SANTA CLARITA – A cold Friday night at Valencia High School almost became even colder for the Valencia Vikings football team.
The Vikings defeated the Redondo Union Sea Hawks 38-17 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.
Valencia (9-2) didn’t play their best football game, in which the score did not dictate how the game was played.
The Sea Hawks (6-5) came into Valencia High School to upset the Foothill League juggernaut, and they didn’t disappoint in the first half.
“We obviously weren’t playing Valencia Viking football,” said Vikings wide receiver Jay Jay Wilson.
Valencia’s opening drive resulted in a 11-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jake Wallace.
After a couple three-and-outs by Redondo, with under seven minutes left, Sea Hawks quarterback Harrison Feacher threw a 47-yard touchdown to even the score.
Just when the Sea Hawks get going, Valencia answered with a big play.
After a Cole Murphy punt traveled inside the 10-yard line, the Sea Hawks fumbled the punt, and the Vikings recovered it in the red zone.
A few plays later, the Vikings’ Jay Jay Wilson scored on the 4-yard rush to put the Vikings up 14-7.
Wilson would start off the second half with another goal line touchdown to put Valencia up 21-7.
The Sea Hawks wouldn’t go down with out a fight.
With just under five minutes left in the third, the Sea Hawks pulled a play from the back of the playbook.
Feacher took the snap off the attempted field-goal, and hit wide-open Colin Hindle for a 16-yard touchdown that cut the lead to seven.
The Vikings were too much to handle for the Sea Hawks, after a couple touchdown catches by Vikings star wide-receiver Nick Jones would help the Vikings outscore the Sea Hawks 14-3 in the fourth quarter.
“Everyone knows what the ultimate goal is, at the same time the ultimate goal is to go 1 and 0 every week,” Vikings head coach Larry Muir said.
The Vikings look to go even further than last season where they lost in the semifinals to Palos Verdes, 50-33
The Foothill League champions will travel to play Pac-7 League third-place Arroyo Grande on Friday, Nov. 22.