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Valley Christian is taken down by San Juan's big plays

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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After multiple personal foul penalties and a player ejection, San Juan High School faced an improbable second and 45 in the middle of the second quarter against Valley Christian Academy on Saturday night.

But as improbable as that situation seemed, a 46-yard run by Deandre Stroughter was even more improbable. And as improbable as all of that was, it summed up the night for the Lions.

San Juan relied on several big plays to take down Valley Christian 60-13 in a nonleague zero week game at Highlands.

Teri Carter led all rushers with 176 yards and scored five touchdowns. Valley Christian had the unfortunate situation of taking on a fast team in the middle of a defensive transition.

“We lost a coordinator this week, after the jamboree,” Lions head coach Todd Conroy said. “So that really hurt us. All of our defenses are going out the door, and we’re switching everything. Our (current) defensive coordinator wasn’t our coordinator until yesterday.”

San Juan ran a bunched-up, three-back set that relied on sweeps and outside runs. The Spartans were especially strong on the right side of their line, where tackle D.J. Strobridge and guard Davion Johnson paved the way for the majority of Carter’s runs. Once the speed demons reached the outside, points seemed inevitable.

“I’ll tell you what, they took it to us,” Conroy said. “They came out, and I would say they had more to win than we did. They had an 0-10 season last year.”

The Lions also were making adjustments on offense, where quarterbacks Teagan Mowry and Cameron Woodside alternated throughout the game.

Woodside led Valley Christian to its first touchdown with a 45-yard pass to Mowry in the second quarter. They connected for a 55-yard touchdown later in the quarter.

“We’re not experimenting,” Conroy said. “We believe that Cameron Woodside will be our upcoming quarterback because he is a junior. We’re transitioning away from Teagan Mowry because he came out to become the starting quarterback because we didn’t have one.”

The Lions face Cristo Rey this week.

“We’re gonna keep being positive and keep working toward the final effort,” Conroy said. “Keep working toward the league wins. League wins are more important than preseason.”

SAN JUAN 60, VALLEY CHRISTIAN 13

Valley Christian   0   13     0   0 — 13
San Juan            6   28   26   0 — 60

SJ — Carter 39 run (kick blocked)
SJ — N. Johnson 15 run (Carter run)
VC — Mowry 45 pass from Woodside (kick blocked)
SJ — Stroughter 6 run (Till kick)
VC — Mowry 55 pass from Woodside (Norwood kick)
SJ — Carter 44 run (Till kick)
SJ — Lomano 37 interception return (kick blocked)
SJ — Carter 60 run (Till kick)
SJ — Till 7 run (kick blocked)
SJ — Carter 36 run (kick blocked)
SJ — Carter 5 run (Till kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Valley Christian, Norwood 14-30, Mowry 8-minus 2, Bowden 3-11, Alvarez 3-1, Johnson 1-minus 5, Woodside 1-minus 7. San Juan, Stroughter 10-66, N. Johnson 9-117, Carter 8-176, Mott 2-18, Hornbeck 1-34.
PASSING — Valley Christian, Woodside 2-5-1, 100; Mowry 1-3-0, 2. San Juan, Nelson 3-4-0, 51.
RECEIVING — Valley Christian, Mowry 2-100, Alvarez 1-2. San Juan, N. Johnson 2-26, Till 1-25.