Unbeaten Valencia Rumbles Into Final : Division VI: Tigers score in each quarter and rout Woodbridge, 48-14. They will play Tustin for the title on Friday.
Valencia High School’s high-powered offense continued to make a shambles of the Southern Section Division VI football playoffs Saturday night.
Valencia Coach Mike Marrujo’s fourth trip to a Southern Section championship game couldn’t have come any easier as the Tigers rolled to a 48-14 semifinal victory over Woodbridge in front of 3,800 at Valencia High.
Valencia (13-0) scored in every quarter, but then scoring has come fairly easy in postseason play. Valencia has outscored three playoff opponents, 120-14, heading into Friday’s championship against Tustin (12-1).
Woodbridge, which finished the season 8-3-1, had scored two upsets in the playoffs with last quarter passing heroics by quarterback James Wyatt, defeating Brea-Olinda, 19-14, and Rancho Alamitos, 17-14.
This time, Woodbridge had lost all hope midway through the third quarter when Valencia took a 34-6 lead following a 30-yard interception return by Ryan Roskelly. Roskelly added a two-yard run late in the third quarter to signal the end as Valencia led, 41-14.
Valencia gained 297 yards rushing, with Roskelly gaining 108 yards in 13 carries and scoring three touchdowns and teammate Willie Barnes adding 142 yards and two touchdowns in 16 carries.
Near the end, the usually stoic Marrujo forced a smile after sophomore linebacker Justin Douglass recorded a sack and raised both of his arms in triumphant. Afterward, Marrujo said all the right things about his next opponent.
“I saw Tustin on Friday night and I was very impressed,” he said. “They’re a solid team that’s on the rise and improving every week.”
While Valencia has breezed in the playoffs, Tustin had to stop two fourth-quarter drives by University before claiming a 14-6 victory in its semifinal game. Valencia wide receiver Kevin Alexander had a different opinion of the upcoming title game.
Asked if he went to see Tustin Friday night, Alexander said, “Why? It doesn’t matter.” Alexander might be right.
Woodbridge should have known it was going to be a long night on the opening kickoff when the Warriors went into their trick play, the starburst, and Rich Rommelfanger emerged from a group of players with the ball. The play never fooled Korey Alexander, who tackled Rommelfanger on the 10-yard line.
Woodbridge did have some moments. The Warriors scored in the first quarter to end Valencia’s playoff shutout streak at eight quarters. Wyatt also passed for 211 yards and running back Glen Edwards had 56 yards rushing and 109 yards receiving.
“I was pleased with our defense,” Marrujo said. “I knew their quarterback was good and holding them to only 14 points was quite an accomplishment for our defense. We mixed up our coverages in the secondary to try to keep them off guard.
“I thought we ran the ball well and (quarterback Marc) O’Brien threw some nice passes. This was a good win against a good team.”