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YUCAIPA – The Citrus Valley High School football team went to Yucaipa with a determined attitude after losing to Cajon earlier this season. The sort of attitude where they were all business and set on making a statement.

The Blackhawks, paced by Brockton Lium’s four touchdowns, scored on all five of their first-half drives for a 35-0 halftime advantage en route to a 45-7 victory on Thursday night.

“We didn’t have any special plan,” Citrus Valley coach Kurt Bruich said. “Our kids executed well and just played hard.”

Citrus Valley (7-2) improved their Citrus Belt League record to 3-1 and secured a CIF Southern Section playoff berth. The Blackhawks finish their season against crosstown rival Redlands. Yucaipa (5-4, 2-2) hosts Beaumont next week with the league’s final automatic playoff berth on the line.

Citrus Valley scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, including Hunter Herrera’s 11-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the period.

The Blackhawks completed two more touchdown drives in the next 12 minutes, but the best display of Citrus Valley’s dominance came at the end of the first half. The T-Birds drove inside the four-yard line at the end of the half, but the defense stopped three plays and tackled Yucaipa quarterback Tyler Noah short of the end zone.

“We were excellent on offense and defense,” Bruich said. “Losing to Cajon really irritated us.”

Lium, a 6-foot-4 senior, said he had a good feeling about the game when he woke up in the morning.

“We know they would play soft with their defensive coverage, so we threw passes underneath the deep coverage,” said Lium, who is considering Fresno State, UC Davis, Idaho, and Cal Poly-SLO as possible college choices. Lium has played three years of basketball at Citrus Valley, but is unsure of whether he will play his senior year.

Yucaipa coach Justin Price was disappointed with his team’s play Thursday night.

“We played well defensively last week against Cajon, and we were just the opposite this week,” Price said. “Citrus Valley is a very good team and we were thrown for a loop.”

Price was at a loss to explain why the T-Birds came up with a disappointing effort.

“We were in position to make tackles but we need to do a better job tackling,” Price said. “We just seemed out of sorts tonight. Maybe the fact that the game was on a Thursday or maybe it was a letdown from last week. It’s hard to tell.”

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