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LA North & LA South: Loyola 39, No. 8 Valencia 24

October, 8, 2010
VALENCIA, Calif. -- Jared Baker ran just about wherever he wanted Friday.

Up the middle and through the tackles of would-be defensive linemen and linebackers. To the outside and past the outstretched arms of opposing cornerbacks and safeties. It didn't matter who, or what, was in his way, it was Baker‘s night.

The senior running back was seemingly unstoppable, rushing for 240 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns to help guide Los Angeles Loyola to a 39-24 nonleague upset over host Valencia, No. 8 in ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Top 25 rankings.

“Valencia came into this game with the momentum, no one gave us much of a chance to win, everyone thought that we were going to lose,’’ said Baker, who’s committed to Arizona State. “We came out fired up. We were confident and wanted to prove that we can hang with some of the best teams out there.“

The Cubs (3-3) did just that, opening up a 22-7 lead late in the first half and then holding off numerous comeback efforts from Valencia (4-1).

Trailing by 15 points midway through the fourth quarter, the Vikings attempted one last rally. They moved the ball with relative ease and Steven Manfro scored on a 2-yard touchdown run up the middle. All of a sudden, the Cubs advantage wasn’t as decisive and Valencia trailed 32-24 with 7:23 left.

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