Patrick Tyler passed for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns as LA Valley racked up 636 yards of total offense in a 45-27 win over Antelope Valley Saturday evening in an American Division, Pacific Conference match-up in Valley Glen.
Tyler led an LA Valley (4-1, 2-0) offense that also amassed more than 300 yards rushing, with Antoine Conner and Anthony Wyche both passing the 100-yard mark and combining to score 5 touchdowns.
The Monarchs had some anxious moments later in the game as Antelope Valley (2-3, 0-2) scored twice just over a minute apart to cut an 19-point Monarch halftime lead to just five points with 4:38 to play. But Conner and Wyche each scored touchdowns in the final 2:22 and the Monarch defense snatched its fourth interception of the game in the last minute to finally secure the win for LA Valley.
Conner set the tone for the evening, scoring on a 49-yard run on the game's fourth play from scrimmage and giving LA Valley a lead it would hold the rest of the way. After Terrence Williams intercepted a pass by AVC's Blake Shepherd, Wyche extended the Monarch lead with a 67-yard touchdown run that made it 14-0 just 4:32 into the first quarter.
Antelope Valley cut into the deficit when Shepherd scored on a 23-yard keeper late in the first quarter. But Tyler threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Boudreaux on the final play of the first quarter to make it 20-7. Tyler threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Christopher Ricks with two seconds left in the second quarter to give the Monarchs a 26-7 lead at the half.
Shepherd scored the only touchdown for either team in the third quarter on a 1-yard keeper late in the quarter. That came five plays after AVC safety Kendall Berry literally snatched the ball out of Ricks' hands and returned it – a fumble that never hit the turf – 45 yards to the Monarch 22 yard-line. That would be the Monarchs' only turnover of the game.
LA Valley pushed its lead back to 18 points when Wyche scored his second touchdown of the night on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter. But Antelope Valley battled back and cut the deficit back to 12 points when Shepherd threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Carlon Smith Jr. On the ensuing kickoff, the Marauders tried an onsides kick, and it worked to perfection when Sean Plousha grabbed the ball out of the air at the 50. Edward Martin capped a quick, 4-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown run to bring the Marauders within five points at 32-27 with 4:38 to play.
On the next kickoff, Antelope Valley tried a pooch kick, over the heads of the ten-man “hands team” the Monarchs had deployed. Boudreaux recovered the rolling ball for the Monarchs. But three plays later LA Valley faced a 3rd and 8 at its own 35 with still more than three minutes left on the clock, plenty of time for the Marauders to put together a potential go-ahead drive.
On that 3rd and 8 play, Tyler backpedaled towards the right sideline and, just as the pass rush was bearing down on him, lofted a perfect floating screen pass to tight end Chris Phillips. That resulted in a stunning 64-yard gain, with Phillips making it all the way to the Marauder 1 yard-line before finally being stopped. On the next play, Wyche scored his third touchdown of the nigh to make it 38-27 and restore the Monarchs' double-digit lead.
Antelope Valley still had an outside chance for a late rally, but three incomplete passes and a 12-yard sack by Monarch linebacker James Walton ended that threat, turning the ball over on downs to the Monarchs. Conner scored on a 27-yard run moments later to push the LA Valley lead to 45-27. AVC got the ball one last time, but Williams tipped Shepherd's final pass of the evening and Cameron Knight made the interception at the Marauder 38 with 28 seconds left to seal the Monarch victory.
Tyler finished 13 of 18 passing for 308 yards, 2 touchdowns and no turnovers, and he also ran the ball 4 times for 17 yards. Conner had 170 yards and 2 touchdowns on 17 carries, and Wyche had 101 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 rushing attempts. Phillips had 4 catches for 152 yards, with much of that coming on the key third-down play. The Monarchs' two excellent cornerbacks both had huge games as well: Eric Jenkins, a University of Cincinnati commit, had two of the team's four interceptions while Williams had one and deflected a pass to create the other.
For Antelope Valley, Shepherd completed 20 of 43 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran the ball 18 times for 71 yards (13 carries for 107 yards not counting quarterback sacks). Quajae Boutte ran the ball 12 times for 55 yards. Derek Denton caught 6 passes for 51 yards, both team-highs. Smith had 4 catches for 36 yards and 6 kickoff returns for 121 yards.
