Football: Sacred Heart Cathedral trampled on the road by Valley Christian

Sacred Heart Cathedral senior running back Valentino Miles is dragged down by a Valley Christian defender on Friday at Valley Christian High School in San Jose. (Photo by Drew Osumi)

By Jeremy Balan

SAN JOSE — If last week’s win over rival St. Ignatius was the peak of Sacred Heart Cathedral’s season, it didn’t take long for the Irish to hit rock-bottom.

The Irish were outclassed in every aspect of a 47-6 West Catholic Athletic League loss on the road against Valley Christian on Friday night.

Sacred Heart’s (5-3, 2-3) play was contradictory to everything the Irish have been known to do well this season, and the numbers speak for themselves.

Sacred Heart Cathedral junior quarterback Jerry Peralta scrambles out of the pocket against Valley Christian on Friday at Valley Christian High School in San Jose. (Photo by Drew Osumi)

The same Irish defense that held powerhouse Bellarmine scoreless for three quarters and dominated St. Ignatius was gashed for 423 yards by the Warriors’ high-octane running offense, led by 190 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries from standout senior running back Byron Marshall.

The same Irish offensive line that overpowered St. Ignatius and allowed standout running back Valentino Miles rush for over 300 yards last week was dominated by Valley Christian (4-4, 3-2), and Miles was held to just 11 yards on 15 carries.

Sacred Heart was limited to just 125 yards of total offense and Miles, its greatest offensive weapon, was constantly hit by the Valley Christian defense before he could even get to the line of scrimmage.

“We didn’t show up to play tonight,” said Sacred Heart head coach John Lee. “We got overloaded [on the offensive line] and they’re a quick and really fast defense.”

As much as the Irish offense struggled, it was the defensive effort that was completely out of character for the Irish stop unit that has been a strength all year.

Marshall took the Warriors’ first offensive play for a 68-yard score and Sacred Heart never seemed to recover, allowing seven plays of 20 yards or more, including two more touchdown runs of 51 and 80 yards.

Senior Jarrod Lawson also had a sparkling performance for the Warriors, running for 175 yards on just 10 carries.

In the end, the only thing that could stop the Warriors was the clock, which halted Valley Christian drives at the half and at the end of the game. Other than those instances, the Warriors scored a touchdown on every one of their drives.

“We watched film, we’ve seen them play, but our guys finally came to a point this year where we realized we have to start moving forward,” said Valley Christian head coach Mike Machado. “Offensively, our big-play guys finally put it together as a group.”

One of the lone bright spots for the Irish was the play of junior quarterback Jerry Peralta, who entered in the second half after an injury knocked starter Jack Harrington out of the game at the half.

Paralta led the Irish on a 16-play scoring drive in the fourth quarter, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Miles to give the Irish their only points of the game.

Next up for the Irish is another high-powered running offense in Serra, and Lee is optimistic about the improvements the Irish can make in the upcoming week of practice.

“The only place we can go is up,” Lee said. “We hit rock-bottom, I’m not going to lie, and hat’s off to Valley Christian, they played light’s out. We just need to let this go, come back next week and get ready for Serra. We just have to show up.”

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
VC: 10:18 — Byron Marshall 68-yard run (Phil Ramirez kick good)
VC: 3:19 — Ryan Severson 17-yard run (Ramirez kick good)

Second Quarter
VC: 11:08 — Jarrod Lawson 51-yard run (kick failed)
VC: 10:06 — Marshall 10-yard run (kick failed)
VC: 1:21 — Marshall 80-yard run (Ramirez kick good)

Third Quarter
VC: 11:16 — Michael Deans 32-yard pass from Jay MacIntyre (Ramirez kick good)
VC: 4:53 — Lawson 21-yard run (Ramirez kick good)

Fourth Quarter
SH: 6:36 — Valentino Miles 1-yard run (conversion failed)

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19 Comments

  1. GCJ01 says:

    Well, I guess SHC critics do have one thing right, without Miles, SHC can not win.

    • IC Stars says:

      This is a new one for me… seeing so many people criticize a team because they have good players. It’s like people complaining because a song hits #1.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You can’t not teach heart the SHC players have no heart when it comes to good teams the players run like chicken’s. The championship was not the SI game time to check to see if your a player or just want to be seen in a Jersey. Love high school foitball

  3. sports time says:

    Wow, how does the happen with a good team? To go lose by 40 pts to a team we all know SHC can play with. Thats a shocker to many people, a good team doesn’t let that happen period…Irish must forget that game and move on to the next team which is Serra who has big time speed. Better have a good game plan SHC or get thrashed again. Work hard at practice and be prepared for battle, good luck kids…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Somebody for SCH needs to step up and be a leader there is 2 games left to do that if you don’t want to play turn your stuff in and let someone who wants to play do to

  5. Anonymous says:

    SH’s defense usually keeps them in games but they didn’t show up.
    If that keeps happening then that means: No Tino = No win for SH.
    It’s kinda sad, how one guy controls the outcome of an entire team.

    • IC Stars says:

      How “sad” was it for VC when Marshall was out? You can say the same about any teams best player. The peninsula teams reload at every position every season. Even at water boy for cryin’ out loud. The St. Francis crowd starts complaining if they “only” win 8 games.

  6. Fan says:

    Shocker…yes, end of the world…no. Obviously there was a let down after the big win over SI. But good teams savor the win for that day and get ready for the next opponent the next day at practice. I think I am more shocked that the defense gave up so many yards and a couple of big runs because they have played better then the offense. Granted Miles got shut down but really the whole offense got shut down.

    They have played 8 games, a hard fought 6 of them at least and maybe the defense is starting to wear down. Next week against Serra will be a huge test to see if they have truly fallen from the defensive high point that they had just a few games ago. Maybe the same thing can be said for the offensive line too. Getting wore out playing bigger and faster defenses can shut down your offense pretty quickly.

    Serra and Mitty are going to be huge games for the Irish especially if they want to control their own destiny to get to CCS playoffs and not hope for a bid that may not come about.

    So here’s to not going 5-5 but to 6-4 (but really I wish it’s 7-3). We can all dream before we wake

  7. Anonymous says:

    That should tell your coaches that he needs the ball without the ball and no blocking what is he to do all the good teams get the ball to there best player’s to win games. Don’t get me wrong it’s a team so do what’s best everyone is wondering why ??

  8. Anonymous says:

    byron marshall too raw

  9. Ari Gold says:

    Irish didn’t come to play. You see this all the time with high school and college games. After a huge win, the following week is a sure-fire letdown game. And they really let down. Even with a healthy Harrington, it the game was already settled by half. Its only going to get tougher for SH with Serra and Mitty next. But I’ll just salvage this depressing loss with “at least we beat SI”. That always feels good to say.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Does SHC make the playoffs loosing the final 3 games

  11. Anonymous says:

    Where is SCH hurting more offensive or defense hype or heart talent or players. Always good to here go SF WCAL

    • IC Stars says:

      If “SCH” is hurting anywhere, it’s with depth. There’s plenty of heart, talent and defense out there but having more players wouldn’t hurt.

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