013

    KENNY CONNOLLY
    REGISTER WRITER

    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.
     

    [ Valencia - Tustin] Photo Gallery

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    VALENCIA SCORES LATE, LANDS NO. 2 PLAYOFF SPOT 14-10 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Saturday, November 09 2013 @ 08:15 AM MST
    Contributed by: DanCollier

    Tiger News 2013

    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.”

    [ Valencia - Kennedy] Photo Gallery

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    VALENCIA WINS FROM THE GROUND UP 41-3 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Friday, November 01 2013 @ 11:48 PM MST
    Contributed by: DanCollier

    Tiger News 2013

    By ADAM MAYA
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

    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.”
     

    [ Valencia - Cypress] Photo Gallery

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    VALENCIA CRANKS IT UP IN SECOND HALF, BEATS PACIFICA 40-14 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Saturday, October 19 2013 @ 09:14 AM MST
    Contributed by: DanCollier

    Tiger News 2013

    By ANTONIO MORALES
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

    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.

    [ Valencia - Pacifica] Photo Gallery

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    YORBA LINDA STAYS COURSE OF UNBEATEN 28-21 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Saturday, October 12 2013 @ 08:09 AM MST
    Contributed by: DanCollier

    Tiger News 2013

    By BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    FOR THE REGISTER

    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).

    [ Valencia - Yorba Linda ] Photo Gallery

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    VALENCIA FINALLY PUTS IT TOGETHER IN ROUT 34-7 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Saturday, October 05 2013 @ 06:59 AM MST
    Contributed by: DanCollier

    Tiger News 2013

    By TOM CONNOLLY
    FOR THE REGISTER

    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.

    [ Valencia - Western ] Photo Gallery

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    VALENCIA’S GROUND GAME SUBDUES TUSTIN 21-0 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Saturday, September 28 2013 @ 10:02 AM MST
    Contributed by: DanCollier

    Tiger News 2013

    By JOHN W. SCAFETTA
    FOR THE REGISTER

    TUSTIN › With a new face manning the Tustin sideline, Valencia coach Mike Marrujo’s goal was simple when it came to showcasing his spread offense Friday night. Wear down the defensive front and run the ball relentlessly.

    Powered by a trio of resourceful running threats, the Tigers did just that. Senior running back Tom Torres had 17 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown as Valencia defeated host Tustin, 21-0, in the opening of Empire League play. “I knew Tustin would play much better and they did,” Marrujo said. “The coaches really got those kids turned around in just a week. We ran our basic plays tonight and the kids just executed.”

    The Tigers’ racked up 301 yards as quarterback Patrick Godoy capped Valencia’s run-heavy, 13-play, first drive with a 10-yard scoring pass to tight end Nick Coghill at the 4:46 mark of the first quarter.

    The Tigers (4-1, 1-0) completed two fourth-down conversions in the drive and took more than six minutes off the clock. Tustin (0-5, 0-1), playing its first game under Coach Winter Welz, had only 78 yards. Welz took over for first year coach Greg Gano, who resigned last week.

    With only three days to prepare his team, the Tillers forced three turnovers on defense and held Valencia to just 187 first-half yards. But ultimately, the Tigers’ meticulous offense wore down Tustin’s strongwilled defense.

    Staked to a 7-0 halftime lead, Valencia owned the play clock for much of the second half. Torres scored on a 30-yard run to make it 14-0 in the third quarter.

    [ Valencia - Tustin ] Photo Gallery

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    VALENCIA WINS BATTLE OF THE VICTORY BELL 24-7 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Saturday, September 21 2013 @ 09:26 AM MST
    Contributed by: DanCollier

    Tiger News 2013

    KENNY CONNOLLY
    REGISTER WRITER

    PLACENTIA - The sound of the Victory Bell triggers two vastly different emotions. For the winner, the constant ringing signifies the start of a raucous community celebration. For the loser, it serves as the constant reminder of what could have been. After an evenly played first half Friday night, Valencia and El Dorado were deadlocked vying for the rights to the city’s Victory Bell.

    The Tigers’ physically imposing style of play proved to be the difference, however, as Valencia scored 17 consecutive points in the second half to outlast El Dorado, 24-7, in the annual Battle of the Bell game played in front of a packed house at Valencia High. “This is big for the players, but it’s really big for the community,” said Valencia head coach Mike Marrujo. “We won it last year as well, so we’re really pleased.”

    After the two Placentia based rivals took a 7-7 tie into halftime, it was Valencia which came out as the aggressor in the second half. The Tigers (3-1) opened the third quarter with a methodical 13-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Valencia ran the ball 10 times, and only went to the air on three occasions before running back Tom Torres capped the drive with a bruising 8-yard touchdown run to reclaim a 14-7 advantage.

    The Golden Hawks (0-4) offense went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, allowing Valencia’s quarterback, Patrick Godoy, to take control of the game. Godoy led a 9-play drive that set up a 26-yard field goal by Mason Paine, which gave the Tigers a 17-7 lead one minute into the fourth quarter.

    “He played a really great game,” Marrujo said of his junior signal caller. “I thought Tommy Torres also played really well for us. We controlled the line of scrimmage and dictated the game in the second half.” Torres ran for three touchdowns and 136 yards on the night, and Godoy was a perfect 10 for 10 in the second half, finishing with 161 yards through the air.

    [ Valencia - El Dorado ] Photo Gallery

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    VALENCIA TAKES COACH’S ADVICE AND RUNS WITH IT 49-20 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
    Saturday, September 14 2013 @ 09:05 AM MST
    Contributed by: DanCollier

    Tiger News 2013

    By MARK COOPER
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

    PLACENTIA - Mike Marrujo wanted to see Valencia run the ball better Friday than it had in its first two games. The Tigers gave their coach more than 200 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in their best offensive performance in six years.

    “We found a few things that were working for us and we stuck with them,” Marrujo said. Valencia found success running to the outside, keeping at it all game in a 49-20 victory over Sonora in a nonleague game Friday at Valencia High. Quarterback Pat Godoy led the way with 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

    Will Van Dam rushed for 55 yards and a score. And Tom Torres had 52yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers broke off seven runs of 10 yards or more, and Godoy kept the Sonora defense off balance by throwing for 190 yards and two scores.


    It was the most points in a game for Valencia (2-1) since scoring 58 on Nov. 17, 2007, in a win over Savanna. The Tigers scored on their first four drives. After Valencia’s Jake Watkins intercepted a pass on Sonora’s opening drive, Torres turned loose down the right sideline for a 25-yard score to put Valencia ahead early. On the second play of Valencia’s second drive, Godoy found Anthony Larrasquitu wide open down the middle of the field for a 65-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

    Valencia went up 42-0 before Sonora (0-3) scored. The Raiders, who were without starting quarterback Brandon Ahrndt, turned over the ball four times. Sonora running back Jacob Fimbres rushed for a game-high 144 yards and three touchdowns.

    [ Valencia - Sonora ] Photo Gallery

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