Eagles 38 - Valencia 0

MISSION VIEJO, CA., November 29, 1996 – The Eagles went into the second round game without its number one player, Billy Newman, but that mattered little as the defense and other players on offense took up the slack. Newman, who was nursing a sore hamstring, was able to play, but the risk of losing him for the entire playoffs held him out. The Eagle offense picked up in the second quarter as Carson Palmer threw scoring passes to Billy O’Connor and Brett Crowder. The defense held the Tigers in check all night, limiting them to less than 200 yards total offense. Chris Long returned a blocked field goal attempt 73 yards in the third quarter for a 24-0 lead.

By Adrian Peters
Sports Information Director