Firm Leads AVC Past Citrus

Josh Firm (Photo) passed for 261 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Antelope Valley scored 31 unanswered points after falling behind early to post a 31-14 win over host Citrus Saturday afternoon in Glendora in Central Division West Conference play.

Firm's two touchdown passes both came in the fourth quarter as AVC clinched the win after trailing, 14-0, in the first half.

Citrus (1-6, 0-2), looking to snap a 5-game losing streak, started out well enough when Arsenio Glenn scored on a 78-yard run on an end-around on the Owls' first play from scrimmage. And Glenn also scored the game's second touchdown on a 4-yard reception from Blake Loncar early in the second quarter that capped an 8-play drive and gave Citrus a 14-0 lead.

After that, however, it was all AVC (2-5, 1-1), which kept its hopes of winning the conference title alive with the win. Ron Scott scored a pair of touchdowns on short runs in the second quarter, Kyle Steffes booted a short field goal late in the third quarter and Firm threw his two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, and the AVC defense didn't allow another point.

The AVC rally actually began on the kickoff after Citrus' second touchdown when Al Staten took a short kick and returned it to the AVC 49. The Marauders capitalized on that excellent field position, putting together a short, 5-play drive that culminated with Scott's first touchdown, a 2-yard run, just 2:04 into the second quarter.

Citrus threatened to score on its next possession, driving to the AVC 27, but came away empty when Travis Coons' 45-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right. Then the Marauder offense embarked on an 8-play, 73-yard drive highlighted by a 21-yard run by David Franklin Jr. and completed by another 2-yard scoring run by Scott with 1:14 left in the first half that made it 14-14 at the break.

The third quarter was scoreless most of the way, though AVC drove to the Citrus 22 on its first drive only to come away empty when Steffes missed a 39-yard field goal. In the final minute of the quarter, however, Steffes capped a plodding, 14-play drive with a 24-yard field goal to give the Marauders a 17-14 lead.

After a Citrus punt, AVC got the ball again and again embarked on a long, plodding drive, marching 87 yards on 13 plays, finishing with Firm's 23-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Michael Boyd with 7:11 left that made it 24-14 and put the Marauders in control.

The Marauders' final score came in the game's final minutes after David Green intercepted Loncar's final pass of the afternoon and returned it 37 yards to the Marauder 18. Three plays later, Firm threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mims with 1:35 left to make it 31-14.

For Antelope Valley, Firm completed 24 of 35 passes on the day for 261 yards, the two touchdowns and no interceptions. Franklin led AVC rushers with 67 yards on 17 carries, and Scott had 31 yards on 10 rushes and scored the pair of touchdowns. Kenny Harmon led AVC receivers with 7 catches for 80 yards, and Kevin Cherry had 5 catches for 74 yards.

For Citrus, Loncar completed 16 of 30 passes for 128 yards and a score, though he also had 2 interceptions. Glenn ended up leading all rushers with 88 yards on just two carries, the bulk of that coming on his game-opening 78-yard touchdown run. Roshon Morris led Owl receivers with 7 catches for 80 yards, and he also recovered a fumble by fellow receiver B.J. Oyefeso.

The win improves AVC's record to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference, and the Marauders take on Long Beach next Saturday at Veterans Stadium. Citrus loses its sixth straight game to fall to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in conference; the Owls travel to Wilmington to take on LA Harbor next Saturday.

Antelope Valley Marauders 31
Citrus Owls 14

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 1 pm @ Citrus Stadium, Glendora
Central Divison - West Conference

1st Quarter:
C - Glenn 78 yd run (Coons kick) 14:28 (0-7)

2nd Quarter:
C - Glenn 4 yd pass from Loncar (Coons kick) 12:56 (0-14)
AV - Scott 2 yd run (Steffes kick) 10:29 (7-14)
AV - Scott 2 yd run (Steffes kick) 1:14 (14-14)

3rd Quarter:
AV - FG Steffes 24 yds 0:25 (17-14)

4th Quarter:
AV - Harmon 23 yd pass from Firm (Steffes kick) 7:11 (24-14)
AV - Mims 8 yd pass from Firm (Steffes kick) 1:35 (31-14)

Team Statistics:
First Downs: Citrus 18 (7 rush, 9 pass, 2 penalty), Antelope Valley 25 (6 rush, 14 pass, 5 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Citrus 26-178, Antelope Valley 40-136
Passing Yds: Citrus 180, Antelope Valley 261
Comp-Att-Int: Citrus 20-38-2, Antelope Valley 24-35-0
Return Yds: Citrus 99, Antelope Valley 78
Sacks-Yds: Citrus 1-7, Antelope Valley 2-22
Fumbles-Lost: Citrus 2-0, Antelope Valley 1-1
Penalties-Yds: Citrus11-92, Antelope Valley 13-93
Time of Possession: Citrus 25:07, Antelope Valley 34:53

Individual Statistics:
Rushing: C 15-Glenn 2-88, 24-Stansell 9-51, 3-Johnson 3-32, 17-Boyd 5-26, 35-Goodlit 1-2, 12-Karl 3-(-10), 7-Loncar 3-(-11); AV 24-Franklin 17-67, 23-Scott 10-31, 41-Buteyn 5-17, 2-Firm 4-13, 17-Harmon 2-10, 13-Culver 1-(-1), team 1-(-1)
Passing:  C 7-Loncar 16-30-2-128, 1 TD; 12-Karl 4-8-0-52; AV 2-Firm 24-35-0-261, 2 TDs
Receiving:  C 80-Morris 7-70, 15-Glenn 5-37, 4-Oyefeso 4-38, 2-Zaragoza 2-23, 17-Boyd 1-7, 3-Johnson 1-5; AV 17-Harmon 7-80, 83-Cherry 5-74, 16-Mims 5-35, 80-Evans 3-41, 13-Culver 1-16, 18-Clark 1-11, 19-Castillo 1-1
Interceptions-Ret Yds:  C none; AV 5-Green 1-37, 8-Bell 1-0
Fum Rec-Ret Yds:  C 92-Sanchez 1-0, 80-Morris 1-0 (ret. possession); AV none
Sacks-Yds:  C 43-Tauiliili 1-7; AV 43-McCrary 1-12, 39-Cannady 1-10 
Punters:  C 2-Zaragoza 5-31.0 avg; AV 40-Steffes 4-36.5 avg
Kick Returns: C 9-Toomer 5-96, 24-Stansell 1-2; AV 13-Culver 1-26, 6-Staten 1-13
Punt Returns: C 24-Stansell 1-1; AV 8-Bell 1-2
Missed FG:  C 22-Coons 45 yds (wide right); AV 40-Steffes 39 yds (wide right)
Notes: Both teams entered 1-5 overall and 0-1 in conference. Loncar started at QB for Citrus; Karl entered in 4th quarter. Glenn's 1st TD came on an end-around on Citrus' 1st play from scrimmage. Mims' TD came after Green's int. This matches AVC's season high in points scored (31-14 vs. East LA in the Marauders' other win). Citrus still leads the all-time series, 13-12-1, but this is the teams' first meeting since 1998.

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