As the clock ticked down at Valencia High School on Friday in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship game, each player on the Vikings sidelines had a different way of bracing themselves for a potential loss. After Oaks Christian kicked a field goal to take a 20-19 lead over Valencia, Josh DeNeal and Luring Paialii clutched each other’s hands and knelt in prayer. After Kayvon Thibodeaux sacked Vikes quarterback Connor Downs, Jayvaun Wilson took to the bench and put his face in his hands. After an incomplete Valencia pass, Moises Haynes joined him. Valencia’s second loss of the season and first loss at home was nearing. “As the clock was ticking down, it just felt like my energy was just going down and down and down,” said receiver Mykael Wright.