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PLACENTIA – Valencia’s roller coaster-type season came to an end Friday when the Tigers lost to Chaparral of Temecula 38-0 in a CIF-SS Division 5 game.
No. 20 Valencia was the Empire League co-champion this season after starting off 2-3 in nonleague games.
“It’s real hard after your season ends,” Valencia coach Jason Gray said. “In time, when you get a chance to look back and reflect on your whole season, you appreciate things. I’m proud of the things they accomplished this year.”
Chaparral (7-4) finished the regular season in fourth place in the competitive Southwestern League. The Pumas won their last two games to earn at at-large playoff berth.
The Pumas scored 31 points in the second half Friday. Freshman quarterback Trilion Harris completed 10 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown for Chaparral. Receiver Orlando Ornelas had two total touchdowns and a game-high 73 yards receiving.
The game was put out of reach when Harris completed a 51-yard deflected pass to Isaac Blue. On the next play, Ornelas ran for a touchdown to put Chaparral ahead 17-0.
Justin Manqueros ran for two touchdowns late in the game for the Pumas. Manqueros ran for a game-high 95 yards.
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Valencia (6-5) put together four potential scoring drives, all of which ultimately stalled out. The Tigers turned the ball over on downs twice and lost two fumbles.
Valencia was also shut out by Pacifica in its league finale.
“We weren’t happy with the way we executed on offense and we didn’t score any points,” Gray said. “Now that the season is over, we have a chance to reflect on those things and get better.”