LANCASTER—Andrae Perry ran for 187 yards and two touchdowns to lead Chaffey to a 29-7 win at Antelope Valley in a Foothill Conference game on Saturday night.
"Andrae came alive tonight and showed that he's got some speed," said Chaffey coach Carl Beach. "Our offensive line wore them down and it started to show in the second half."
If not for a broken play the Panthers may have posted their first shutout of the season, but still limited the how-powered Marauders to only one touchdown.
For most of the first half both teams struggled to move the ball and get points on the board. Chaffey (4-0, 1-0) took a 3-0 lead with 2:04 left in the first quarter as Zack Bussey drilled a 42-yard field goal.
The Panthers increased their lead to 9-0 with 5:32 remaining in the first half as John Bogarin ran in for a 3-yard score off left tackle.
Antelope Valley (3-1, 0-1) cut the Panthers lead to 9-7 on a broken play with 4:10 left in the second quarter. With a first down at the Panthers 28, Antelope Valley quarterback Jeff Williams lined up in the shot gun formation. The hike sailed over his head and when he scrambled to pick up the ball he kicked it backwards. Marauders running back DeAndra Cobb picked up the ball on his own 27, juked the Chaffey defenders and raced down the left sideline for a spectacular touchdown run.
"Antelope Valley has a lot of weapons, which got to us a little bit," said Beach. "We didn't have the wheels to catch Cobb."
The Marauders ran the option and a spread offense to try and utilize their speed. But the Panthers used their quickness on the outside to pressure the Marauders and record eight quarterback sacks.
Chaffey responded by putting up another trey on the board as Bussey booted a 51-yard field goal with 7 seconds left in the half to give the Panthers a 12-7 lead. Beach said the long field goal knocked the stuffing out of the Marauders.
Chaffey padded its lead to 19-7 as Perry scored the first of his two touchdowns from 2-yards out, with 5:30 left in the third quarter.
With 14:51 left in the game Bussey kicked a 25-yard field goal to pad the lead to 22-9. Later in the quarter Bussey, as the punter, kept a drive going by running six yards for a first down from the Panthers 11.
"Bussey went on his own and he's pretty sneaky that way," said Beach. "He's been told if he sees an opening, he's got the green light."
Antelope Valley took the kickoff and marched 78 yards on 12 plays with a fourth-and-goal from the Panthers 2. Chaffey's defense rose to the challenge, stopping Antelope Valley's Vaeontraye Hughes with no gain.
"Our defense is getting better and better," said Beach. "It's been a year since we made a goal line stand like that and we've only had a couple since I came here in 1996."
In the fourth quarter the Panthers offensive line started to wear down the Marauders defenders as Bogarin and Perry ate up huge chunks of yards. Perry galloped 31 yards early in the fourth quarter. A 44-yard run by Perry set up his second touchdown from 2 yards out with 2:04 left in the game to increase the Panthers lead to 29-7.
"Our offense was finally able to play four quarters, especially the offensive line," said Beach. "The defense came alive, too."
Chaffey 29, Antelope Valley 7
Chaffey 3 9 7 10 - 29
AV 0 7 0 0 - 7
Chaffey – Bussey FG 42
Chaffey – Bogarin 3 run (run failed)
AV – Cobb 28 run (Duarte kick)
Chaffey – Bussey FG 51
Chaffey – Perry 2 run (Palmer kick)
Chaffey – Bussey FG 25
Chaffey – Perry 2 run
Rushing: Chaffey, Perry 21-187, Bogarin 18-109, Bussey 1-7, Disney 5-(-5), Rogers 1-(-7), Allen 2-(-12); AV, Allred 14-51, Cobb 8-45, J. Anderson 5-35, Hughes 6-28, Monroe 1-(-1), Williams 3-(-30).
Passing: Chaffey, Disney 10-19-0-99, Rogers 6-10-1-94; AV, 7-14-0-111, Williams 2-2-0-26.
Receiving: Chaffey, King 2-54, Cockheran 5-52, L. Anderson 3-25, Allen 3-22, Madison 1-17, Costanzo 1-14, Bogarin 1-9; AV, Eggerth 6-69, Hughes 2-24, J. Anderson 1-22, Stewart 1-18, Cobb 1-16