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Saddleback rallies back to beat Santa Ana Valley

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SANTA ANA – Saddleback allowed a lead to get away early in the fourth quarter, but Osvaldo Zuno and Jacob Roa made sure that the Roadrunners would take it back for good.

Zuno’s 69-yard pass to Roa with 9:14 to play made the difference for the Roadrunners, who beat Santa Ana Valley, 29-19, at Santa Ana Stadium in nonleague action on Friday night in the first meeting between the two schools since Sept. 23, 2011.

Zuno and Roa combined again on a pass for the two-point conversion after the go-ahead score.

With the win, Saddleback (2-0) snaps the Falcons’ rivalry dominance, which included five straight wins between 2007 and 2011. The Roadrunners last defeated Santa Ana Valley, 28-0, on Sept. 21, 2006.

The Falcons jumped ahead for the third time in the contest on Eric Lares’ 14-yard pass to Sherman Thomas 1:48 into the fourth to make it 19-14, capping an 11-play, 73-yard march. Lares’ pass for the two-point conversion failed.

Lares completed 9 of 17 passes for 65 yards and Thomas had 6 receptions for 48 yards.

Zuno hit Jonathan Reyes on a 10-yard pass to increase the Roadrunners’ advantage to 29-19. Zuno threw for 142 yards and three touchdowns.


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