L.A. Valley Monarchs 45, Antelope Valley Marauders 27
Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 6 pm – Monarch Stadium, Valley Glen
American Division – Pacific Division
LA – Conner 49 yd run (Boyd kick) 13:15 (7-0)
LA – Wyche 67 yd run (Boyd kick) 10:28 (14-0)
AV – Shepherd 23 yd run (Augusta kick) 2:26 (14-7)
LA – Boudreaux 48 yd pass from Tyler (kick wide right) 0:00 (20-7)
LA – Ricks 17 yd pass from Tyler (kick blocked) 0:02 (26-7)
AV – Shepherd 1 yd run (Augusta kick) 1:59 (26-14)
LA – Wyche 3 yd run (run failed) 11:59 (32-14)
AV – C.Smith 16 yd pass from Shepherd (run failed) 5:41 (32-20)
AV – E.Martin 8 yd run (Augusta kick) 4:38 (32-27)
LA – Wyche 1 yd run (kick blocked) 2:22 (38-27)
LA – Conner 27 yd run (Boyd kick) 1:39 (45-27)
First Downs: LA Valley 23 (12 rush, 9 pass, 2 penalty), Antelope Valley 23 (11 rush, 9 pass, 3 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: LA Valley 45-328, Antelope Valley 36-145
Passing Yds: LA Valley 308, Antelope Valley 176
Comp-Att-Int: LA Valley 13-18-0, Antelope Valley 20-43-4
Return Yds: LA Valley 75, Antelope Valley 199
Sacks-Yds: LA Valley 5-36, Antelope Valley 0-0
Fumbles-Lost: LA Valley 1-1, Antelope Valley 0-0
Penalties-Yds: LA Valley 18-137, Antelope Valley 5-49
Time of Possession: LA Valley 29:58, Antelope Valley 30:02
Rushing: LA 21-Antoine Conner 17-170, 23-Anthony Wyche 15-101, 24-Bryant 8-41, 7-Tyler 4-17, team 1-(-1); AV 1-Shepherd 18-71, 22-Boutte 12-55, 13-E.Martin 3-18, 40-Brown 2-1, 31-Coleman 1-0
Passing: LA 7-Patrick Tyler 13-18-0-308, 2 TDs; AV 1-Blake Shepherd 20-43-4-176, 1 TD
Receiving: LA 89-Chris Phillips 4-152, 11-Ricks 4-73, 15-Boudreaux 2-50, 23-Wyche 2-23, 9-T.Jones 1-10; AV 18-Denton 6-51, 8-Cisneros 4-45, 2-Byers 4-43, 11-C.Smith 4-36, 10-Cheek 2-1
Interceptions-Ret Yds: LA 1-Eric Jenkins 2-0, 2-Williams 2-6, 20-Knight 1-0; AV none
Fum Rec-Ret Yds: LA none; AV 16-Berry 1-45
Sacks-Yds: LA 22-Walton 1-12, 49-Thomas 1-10, 27-Evans 1-9, 56-Cloud 1-3, 14-Edwards 1-2; AV none
Punters: LA 53-Boyd 3-34.3 avg; AV 98-Augusta 3-29.0 avg
Kick Returns: LA 4-Burgess 3-69; AV 11-C.Smith 6-121, 2-Byers 2-33
Punt Returns: none
Missed FG: LA 53-Boyd 28 yds (hit post); AV none
Notes: LA Valley entered 3-1, 1-0 in American-Pacific and ranked #4 in American-South. Antelope Valley entered 2-2, 0-1 in American Pacific and ranked #8 in American-South. LA's 2nd TD came one play after Williams' interception. Berry snatched the ball away from Ricks for the fumble recovery; he returned it to the LA 22 to set up AVC's 2nd TD. AVC tried an onsides kick after its 3rd TD and 4-Plousha recovered for the Marauders at the 50. AVC tried a pooch kick after its 4th TD but Boudreaux recovered for the Monarchs. On 3rd and 8 from the LA 35 Taylor completed a 64-yd pass to Phillips that kept the drive alive and set up the clinching TD. 27-Vereen blocked the ensuing XPA for AVC. Williams tipped the pass that Knight intercepted with 28 seconds left, allowing LA to run out the clock.