Friday, September 16, 2011
Football: No. 18 Chaminade 14, Valencia 10
By Tim Haddock
VALENCIA -- The Chaminade football team scored two second-half touchdowns and rallied to beat host Valencia, 14-10, at Valencia High School on Friday night.
Chaminade running back Terrell Newby scored both touchdowns on short, goalline runs. Quarterback Logan Scott did most of the work for the Eagles on the ground, gaining 101 yards in 17 carries.
More than half his yards came on his first carry of the second half. Pinned on the 3-yard line after the second-half kickoff, Chaminade turned a broken pass play into a 58-yard scamper down the sideline for Scott.
The Eagles, ranked No. 18 in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football rankings, had a first and 10 on the Vikings' 39-yard line. They capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Newby and took the lead, 8-7, for the first time on a two-point conversion run by Newby.
“That just shows what kind of team we are,” Scott said. “We had our backs up against the wall. That was just a team effort to get that play, to get our offense rolling and come out and win this game.”
Valencia (0-2) scored the first touchdown of the game on a 2-yard touchdown run by Ryan Gorman in the second quarter. The Vikings took a 7-0 lead into halftime in a game that was dominated by defensive plays. Valencia held Chaminade to one yard passing and Newby to 27 yards rushing in eight carries in the first half.
Valencia quarterback Sean Murphy was 9-for-12 passing in the first half, but for only 61 yards. Jay Jay Wilson was the top receiver for Valencia with four catches for 43 yards in the first half.
But Chaminade (2-0) came out strong in the second half. The Eagles, led by Scott and Newby, marched down the field, covering 97 yards on 14 plays and chewed up nearly six minutes of the third quarter clock.
“I don’t want to be a second-half team. It wasn’t pretty,” Chaminade coach Ed Croson said. “The guys hung in there and kept battling. Hopefully we learned some lessons.”
Newby punched in the first touchdown of the game for Chaminade with 6:13 left to play in the third quarter. When Valencia went offsides on the point-after-try, Chaminade decided to go for two and take the lead. Newby rumbled across the goalline to give the Eagles a one-point lead.
Valencia repsonded on the ensuing drive and kicked a field goal to take the lead back.
Brett Schreiber knocked through a 41-yard field goal to give the Vikings a 10-8 lead with 3:13 to play in the third quarter.
Newby scored his second touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run with 3:52 to play. The touchdown gave Chaminade a 14-10 lead.
Valencia’s last drive of the game ended after four plays. Murphy came up a yard short of a first down on a fourth-and-four running play from his team’s own 29 yard line.
“I didn’t get our kids prepared to win the football game. That’s on me. That’s my fault,” Valencia coach Larry Muir said. “The kids played hard. We just gave up a couple big plays here and there. I just can’t get our kids ready to finish a game off. That’s on me. That’s my responsibility to get our kids ready to finish a game.”