Santa Ana Valley back on track with win over Anaheim


ANAHEIM – The best way to erase the disappointment of a big loss is to get back to business the next week, and that’s what the Santa Ana Valley football team did Thursday night.

Santa Ana Valley, behind the strong running of Chris Hernandez and stout defensive work, bounced back strong with a 49-10 victory over Anaheim in an Orange League game Thursday night at Glover Stadium.

“That was our focus all week to bounce back,” Santa Ana Valley coach Larry Mohr said. “We’ve always been known to do that and they did a great job. That Anaheim team has been playing pretty good lately, and I thought we did a good job.

“In the past games, not counting Katella, we’ve had so many guys out with injuries, and tonight we were a full team and we could see what we have when we had a full team.”

Santa Ana Valley was coming off of a 70-40 loss to Katella last week.

The Falcons (5-4, 3-1) led, 21-10, at halftime, but took control of things with three touchdowns in the third quarter, two coming on short drives thanks to the defense coming up with two turnovers.

Hernandez carried a heavy load on offense, rushing for 198 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries.

“He’s like that all the time – and he played defensive end,” Mohr said of Hernandez.

The Falcons jumped on the board early, scoring on their first two possessions, with both scores coming on 3-yard runs, first by Kenneth Brito and then Hernandez for a 14-0 lead.

The Colonists (3-6, 2-2) scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Adam Rodriguez to Jorge Diaz late in the first quarter.

The final week of the regular season will have the Falcons facing Savanna with hopes of securing second place in league. Anaheim concludes against Century in what is considered a must-win game.

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