LA Valley Runs Past Glendale

LA Valley scored on its first 3 possessions of the game, and the defense and punter Ryan Donahue made it stand up in a 28-7 win over host Glendale (CA) on October 12th. The win moves Valley to 3-2, which equals their win total from 2001. Glendale falls to 2-3.

Valley took the early lead on the strength of their ground game, and seldom deviated from that strategy.  RB Willie Jackson rushed for 144 yds on 21 carries and scored the game's first TD on a 39-yd run.  When Jackson was forced to leave the game with an apparent ankle injury, in stepped Roger Daley, who ran 17 times for 81 yds and a TD.  In all, the Monarchs ran on 51 of 67 plays from scrimmage, amassing 260 yds on the ground.

Relying on the ground game helped the Monarchs avoid the turnover bug that proved such a problem in their loss to Santa Barbara (5 ints, 1 fumble) October 5th.  This week, Valley had no turnovers.  And QB Kevin Arbuckle had a very efficient day passing, going 8 of 15 passes for 82 yds, 2 TDs and no interceptions.

Meanwhile, Glendale committed 5 turnovers and had 4 other possessions end with dismal results from their special teams:  a blocked field goal attempt plus 3 punts of 10 yds or less.

Glendale got the game's first scoring opportunity when QB J.D. Ziska hit WR Del McGee with a 45-yd pass on the Vaqueros' first possession.  When the drive stalled, on came kicker Rafael Orellana for a 35-yd field goal attempt.  The kick, however, was low and was blocked at the line.  By the time the ball stopped bouncing and was covered, it was at the Glendale 44.

Three plays later, Jackson scored on a 39-yd run.

The next Glendale possession ended with a punt, but the Valley rush deflected the punt out of bounds after going just 2 yds beyond the line of scrimmage.

And Valley stuck with the ground game.  With Jackson on the sidelines getting a quick breather, Daley got his first carry of the day and ran 23 yds into the end zone for the score, making it 14-0.

After another Glendale punt – this one for 48 yds – Valley again gave the ball to Jackson and stuck with the ground game until they got to the Vaquero 10.  Then Arbuckle found Calvin Stuckey in the end zone and zipped the ball to him, making it 21-0.

It appeared Glendale was about to score on their next possession when WR Del McGee got behind the Monarch defense on a pass play.  But the ball bounced off McGee's hands and landed in the waiting arms of DB Amral Johnson for the interception.

McGee, however, was otherwise a bright spot for Glendale.  And he got a measure of revenge just before halftime when he snatched the ball away from a Valley defender and ran 59 yds for Glendale's only TD.  McGee finished the day with 4 catches for 118 yds.

In the second half, the defenses took over.  By the time the 4th quarter was half over, the teams had combined for 10 second half possessions which resulted in 8 punts, a missed FGA (by Valley) and a fumble (by Glendale).  And Valley still held a 21-7 lead.

The final score of the day came on a spectacular one-handed catch in the end zone by Valley's James Norris.  It came on a 23-yd Arbuckle pass with 7:29 left, making it 28-7 and clinching the win for the Monarchs.

For Valley, Donahue had an excellent day punting.  He averaged nearly 39 yds per kick and allowed Valley to keep Glendale in their own territory all day.  Of his 7 punts, the only one of less than 38 yds was a 25-yarder that went out of bounds at the Glendale 20.  And he allowed just 3 returns, totalling 10 yds.  He did, however, miss 3 long field goal attempts as the kicker.

For Glendale, Ziska finished 13 of 28 for 188 yds and a TD but also had 2 interceptions.  RB Kartrell Clayton led Vaquero rushers with 48 yds on 14 carries.  Punter Overturf averaged 42 yds per punt on the four punts he was able to kick cleanly, but the other three totalled 21 yds.  Those had some extenuating circumstances:  the first was partially deflected, the second came after a snap that bounced at least twice on the way and a third somehow found its way around rusher George Covington.

