By Nate Graham
For The Signal
Thirty wins in a row.
That was the number of consecutive Foothill League wins dating back to 2011 that the Valencia football (7-1 overall, 3-0 in Foothill League) was going for as they faced Saugus (4-4, 2-1) at College of the Canyons on Friday.
From the first snap, the Centurions were determined to show their worth against a team that averages just over 51 points per game this season.
It was all for not, however, as the Cents fell to the Vikings, 50-3.
With just over six minutes left in the quarter, wide receiver Mykael Wright lined up in the backfield and took his first rushing attempt of the game for 90 yards; putting the Vikings up 6-0 after a missed extra point.
At the end of the first quarter, the Vikings led Saugus 6-0 after multiple drops from Valencia on potential touchdown passes.
Valencia found their offensive rhythm in the second quarter as they scored 22 points off two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns, leading 28-3 at halftime.
Wright finished the first half with a receiving touchdown, a rushing touchdown, an interception and gained over 100 yards of total offense.
The Centurions were unable to get their offense going and only passed the 50-yard line once on a drive that saw Valencia amass a total of over 40 defensive penalty yards.
Saugus finished the half with less than 100 yards of total offense and one turnover.
It was more of the same story in the second half as Wright continued to dominate Saugus through the run game, scoring a 36-yard rushing touchdown for his third touchdown of the game with just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
“I feel like my rushing game is improving a lot,” said Wright. “They moved me to wide receiver my freshman year, but I played running back when I was a kid so I love that I was able to play running back.”
Jayvaun Wilson joined in on the action, taking a handoff 63 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the game and giving the Vikings a comfortable 43-3 lead in the third quarter.
Wright and Wilson finished the game scoring 30 of the Vikings 50 total points.