Los Angeles Preps: Brett Schreiber

Valencia 34, No. 20 Canyon 7

October, 21, 2011

VALENCIA – The Canyon football team made too many mistakes, missed too many opportunities, and in the end, played a team that was not quite ready to relinquish the Foothill League championship.

Valencia jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead and rolled to a 34-7 win over previously undefeated Canyon, the No. 20 team in the ESPNLA.com football rankings, in a Foothill League game at Valencia High School on Friday night.

Valencia receiver Malik Townsend caught two touchdown passes and the Vikings defense held Canyon to 34 rushing yards and 212 yards of total offense.

“I knew it was going to take a team effort,” Valencia coach Larry Muir said. “The secondary stepped up. The defensive line was going to have to play tough against the run.”

Valencia is the two-time reigning Foothill League champion. Canyon (6-1) won its first six games of the season, including the Foothill League opener last week against West Ranch.

Valencia (4-3) played a tough preseason schedule that included Chaminade and Loyola. The Vikings were 3-3 entering the game against Canyon.

The Vikings opened the game with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Sean Murphy and chewed up nearly five minutes of the first quarter.

Canyon’s first drive consisted of three plays and a punt. Valencia got the ball back at midfield and stalled after three plays.

Valencia was forced to punt, but Canyon had 12 players on the field for the punt return. The penalty gave Valencia a first down and the Vikings capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Murphy to Townsend.

It was the first of many mistakes by Canyon.

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No. 16 Loyola 28, Valencia 10

October, 8, 2011

VALLEY GLEN -- The Loyola football team came up with four big, game-changing plays against Valencia at L.A. Valley College on Saturday night. But Loyola coach Mike Christensen said a little nine-yard touchdown pass and dominating defense were the reasons for his team’s 28-10 win over the visting Vikings.

However the game is dissected, one player stood out: Loyola’s Eamon McOsker.

He scored two touchdowns, one on a 65-yard fumble recovery and another on a nine-yard catch. He returned the opening kickoff 66 yards to the Valencia 33-yard line and set up his team’s first touchdown.

McOsker had a complete game, coming up with big plays on offense, defense and special teams. His touchdown catch in the third quarter impressed Christensen the most.

“That catch was the best play of the night,” Christensen said. “I think he’s our best football player. We’re glad he’s on our side.”

On a night when there weren’t that many great plays, McOsker came up with the most. Both teams played a great defensive game. Valencia (2-3) gave up only 74 yards of offense to Loyola in the first half. Loyola (5-1) held the Vikings to 107 yards of offense at halftime. But the Cubs, the No. 16 team in the ESPNLA.com prep football Top 25 rankings, went into halftime with a 14-3 lead.

The difference in the first half was the opening kickoff return by McOsker and two short touchdown runs by Cameron Walker. The first kickoff return resulted in a four-play, 33-yard drive that was capped by a four-yard touchdown run by Walker.

Walker scored his second touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter. He only rushed for 23 yards in eight carries in the first half and didn’t have a single carry in the second half.

Valencia’s only points in the first half came on a 19-yard field goal by Brett Schreiber in the second quarter. Valencia drove down to the Loyola two-yard line but couldn’t punch the football in for a touchdown.

“Defensively, we dominated the game,” Christensen said. “Offensively, there’s a lot of plays that didn’t work because of penalties.”

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