Valencia football opens postseason on a high note with win over Great Oak
Vikings receiver, Mykael Wright (2), gets vertical to catch a pass before running it in for a touchdown against Great Oak High School in a playoff game in Valencia, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal
By Haley Sawyer
Friday, November 10th, 2017

Three different running backs scored in Valencia football’s 54-23 win over Great Oak of Temecula on Friday night at home.

Luring Paialii scored three times, Moises Haynes scored twice and Jayvaun Wilson scored once.

“We motivate each other by scoring,” Paialii said. “If one person scores, the other person wants to score. But we don’t do it for ourselves; we do it for the team. We just love each other.”

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Paialii dented the scoreboard first for the Vikings (10-1 overall) in the first-round CIF-Southern Section Division 2 matchup with a four-yard touchdown rush.

On the following Wolfpack possession, quarterback McGwire Bustamante threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Danny Morales to tie the game with four minutes left in the first quarter.

When the Vikings got the ball back, Great Oak (5-6 overall) forced a safety to gain a two-point advantage.

Downs quickly recovered, however, and threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Mykael Wright.

Paialii opened up the second quarter with his second touchdown of the night on a 6-yard scamper. He followed that with a 9-yard touchdown rush to close the first half.

“He’s gotten better and better as the year has gone,” Muir said while, along with the rest of the coaching staff, wore a beaded necklace courtesy of Paialii’s Samoan father during the game.

“He’s getting more comfortable in the things that we do and you can see it almost by the day, by the week, he just gets better and better.”

Downs connected with Wright on a 40-yard touchdown pass to open the second half, then Bustamante threw his second touchdown pass of the night to Notre Dame-commit Jack Lamb.

With six minutes left in the third frame, Moises Haynes punched it in from the 10-yard line for his first TD, then from the 14 for his second.

Jayvaun Wilson notched his touchdown with a 40-yard rush midway through the fourth quarter.

Great Oaks scored once more with 15 seconds left to play, but their fate was already sealed.

Valencia will play Norco in the second round of playoffs on Friday, Nov. 17.

Valencia Vikings Defensive End, Benjamin Seymour (51), tackles Great Oak receiver C.J. Barney (31) during a playoff game in Valencia, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

About the author

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and is the sports editor at The Signal.

Vikings receiver, Mykael Wright (2), gets vertical to catch a pass before running it in for a touchdown against Great Oak High School in a playoff game in Valencia, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

Valencia football opens postseason on a high note with win over Great Oak

Three different running backs scored in Valencia football’s 54-23 win over Great Oak of Temecula on Friday night at home.

Luring Paialii scored three times, Moises Haynes scored twice and Jayvaun Wilson scored once.

“We motivate each other by scoring,” Paialii said. “If one person scores, the other person wants to score. But we don’t do it for ourselves; we do it for the team. We just love each other.”

MORE: Hart football makes statement with first-round win over Sierra Canyon

Paialii dented the scoreboard first for the Vikings (10-1 overall) in the first-round CIF-Southern Section Division 2 matchup with a four-yard touchdown rush.

On the following Wolfpack possession, quarterback McGwire Bustamante threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Danny Morales to tie the game with four minutes left in the first quarter.

When the Vikings got the ball back, Great Oak (5-6 overall) forced a safety to gain a two-point advantage.

Downs quickly recovered, however, and threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Mykael Wright.

Paialii opened up the second quarter with his second touchdown of the night on a 6-yard scamper. He followed that with a 9-yard touchdown rush to close the first half.

“He’s gotten better and better as the year has gone,” Muir said while, along with the rest of the coaching staff, wore a beaded necklace courtesy of Paialii’s Samoan father during the game.

“He’s getting more comfortable in the things that we do and you can see it almost by the day, by the week, he just gets better and better.”

Downs connected with Wright on a 40-yard touchdown pass to open the second half, then Bustamante threw his second touchdown pass of the night to Notre Dame-commit Jack Lamb.

With six minutes left in the third frame, Moises Haynes punched it in from the 10-yard line for his first TD, then from the 14 for his second.

Jayvaun Wilson notched his touchdown with a 40-yard rush midway through the fourth quarter.

Great Oaks scored once more with 15 seconds left to play, but their fate was already sealed.

Valencia will play Norco in the second round of playoffs on Friday, Nov. 17.

Valencia Vikings Defensive End, Benjamin Seymour (51), tackles Great Oak receiver C.J. Barney (31) during a playoff game in Valencia, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

About the author

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and is the sports editor at The Signal.

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