Los Angeles Preps: Sean Murphy

  1. The Valencia football team handed Canyon its first loss of the season and emerged as the leader in the Foothill League standings. The Vikings have won the past two Foothill League championships, but Canyon came into the game with an undefeated record and a six-game winning streak. The future looks bright for Valencia, who had two underclassmen star in the win. Valencia junior quarterback Sean Murphy had one of his best games of the season. He passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another. He was 12-for-19 passing for 146 yards. Both of his touchdown throws went to sophomore Malik Townsend. He caught touchdown passes of 29 and 19 yards and finished with five catches for 74 yards. Valencia is 2-0 after the first two games of Foothill League play. Canyon, Saugus, Hart and West Ranch are 1-1 and tied for second place. Only two of those teams are guaranteed playoff spots. It should be an interesting next three weeks in the Foothill League.
  2. Another underclassman has been playing well in Ventura County. Camarillo junior Travis Valdez, making only the third start of his high school career, passed for 389 yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s 58-14 win over Hueneme. Valdez is 3-0 as the Camarillo starting quarterback and the Scorpions are 2-0 in Pacific View League play. Senior Conrad Kotake caught four touchdown passes and had 133 receiving yards. He was one of three receivers who had more than 100 yards in the game. Senior Jake Maulhardt caught nine passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Corbin Covey had 106 yards receiving and scored a touchdown.
  3. Burroughs of Burbank running back Zander Anding recorded his fourth 300-yard rushing game in a row. He gained 358 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-22 win over Crescenta Valley. Anding scored on runs of 93, 23 and 65 yards. Behind Anding, Burroughs improved to 4-0 in Pacific League play. The Indians are on the road and play Muir in Pasadena on Friday night.
  4. A pair of City Section running backs combined to score nine touchdowns in crucial league wins. El Camino Real’s Kawan Rally scored five rushing touchdowns and gained 218 yards in his team’s 62-0 shutout on the road over Cleveland of Reseda. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman rushed for three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in his team’s 49-6 win over North Hollywood. He had touchdown runs of 4, 20 and 10 yards and had a 35-yard touchdown reception. He finished with 143 rushing yards and 64 receiving yards.
  5. The Thousand Oaks boys water polo team won the Anaheim Canyon tournament for the second year in a row. Thousand Oaks beat Long Beach Poly, 14-2, in the championship game of the two-day tournament. Ben Rogers scored 13 goals on the final day of the tournament.

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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Football: No. 18 Chaminade 14, Valencia 10

September, 16, 2011

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.”

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