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Backfield trio shows versatility in Brea Olinda win
BREA – Brea Olinda’s backfield of versatile Noah Rivera, tailback Michael Martinson and quarterback Dylan Flenniken showed plenty of speed and skill against Valencia, leading the Wildcats to a 33-21 nonleague victory Friday night at Brea Olinda.
The 5-foot-7, 142-pound Rivera had touchdown runs of 16 and 49 yards and caught a 31-yard scoring pass from Flenniken. The 165-pound Martinson had 4- and 2-yard scoring runs and the 6-foot-3, 170-pound Flenniken was elusive while running and accurate while passing in gaining 277 yards in total offense.
Rivera gained 81 yards on six carries and caught five passes for 120 yards Martinson rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries. Flenniken completed 10 of 16 for 205 yards and ran nine times for 72.
Brea (2-0) had 473 yards in total offense. It led 26-7 at halftime and extended it to 33-7 early in the third period.
Valencia (0-3) started Sam Lydic at quarterback for the first time this season. He’d been a wide receiver in the opening two games, but the loss of starter Eric Terrones in the season-opening loss to Capistrano Valley and the ineffectiveness of junior Zach Charles last week against Yorba Linda forced Coach Shaun Racobs, in his first season at Valencia, to switch to the senior Lydic.
The Tigers also played without star running back Jahquon Speed, who was out with an injury. Michael Carrasco, a 200-pound senior, replaced Speed admirably by rushing 19 times for 108 yards. Carrasco had a 27-yard touchdown run that tied the game, 7-7, in the first quarter.
Lydic completed 13 of 17 for 179 yards and ran 16 times for 35. He threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Jordan John in the third period. Nathan Perez scored Valencia’s final touchdown, a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Valencia showed resiliency, outscoring Brea 14-7 in the second half.
Brea took the opening kickoff and drove 77 on 9 plays, with Rivera scoring on his 16-yard run.
Valencia scored on its first possession with Carrasco’s run, and Brea regained the momentum with a 67-yard, 8-play march capped by Rivera’s 31-yard touchdown reception from Flenniken.
Brea extended its lead in the second quarter on a six-play, 87-yard drive, capped by Martinson scoring from the 4. Flenniken had a 48-yard run on the drive.
The Wildcats capped an eight-play, 66-yard scoring drive ended with Martinson’s 2-yard run that pushed their lead to 26-7 with 5:04 left in the second period