Antelope Valley Puts Reedley Down

After several years of "Air Carder," AVC may well be moving back to the days of what head coach Brent Carder, considered by many to be Mr. Marauder Football, calls "Marauder Football" -- hard nosed offense with a styfling defense. That was in evidence when the Marauder quarterback sparked the game's comeback on the ground.

Dion hit DeAndre Day on the second play of the Marauders' first possession for a 27 yard pass to give the Marauders the lead.

The Marauders defense -- which boasts eight starters from last season -- was given nearly impossible field position early, as Reedley reeled off 17 straight points. First, a Snary Dorce punt return put the ball on the two and the Tigers scored on the next play. Then a Eric Shyne interception ended on the five, but the Tigers had to settle for a field goal.

With just 1:33 in the first half, Reedley put together its only drive of the night, with Terry Mayo hitting Lamar Hughes to cap a 64 yard drive and give the Tigers a 17-7 halftime lead.

The second half saw the Marauder defense, which allowed only one yard of rushing offense and had six sacks in the game, tighten to the point where it caused three Tiger turnovers, including two interceptions. In fact, from the 5:22 mark in the third quarter, when Dion scored on a 17 yard keeper after a Tiger fumble, the AVC defense ended the Reedley offensive series with a punt, interception, interception and punt.

The Marauders scored after the second interception put them on the 34, as Dion threaded the needle twice to Dusten Stowe for first downs, then kept the ball himself from five yards out.

His biggest play, however, may have come when on third down with the Marauders attempting to run out the clock, Dion rolled left, was nearly sacked and broke out of two defenders' grasps to reverse field and pick up the first down with just over a minute to go and Reedley without any time outs.


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