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KENT TREPTOW, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Valencia running back Levi Perez (15) tries to escape Cypress' Andrew Moreno during Friday's football game between Cypress High School and Valencia High School at Valencia.

Valencia attack overwhelms Cypress

FOR OCVARSITY.COM

PLACENTIA – Valencia's defense posted a shutout and the offense scored six times to end the regular season with a 35-0 Empire League victory over Cypress on Friday at Valencia High.

Quarterback Jesse Godoy directed the option offense for Valencia, finishing with a game-high 128 rushing yards to go along with 84 yards through the air on an efficient 10 of 13 passing. His partner in the option attack was running back Levi Perez, who ran for 87 yards on 15 carries.

Valencia (7-3, 5-1) finished the regular season second in the Empire League, earning one of the league's three playoff berths. Cypress (4-6, 2-4) misses the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

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Cypress tried to pound the ball on the ground with running back Jake Brito, but despite Brito gaining 109 yards on 18 carries, the Centurions could not get into the end zone.

Perez scored on the game's opening drive and Jesse Gonzalez hit a pair of field goals in the first half, one from 40 yards and another from 36, to give the Tigers a 13-0 lead at halftime.

Brito provided an explosive start to the second half when he broke free up the left sideline for 69 yards before being caught at the Valencia 11-yard line. The drive quickly stalled, however, as the Centurions turned the ball over on downs.

Valencia added to the lead late in the third quarter as Godoy threw to Anthony Larrasquitu, who broke a tackle and went for a 25-yard touchdown.

Rushing touchdowns by Godoy and backup quarterback Matt Ruff put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.

Valencia extended the lead to 35-0 when kicker Gonzalez realized his extra point following the final touchdown was going to be blocked, picked up the ball and completed a pass threw it to Hayden Keefe for two-points.


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