LA Valley (9-0, 4-0) amassed 602 yards of offense and scored the final 33 points of the game to wrap up at least a tie for the American Division's Metro Conference championship, and now stands as the last undefeated team in Southern California.
Albrecht scored Valley's first touchdown on a 25-yard run in the first half and added scoring runs of 12, 6 and 6 again in the second half. Jorgensen, meanwhile, completed 23 of 37 passes, throwing two touchdown passes to Chris Phillips and one each to Ahkil Crumpton and Terrell Flanigan.
Still, Citrus (4-5, 1-3) stayed close into the second half. The Owls trailed, 28-24, at the break, and drove deep into Monarch territory after taking the second half kickoff. That's when the key play of the game occurred, changing the energy and the momentum of the game.
On first and goal, Citrus' Devin Floyd appeared to fumble, and Valley's Taylor Manuel appeared to recover the rolling ball with nothing but 90 yards of field turf between him and the end zone. But officials ruled that there had been an inadvertent whistle, which negated the play in its entirety, giving Citrus the ball once again with a 1st and goal opportunity.
Despite the tough break, Valley used the play to become energized, throwing Floyd for a 5-yard loss on the next play. Then a false start penalty pushed Citrus back to the 11. After an incomplete pass and a 2-yard pass from quarterback Brian Meyette to Abel Morales, the Owls settled for a 27-yard field goal by Carlos Benites to make it 28-27.
The Owls never scored again. Meanwhile, Valley scored touchdowns on each of its next 5 possessions, taking complete control of the game. The Monarchs' final touchdown came when backup quarterback Simon Whitehead, who is also the team's punter, threw a 94-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Dimitri Akenten along the left sideline with 3:28 to play.
Citrus scored the game's first touchdown when Floyd scored on a 3-yard run. Floyd added a 71-yard touchdown run later in the second quarter to tie the score at 14, and had 186 rushing yards in the first half. But the Monarch defense held him to just 8 yards on 8 carries in the second half.
Albrecht led all rushers with his 213 yards, which came on 25 carries. Jorgensen and Whitehead combined for 402 yards passing, giving Valley 602 yards of offense and 30 first downs for the game. Jeremiah Lorick had 6 catches for 60 yards while Phillips had 3 catches for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns.
For Citrus, Floyd finished with 186 rushing yards on 20 carries, scoring twice. Meyette completed 21 of 38 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. Henry Tarin caught 7 passes for 106 yards to lead all receivers.
The win moves LA Valley to 4-0 in conference play. The Monarchs travel to Santa Barbara Saturday to take on the Vaqueros, who are 3-1 in the American Pacific. Game time is 1 pm.
L.A. Valley Monarchs 61
Citrus Owls 27
Saturday, November 5, 2016 – 6 pm – Monarch Stadium, Valley Glen
American Division – Pacific Conference
C – Floyd 3 yd run (Benites kick) 10:33 (0-7)
V – Albrecht 25 yd run (Oliveros kick) 8:18 (7-7)
V – Crumpton 56 yd pass from Jorgensen (Oliveros kick) 1:39 (14-7)
C – Floyd 71 yd run (Benites kick) 0:02 (14-14)
V – Phillips 3 yd pass from Jorgensen (Oliveros kick) 11:43 (21-14)
V – Flanigan 13 yd pass from Jorgensen (Oliveros kick) 7:19 (28-14)
C – Lua 38 yd pass from Meyette (Benites kick) 4:48 (28-21)
C – FG Benites 27 yds 0:29 (28-24)
C – FG Benites 27 yds 10:18 (28-27)
V – Phillips 57 yd pass from Jorgensen (Oliveros kick) 5:30 (35-27)
V – Albrecht 12 yd run (Oliveros kick) 0:47 (42-27)
V – Albrecht 6 yd run (kick wide left – bad snap) 13:03 (48-27)
V – Albrecht 6 yd run (kick wide right – partially blocked) 5:22 (54-27)
V – Akenten 94 yd pass from Whitehead (Gonzalez kick) 3:28 (61-27)
First Downs: LA Valley 30 (12 rush, 16 pass, 2 penalty), Citrus 21 (6 rush, 11 pass, 4 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: LA Valley 31-200, Citrus 37-230
Passing Yds: LA Valley 402, Citrus 266
Comp-Att-Int: LA Valley 24-38-1, Citrus 24-44-1
Return Yds: LA Valley 177, Citrus 199
Sacks-Yds: LA Valley 3-18, Citrus 0-0
Fumbles-Lost: LA Valley 3-1, Citrus 0-0
Penalties-Yds: LA Valley 11-110, Citrus 7-66
Time of Possession: LA Valley 24:28, Citrus 35:32
Rushing: V 22-Darian Albrecht 25-213, 34-Laurent 3-4, 32-Alecia 1-(-2), 2-Jorgensen 2-(-15); C 26-Devin Floyd 20-194, 18-Meyette 8-19, 3-Morales 5-12, 2-LeBar 1-5, 8-Carney 1-2, 21-Williams 1-(-1), team 1-(-1)
Passing: V 2-Christian Jorgensen 23-37-1-308, 4 TDs; 17-Whitehead 1-1-0-94, 1 TD; C 18-Brian Meyette 21-38-0-250, 1 TD; 2-LaBar 3-5-0-16; 88-Benites 0-1-1-0
Receiving: V 83-Lorick 6-60, 88-James 5-46, 11-Chris Phillips 3-80, 25-Crumpton 3-75, 19-Mattingly 2-23, 15-Akenten 1-94, 89-Flanigan 1-13, 33-Lydon 1-10, 84-Greenaway 1-6, 34-Laurent 1-(-5); C 11-Henry Tarin 7-106, 7-Manuel Lua 6-83, 80-Bassett 2-29, 19-Sternquist 2-14, 3-Morales 2-2, 5-Bystry 1-11, 82-Hunt 1-10, 1-Long 1-8
Sacks-Yds: V 21-Gunt 1-7, 35-Manuel 1-6, 54-Perez 1-5; C none
Interceptions-Ret Yds: V 1-Sewell 1-2; C 24-Leon 1-4
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: V none; C 17-Cavaness 1-0
Punters: V 17-Whitehead 3-37.7 avg; C 88-Benites 4-37.3 avg
Kick Returns: V 26-Washington 4-96, 25-Crumpton 2-76; C 21-Williams 6-88, 3-Morales 4-103
Punt Returns: V 26-Washington 1-3; C 11-Tarin 1-5, 6-Pigee 1-(-1)
Missed FG: Vnone; C 88-Benites 22 yds (hit left upright)
Notes: LA Valley improves to 9-0 overall – the last unbeaten team in SoCal – and 4-0 in conference play. LAVC entered ranked #1 in the American Division. Citrus entered t-#8 in the American Division and falls to 4-5, 1-3. Benites' pass attempt came on a fake punt play; Sewell intercepted for Valley. Early in the 3rd Citrus had 1st and goal from the 1 when Floyd appeared to fumble with Manuel recovering for Valley; the play was negated by an inadvertent whistle. But an inspired Valley defense made Citrus settle for a FG and the Owls never scored again.