The Rams came into the game leading the Foothill Conference in passing, but against AVC they focused on the running game, piling up 322 yards on the ground en route to the easy win. Newton led all rushers, but he was just one of several productive Victor Valley running backs. Dexter Guidry (PHOTO UPPER LEFT) added 52 yards on 8 carries, while DaShawn Davis had 70 yards including a 58-yard touchdown run for Victor Valley's final score. Zerrick McIntosh also scored a touchdown while rushing for 38 yards, and Quinsean Ellis had 39 yards on 7 carries.
Still, the Antelope Valley defense played fairly well, especially early in the game. Victor Valley's first drive of the game ended at the Marauder 16 after Newton was stopped short on a 4th down play. And despite each team having the ball 3 times, the first quarter ended with the score still 0-0.
But the Antelope Valley offense was unable to muster any type of threat all evening, generating just 74 yards and 4 first downs in the game. Half of those first downs, and nearly half of those yards, came on back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter, by which time the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt.
Victor Valley scored the game's first touchdown with 10:17 left in the first half when the Rams took advantage of a short (8-yard) punt by AVC's Matthew Valentino. Three plays later, Newton scored from 10 yards out to make it 7-0. And the next time Victor Valley got the ball, the Rams drove 55 yards in 10 plays, pushing their lead to 14-0 on a Newton's second touchdown run of the game, this one coming from 2 yards out.
When the second half began, Victor Valley put together a 6-play, 65-yard drive that ended when Michael Woods threw an 10-yard touchdown pass to Jahan Jones. That made it 21-0, and at the time Antelope Valley had just one first down on the afternoon.
In the fourth quarter, Victor Valley extended its lead to 34-0. After Anthony Daniels recovered an AVC fumble at the Marauder 18, McIntosh scored on a 4-yard run to cap a short 6-play drive. And late in the quarter, Davis broke off a dazzling 58-yard run down the left sideline for the Rams' fifth and final touchdown of the game.
With the win, Victor Valley improves its record to 6-0, which is the best record in the Foothill Conference. The Rams will host Southwestern next Saturday before hosting pre-season favorite and defending national champion Grossmont October 21st.
For Antelope Valley, the streak of misery continues; it's the Marauders' 22nd straight loss, dating back to 2004. It's also AVC' second consecutive shutout loss, and they've been outscored 171-28 for the season. AVC will travel to San Bernardino Valley next week, and will return home to play Desert on November 4th in a match-up of teams currently still looking for their first win of the season.
Victor Valley Rams 34 Antelope Valley Marauders 0
Saturday, October 7, 2006 – 5:15 pm – Marauder Stadium –
Lancaster - Foothill Conference
V – Newton 10 yd run (Hoegerl kick) 10:28 (7-0)
V – Newton 2 yd run (Hoegerl kick) 3:27 (14-0)
V – Jones 11 yd pass from Woods (Hoegerl kick) 9:19 (21-0)
V – McIntosh 4 yd run (Hoegerl kick) 13:40 (28-0)
V – Davis 58 yd
run (run failed – bad snap on kick attempt) 6:34 (34-0)
First Downs: Antelope Valley 4 (2 rush, 1 pass, 1 penalty), Victor Valley 18 (13 rush, 5 pass)
Rushes-Yds: Antelope Valley 28-45, Victor Valley 48-322
Passing Yds: Antelope Valley 29, Victor Valley 56
Comp-Att-Int: Antelope Valley 5-7-0, Victor Valley 7-18-1
Return Yds: Antelope Valley 70, Victor Valley 92
Sacks-Yds: Antelope Valley 2-5, Victor Valley 2-6
Fumbles-Lost: Antelope Valley 4-3, Victor Valley 4-0
Penalties-Yds: Antelope Valley 2-10, Victor Valley 13-90
Time of Possession: Antelope Valley 23:08, Victor Valley 36:52
Rushing: AV 24-Littlejohn 8-19, 8-Hansen 5-18, 20-Kostopoulos 7-11, 33-Blackstone 5-3, 23-Castro 1-1, 18-Moncrief 2-(-7); VV 26-Newton 15-105, 34-Davis 3-70, 9-Guidry 8-52, 21-Ellis 7-39, 15-McIntosh 7-38, 11-Woods 5-11, 22-Starling 2-9, team 1-(-2)
Passing: AV 8-Hansen 5-7-0-29; VV 11-Woods 7-17-1-56, 1 TD; team 0-1-0-0
Receiving: AV 5-Green 3-16, 15-McDaniel 1-12, 93-G.Baker 1-1; VV 1-Jones 3-36, 18-A.Baker 2-10, 81-Berry 1-10, 26-Newton 1-0
Interceptions-Ret Yds: AV 19-Gordon 1-21; VV none
Fumble Recoveries: AV none; VV 97-Daniels 2, ???
Sacks-Yds: AV 50-Cambaliza 1-4, 92-Troffer 1-1; VV 60-Carter 1-5, 8-Griffin 1-1
Punters: AV 13-Valentino 8-28.4 avg; VV 13-Gonzales 4-36.3 avg
Kick Returns: AV 3-Murphy 4-22, 6-Patterson 1-8; VV 6-Carraway 2-45
Punt Returns: AV 3-Murphy 2-19; VV 6-Carroway 3-47
Notes: Victor Valley entered #9 in South and this win improves its record to 6-0. Antelope Valley falls to 0-6 and has now lost 22 straight games over the last 3 seasons. It's also AVC's second straight shutout loss. VVC entered the game averaging a conference-high 234 yards per game passing, but they obviously focused on the running game tonight even though top RB Antoine Randolph missed the game due to injury. It was Hansen's first start at QB for AVC, replacing injured regular starter Robby Jenkins (who was inj. last week in AVC's 31-0 loss to Mt. San Jacinto). AVC didn't get a first down until late in the 2nd quarter. Daniels recovered the first two fumbles; not sure who recovered the last one but Carter caused it (on his sack). VVC now leads this cross-desert rivalry, 16-5; AVC won the first 16 match-ups, VVC the last 5.