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Valley Christian bounces back, blanks Mitty for 9-1 regular season

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SAN JOSE — Valley Christian did its part. Not it hopes St. Ignatius does the same.

Six days after dropping out of first place in the West Catholic Athletic League, Valley Christian returned home Friday night and closed out the regular season with 28-0 victory over Archbishop Mitty.

The outcome keeps Valley in contention for a piece of the WCAL crown, but the Warriors need help.

If St. Ignatius wins at home Saturday over Serra, the WCAL will finish with S.I., Serra and Valley tied for first. If the result is reversed, Serra will claim the title to itself.

In a postgame address, Valley coach Mike Machado told his players they’ll just have to wait and see what happens. But, he added, “9-1 is never a bad regular season.”

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Mitty finished the regular season 6-4 overall and 4-3 in league.

Valley (9-1, 6-1) got it done Friday behind its defense and a spectacular performance from Isaiah McElvane, who had a Senior Night to remember. The senior ran for 215 yards in 15 carries and scored three touchdowns, including an 84-yard tour through the defense that made it 14-0 at halftime.

Tour?

Yes, tour.

On third-and-20 from the 16, McElvane started running around the right side, peeled back to the left and didn’t turn upfield until he neared the opposite sideline.

Once he got going, the defense had no chance.

McElvane sprinted to the end zone. He added a third touchdown, on a 6-yard run, midway through the third quarter to cap a 12-play 82-yard drive.

“It was Senior Night, and that’s always special,” McElvane said. “I wanted to come out and just play hard. We stressed that in practice, We had a tough loss last week, We tried to put that behind us. Work hard and see what’s ahead of us.”

Defensive coordinator Eric Scharrenberg was particularly pleased that his defense went through another league season without allowing an opponent to score more than one touchdown, something stressed to him decades ago by his defensive coordinator while playing at St. Francis, Steve DeMaestri.

“Steve DeMaestri taught us that the mark of a truly great defense is if you give up one, you don’t give up another,” Scharrenberg said. “For 30 years I have been telling kids that. That’s the first thing we tell them when they come. So for the last two years in WCAL play nobody has scored two touchdowns against us.

“That’s what our kids talk about, the perseverance and responding when things go wrong. It’s a testament to how …read more

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