Monarchs remain undefeated ( 8-0 ) overall, ( 3-0 ) conference
By Emil G. Claes, Staff Writer
This was supposed to be a tough game for Valley College. The team with a 7-0 record traveled to Antelope Valley on Saturday to face a Marauder team that boasted a 5-2 record and were on a three-game winning streak. But 27 seconds into the game, the Monarchs served notice that the Marauders were not going to ruin their perfect record.
Valley scored on its opening drive on a 9-yard pass from Christian Jorgenson to Chris Phillips to give the Monarchs a 7-0 lead. The Monarchs would score 31 more points and the defense would limit Antelope Valley to 7 points for a final score of 38-13.
The win not only keeps the Monarchs perfect on the season, but Valley find itself ranked number one in the Southern California American Division, sharing this title with Southwestern who defeated San Bernardino 33-12 last Saturday.
On their second possession, the Monarchs used the ground game to cap off an eight play, 61-yard drive. Chris Phillips carried the ball the final 6 yards to the end zone and put the Monarchs up 14-0.
Valley added another touchdown in the second quarter before Antelope Valley finally got on the board. The home team scored on Blake Shepherd’s 19-yard pass to Donte Ross, the Marauders’ top scorer. The Monarchs led 14-7 at the half.
The Monarchs came out the second half with the same intensity as they showed in the first half by adding three more scores: an 11-yard touchdown run by Trevor Laurent, a 27-yard field goal by Rodolfo Oliveros and an electrifying 83-yard punt return by Ahkil Crumptons.
With less then five minutes left in the game, Marauder defenseman LeBon Fisher intercepted a pass from Jorgenson and ran it all the way back for a 75-yard touchdown, ending the scoring for the night.
Jorgenson, who was named state Player of the Week after his stellar performance against Allan Hancock last week, was 20-35 for a total of 197 yards and 1 interception. Back-up quarterback Simon Whitehead was 3-5 for 24 yards.
Laurent ate up 168 yards on the ground in 14 attempts for a 12-yard average.
With two games left in their regular season, the unbeaten Monarchs ( 8-0 ) overall, ( 3-0 ) conference, will host Citrus College Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. The Monarchs will rap up their regular season Nov. 12 when they travel to Santa Barbara for a 1 p.m. game.