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STEVEN GEORGES, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Valencia's Darren Sandoval runs down the field for a touchdown during the first quarter of Friday's game against El Dorado at Valencia.

Switzer's 4 TD passes lead Valencia past El Dorado

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

PLACENTIA – Tyler Switzer threw four touchdown passes and Darren Sandoval ran for 120 yards on 11 carries, including a 44-yard touchdown run, to lead Valencia to a 35-2 victory over El Dorado in a nonleague game Friday night at Valencia.

Switzer had scoring tosses of 29 yards to Sandoval, 16 to Chach Ben-Yisrael, 17 to Jacob Briggs and 34 to Jackson Mirth. The 6-foot, 170-pound senior completed 13 of 21 for 211 yards and had one interception.

“He’s throwing the ball real well,” Valencia coach Mike Marrujo said. “We’ve got some good receivers and we’ve got some good runners. El Dorado was really crowding the box with eight or nine guys and we had to pass.”

Valencia improved to 3-0. El Dorado fell to 0-3.

Valencia’s quick and physical defense limited El Dorado to 87 yards of offense: 59 passing and 28 rushing. The Golden Hawks were limited to 2 yards passing and 0 rushing in a first half which ended with the Tigers leading 28-0.

Valencia took the opening kickoff and went 78 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead on Switzer’s touchdown pass to Sandoval. The 5-foot-8,180-pound senior turned a short reception into a dash down the sidelines to the end zone with 6:18 remaining in the first quarter. Switzer completed a pass for 25 to Briggs on third-and-17 from the El Dorado 25 to keep the drive moving.

The Tigers took over on their next possession at the El Dorado 44. On first down, Sandoval ran off left tackle, popped into the secondary and went the distance to increase Valencia’s lead to 14-0 with 5:12 remaining in the first quarter.

Valencia scored on its third straight possession, a 44-yard drive on six plays. Switzer hooked up with Ben-Yisrael for 16 yards on third-and-5 to reach the El Dorado 21. Two plays later, the combination clicked again for a touchdown from 16 yards.

The Tigers final TD in the first half was their longest drive, 95 yards on 12 plays. Switzer had completions of 21 to Dylan Neal and 12 to Mason Paine.

El Dorado’s safety came on a snap that went over Switzer’s head and went out of the back of the end zone.


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