Valley’s football team started its onslaught on the third play of the game Friday when defensive lineman Jay Fuiava picked up a fumble and rumbled 10 yards into the end zone.
And it did not stop.
Valley scored on the ground, through the air, with special teams, and on Fuiava’s big play, all in the first 16 minutes of a convincing 53-0 win at Rancho on Friday night.
“It feels good. It’s more for these kids, man,” Valley coach Quincy Burts said. “We’ve faced a lot of hard-nosed teams that came right at us. The guys had a good week of practice, and it was good for them to come out be the aggressor.”
The Vikings (1-3) needed just 30 plays to rack up 381 yards of offense (12.7 yards per play). Junior quarterback Jarrett Zibert completed 9 of 12 passes to seven receivers for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also ran for 29 yards and a score on just four carries.
His 34-yard touchdown pass to Larry Perry with 8:40 left accounted for the final score of the night. The only other score of the second half came on a Bryce Jones 9-yard run with 3:40 left in the third.
Jones ran for a game-high 121 yards and two touchdowns on eight touches. He also returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown with 10:52 left the second quarter, extending the early lead to 32-0. On the first play of the Vikings’ ensuing possession, Jones scored from 37 yards out.
“We finally got No. 9 (Jones) rolling,” Burts said. “He’s a big part of our offense.”
Defensively, Valley held a young Rancho team to just 20 yards of offense on 26 plays. The Rams (1-3) did not gain a first down.
“We’re nothing more than a glorified JV team at times,” Rancho coach Gary Maki said. “Valley came here, they were 0-3, they were frustrated, they saw an opening here, and they took advantage of it.”
Valley scored four times in the first quarter to take a quick 26-0 lead. Following Fuiava’s score, Zibert hit Randell Mosley for a 26-yard touchdown pass, Jones broke off a 43-yard touchdown run, and Evontay Banks followed with a 41-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.
Banks finished with 68 yards on five carries.