Valencia Changes the Pace in Time

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Valencia abandoned its running game after one quarter and had enough of a passing attack to hold off Los Amigos, 7-0, Friday in a nonleague game at Garden Grove High.

The Tigers (2-0) opened the second quarter throwing and their first possession was a 10-play, 70-yard drive that produced the game’s only score.

Quarterback Eric Young, who threw for 48 yards on the drive, scored on a five-yard run with 5 minutes 38 seconds remaining in the half to put the Tigers on top for good.


“They just stacked eight guys on the line, so we kind of had to mix it up,” Valencia Coach Mike Marrujo said.

Young completed nine of 14 passes for 95 yards.

Valencia running back Alex Martinez helped seal the Lobos’ fate. He rushed for 27 yards in five carries, caught two passes for 36 yards and downed a punt at the Los Amigos five-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Los Amigos (0-2) had three sustained fourth quarter drives, but each ended with a turnover.

A fumble recovery and two late interceptions of Lobos quarterback Javier Aceves by Ray Cortez clinched the victory.

Los Amigos was led by junior Najja Kee, who rushed for 105 in 19 carries. Shaun Tagatauli cauught two passes for 21 yards to lead the Lobo receivers.