Saturday, October 12, 2002 - 1 p.m.
at Moyse Stadium (GHS), Glendale, CA
A Western State Conference (Mountain Division) Game

Los Angeles Valley College (Monarchs)  28
Glendale Community College  (Vaqueros)  7

1st Quarter:
V – Jackson 39 yd run (Donahue kick) 10:08   -- 7-0
V – Daley 23 yd run (Donahue kick) 5:36 -- 14-0

2nd Quarter:
V – Stuckey 10 yd pass from Arbuckle (Donahue kick) 12:45 -- 21-0
G – McGee 59 yd pass from Ziska (Gutierrez kick) 2:05 -- 21-7

3rd Quarter:
No Scoring

4th Quarter:
V – Norris 23 yd pass from Arbuckle (Donahue kick) 7:29 -- 28-7

Team Statistics: Glendale LA Valley
First Downs 14 (8 pass; 3 run; 3 pen) 19 (5 pass; 14 run)
Rushes – Yards 29-51 51-260
Passing Yards 238 82
Comp - Att – Int 16-31-2 8-16-0
Return Yards 63 79
Sacks – Yards 2-10 2-6
Fumbles – Lost 4-3 1-0
Penalties – Yards 8-55 9-90
Time of Possession 29:09 30:51

Individual Statistics:


G:  5-Clayton 14-48, 16-Latham 7-6, 6-Burwell 2-2, 10-Elize 1-0, 25-Meyer 1-0, 7-Ziska 3-(-1), 9-Freeman 1-(-4)
V:  23-Jackson 21-144, 28-Daley 17-61, 40-Fields 3-21, 34-Robinson 3-13, 7-Martinez 1-4, 1-Trent 1-0, 14-Arbuckle 5-(-3)


G:  7-Ziska 13-28-2-188, 1 TD; 9-Freeman 3-3-0-50 
V:  14-Arbuckle 8-15-0-82, 2 TDs; 28-Daley 0-1-0-0


G: 3-McGee 4-118, 2-Riley 4-34, 15-Nicholson 3-48, 10-Elize 1-20, 6-Burwell 1-8, 40-Williams 1-5, 80-Fields 1-4, 4-Catchings 1-1
V:  5-Norris 4-44, 85-Stuckey 2-13, 1-Trent 1-16, 28-Daley 1-9


G:  30-Overturf 7-27.0 avg
V:  22-Donahue 7-38.8 avg

Kick Ret:

G:  24-Lipscomb 2-37, 3-McGee 1-16
V:  6-Alberty 1-26, 1-Trent 1-11

Punt Ret:

G:  17-Holt 3-10
V:  5-Norris 2-10

Int-Ret Yds:

G:  none
V:  3-Johnson 1-0, 24-Brown 1-14

Fumble Rec-Yds:

G:  none
V:  2-Ray 1-0, 59-Carter 1-0, 44-Mason 1-18


G 2:  64-Southern 1-6, 81-Lovejoy 1-4
V 2:  55-Emelio 1-4, 2-Ray 1-2

Missed FG:

G:  47-Orellana 35 yds (blocked)
V:  22-Donahue 52 yds (sh), 45 yds (wl), 47 yds (wr)


Both teams entered 2-2.  Glendale entered ranked #20 in South; Valley entered ranked #22. Glendale drove to the VC 18 on their first drive of the game but their FGA was blocked.  Valley ended up getting the ball on the GC 44 and scored 3 plays later.  Overturf had 3 very short punts of 10 yds or less.  The first was partially deflected; Daley's TD came after that.  The second came after the snap skipped along the ground to him.  The third was nearly blocked Covington but somehow wasn't.  Donahue had no punts shorter than 38 yds except a 25-yd try for the coffin corner that went out at the GC 20.  McGee deflected the ball into the air that Johnson intercepted, but got some revenge later in the quarter when he snatched the ball out of a Monarch defender's hands on his TD reception.  Jackson left the game in the 3rd qtr with an apparent rt ankle/foot injury.  Norris' TD catch came on a spectacular one-handed grab in the end zone.

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