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Valencia rolls but loses QB to injury
PLACENTIA - Valencia set an early tone with two quick touchdowns and was in control throughout in a 31-13 victory over Sonora in a first-round Southwest Division game Friday at Valencia High.
The Tigers (8-3) won the coin flip against Edison to determine home field for the second round and will play host to the top-seeded Charges next Friday.
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Valencia quarterback Jesse Godoy injured his right knee on a 5-yard run in the third quarter and spent the rest of the game sitting on a trainer’s table on the sideline. Tigers coach Mike Marrujo didn’t know if Godoy would be ready to play against Edison.
“I hope it’s just a sprain,” Marrujo said.
Sonora (5-6) had the game’s first possession but fumbled the ball away on the third play.
The Tigers took over on the Sonora 33-yard line, and Levi Perez scored on a 25-yard run three plays into the drive.
On Valencia’s next possession, Perez ran for a 55-yard touchdown to make the score 14-0 less than four minutes into the contest.
Sonora came back and scored on a 55-yard pass from Kyle Mahlstede to Matthew Villasenor, but the Raiders couldn’t do much offensively from that point.
Credit the Tigers defense, which sacked Mahlstede three times - two recorded by Jesse Gonzalez - and grabbed three interceptions.
For the second week in a row, Mahlstede put up impressive numbers in a losing effort. The senior completed 19 of 40 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown.
Before leaving the game, Godoy completed 8 of 15 passes for 73 yards and rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Matt Ruff, who replaced Godoy, threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jake Watkins to make the score 31-6 late in the third quarter.
The Tigers also played with out defensive standout and Boise State bound Gabriel Perez, who was sidelined with an injury and will not play against Edison, Marrujo said.