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Junior running back, Anthony Lonardo (7), rushes up the field to get the Eagles a first down against Trona, Nov. 24. Lonardo also had a 1-yard TD.

Eagles win the CIF Central Section 8-Man Valley Championship, Nov. 24.

No. 5 FC defeated the No. 9 Trona Tornadoes, 28-0! The Tornadoes, with a 10-0 record, and the Eagles with an 8-4 overall, went into the game with confidence, hoping to win the title.

Junior Anthony Lonardo (7) opened the scoring with 2:54 left in the first quarter on a 1-yard TD run. He had 8 rushes for 11 yards.

Four different Eagles scored TDs but QB senior Tyler Villines had his hand in 3 of them (2 passing, 1 rushing). Villines led the Eagles, passing for 121 yards and 85 rushing. In comparison, Trona only had 91 yards on the ground.

With 1:49 left in the first half, Villines connected with #21 Brandon Brogan (21) for a 45-yard pass play for a TD. Brogan finished the game with 75 yards receiving.

His second passing TD was with 35 seconds left in the half as Villines passed to Aaron LaCroix (6) for a  27-yard reception. Villines opened the third quarter with a 3-yard TD run. This was set up after he scampered 36 yards for a first down and FC led 28-0. The Eagles quarterback finished the game with 85 yards rushing and 121 yards passing. His longest was a 45-yard toss to Brogan.

Sophomore Blake Burdan also rushed for 42 yards and scored on a rushing 2-point conversion and made two PATs. FC had 263 total yards on offense while Trona finished the game with 124 yards.

The Eagles’ defense did the rest. This was FC’s only shutout of the season. Congratulations to coach Russ Counts and the Eagles on winning the third consecutive 8-Man Valley championship!

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