Tyler Scott’s 2 touchdowns help lift West Ranch football over Valencia

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West Ranch’s Tyler Scott #21 carries for a big gain as Valencia’s Tyler Thompson #23 pursues during their game at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Valencia’s Daniel Hernandez #32 carries the ball as West Ranch’s Tyler Lujan #11 attempts the tackle during their game at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Valencia’s Dylan Kelly #2 looks for some running room as West Ranch’s Zach Wyre #9 moves in for the stop during their game at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Valencia quarterback Trey Erickson #3 scrambles during their game against West Ranch at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Valencia’s Daniel Hernandez #32 loooks for some running room as West Ranch’s Brady Van Bennekum #7 moves in during their game at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Valencia’s Daniel Hernandez #32 is tackled by West Ranch’s Tyler Jones #13 during their game at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

West Ranch quarerback Ryan Staub #6 scrambles as Valencia’s Tony Testa #8 pressures during their game at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

West Ranch’s Chaz Hilst #12 breaks up a pass intended for Valencia’s Tyler Thompson #23 during their game at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

West Ranch quarterback Ryan Staub #6 passes the ball during their game against Valencia at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Valencia quarterback Trey Erickson #3 passes the ball during their game against West Ranch at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Valencia’s Daniel Hernandez #32 caries the ball as West Ranch’s Tyler Lujan #11 grabs him during their game at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

West Ranch’s Tyler Scott #21 heads in to the endzone for a touchdown during their game against Valencia at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

West Ranch quarterback Ryan Staub #6 passes the ball during their game against Valencia at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Valencia’s Dylan Kelly #2 carries the ball as West Ranch’s Grayson Gill #32 attempts a diving tackle during their game at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

West Ranch quarterback Ryan Staub #6 is knocked out of bounds by Valencia’s Tony Testa #8 during their game at Valencia High School in Valencia Friday, October 6, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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VALENCIA — The Valencia and West Ranch football teams share a stadium since the Wildcats don’t have a lighted field of their own for Friday nights. The Wildcats symbolically claimed the field as their own Friday night by planting a flag emblazoned with their team logo at the 50-yard line after beating Valencia 23-16.

“That was planned,” West Ranch senior Tyler Scott said. “Everybody tries to give us crap for it because we don’t have our own stadium. This is our house now.”

The win marks the first time that West Ranch (8-0, 4-0 Foothill League) has beaten both Valencia and Saugus in the same season. They did it with the powers of quarterback Ryan Staub and Scott, who scored two touchdowns on Friday.

In Scott’s second game after the Bishop Alemany transfer’s sit-out period ended, he ran 27 yards for the Wildcats’ first touchdown after Nathan Petrie recovered a Valencia fumble to set up the drive.

His second was on a 3-yard run that came after Staub hit Maverick Diaz with a 15-yard bullet.

“Everyone grew up in our grade watching Valencia just dominate the whole league,” said Scott, whose brothers went to West Ranch. “This year, we put ourselves on top.”

The first portion of the opening quarter featured four turnovers — one of which was West Ranch quarterback Ryan Staub’s first interception of the season. Ralph Testa hauled in that one, then Staub threw another later in the game.

“He’s a perfectionist,” West Ranch coach Chris Varner said. “I thought he responded very well in the second half with his legs and threw some really nice balls that we needed.”

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Valencia (4-4, 2-2) got on the board just over halfway through the quarter on a Trey Erickson quarterback sneak, but West Ranch’s countered with a QB sneak of their own a minute later.

The Vikings defense forced a turnover on downs and their offense reached the 28-yard line just seconds until halftime, leaving Cameron Fontal to kick a field goal to bring the score to 20-9 before the break.

West Ranch now has the inside track for a Foothill League title. With that goal out of reach for Valencia and a Wildcats flag on the field, the Vikings now turn their attention to playoffs.

“There’s only one real reaction to have,” Vikings linebacker Reid Farrell said. “I’m not gonna feel sorry for myself. It’s the third part of the season, forget everything that happened. And if anything, make it even stronger. This team’s going to grow a lot right now.”