Rathe Leads Mesa Past Antelope Valley, 45-7

Michael Rathe threw for 221 yds and 3 TDs (bring his California-leading total to 21 on the season) to lead San Diego Mesa past host Antelope Valley, 45-7, on October 19th.

Rathe finished the day 15 of 23 and without an interception before leaving the game after the third quarter, by which time the Olympians had a 45-0 lead. Keyone St. John led the running attack with 100 yards and a TD on 16 carries.   Justin Green added 80 yards on 12 carries and also had a 35-yard TD among his 2 pass receptions. In all, the Mesa offense rolled up 498 yards of total offense, including 277 on the ground (210 in the first half), and 29 first downs. And they scored 45 points.

Mesa scored on its very first possession, and led the rest of the way. Green had 4 runs of at least 11 yards to put Mesa in position to score, but it was Anthony Caldwell who carried the ball into the end zone from 1 yard out to give Mesa the lead just 4:30 into the game.

After an AVC fumble on a handoff, Mesa again drove deep into Marauder territory.   However, the AVC defense stiffened just in time and kept the Olympians from scoring. The goal line stand gave AVC the ball at their own 1-yard line.

However, the AVC offense was soon forced to punt, giving Mesa another chance to score.   And this time they did, with Caldwell again carrying the ball over the goal line, this time from 2 yards out. That gave Mesa a 14-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter.

Kevin May gave Mesa its next chance to score when he intercepted a Jamar Culver pass and returned it to the AVC 45.   On the Olympians next play from scrimmage, they used a trick play where RB/WR Shawn Corley lined up at QB and took the snap.   He then darted around the AVC defenders and downfield for a 44-yard gain.   On the next play, Rathe re-entered the game and handed the ball to St. John, who scored from 1 yard out.

Mesa's final first-half score came on a 19-yard pass from Rathe to Jon Quisenberry with 2:19 left.   A pass from Rathe to Corley gave Mesa a 2-point conversion, making it 28-0.

AVC had a chance to get on the board late in the half as they drove deep into Mesa territory, but came away empty.   They got the ball to the Olympian 7, but only 2 seconds remained.   On came Carlos Nunez to try a 24-yard field goal.   But the kick was wide right, leaving the score 28-0 at the half.

Mesa got the ball to start the second half, and their drive ended at the AVC 5.   Then Blake Moorman came on to kick a 22-yard field goal, extending the lead to 31-0. Another Rathe scoring pass to Quisenberry, this one from 6 yards out, made it 38-0 later in the quarter.

Mesa's final score came after Jason Parker blocked a Nunez punt. The ball came to rest at the AVC 11. After a penalty and a sack, Mesa was pushed back to the 35-yard line.   But Rathe tossed a shovel pass to Green, who rambled down the left sideline and into the end zone to make it 45-0.

AVC finally got on the board on a 29-yard pass from Culver to Jason Smith on 4th down on the first play of the 4th quarter.  

The Mesa defense registered 7 sacks (for 36 yards), led by Paul Howse's 2-1/2, and held AVC to just 3 first downs in the first half.   They also forced 3 turnovers (in addition to the punt block) and held AVC to only 44 yards rushing on 26 carries on the afternoon.   Tyrone Mills had the other interception.   Frank Parker led Mesa receivers with 4 catches for 70 yards.   Jon Quisenberry had just 3 catches for 37 yards, but 2 of them were for TDs.

Antelope Valley had several players put up impressive statistics despite the one-sided score.   WR Jerome Wright had 8 catches for 131 yards plus 81 yards on returns and a 5-yard run.  He also had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown called back on a penalty. WR Jason Smith also had 8 catches (for 87 yards), and he had the Marauders' only TD.   QB Jamar Culver finished 23 of 40 for 295 yards and a TD but also had 2 interceptions and a fumble. Many of AVC's yards came long after the outcome of the game had been decided.

Saturday, October 19, 2002 - 3 p.m.
at Marauder Stadium (AVC), Lancaster, CA
A Foothill Conference Game

San Diego Mesa College (Olympians) 45
Antelope Valley College (Marauders)   7

1st Quarter:
M – Caldwell 1 yard run (Moorman kick) 10:30 -- 7-0

2nd Quarter:
M – Caldwell 2 yard run (Moorman kick) 13:48 -- 14-0
M – St. John 1 yard run (kick hit right post) 7:12 -- 20-0
M – Quisenberry 19 yard pass from Rathe (Corley pass from Rathe) 2:19 -- 28-0  

3rd Quarter:
M – FG Moorman 22 yards 10:15 -- 31-0
M – Quisenberry 6 yard pass from Rathe (Moorman kick) 5:18 -- 38-0
M – Green 35 yard pass from Rathe (Moorman kick) 2:36 -- 45-0

4th Quarter:
AV – J.Smith 29 yard pass from Culver (Nunez kick) 14:55 -- 45-7

Team Statistics: Antelope Valley San Diego Mesa
First Downs 17 (11 pass; 4 run; 2 pen) 29 (12 pass; 15 run; 2 pen)
Rushes – Yards 26-44 42-277
Passing Yards 295 221
Comp - Att – Int 23-40-2 15-26-0
Return Yards 116 120
Sacks – Yards 1-8 7-36
Fumbles - Lost 3-1 1-0
Penalties – Yards 4-25 12-97
Time of Possession 26:45 33:15

Individual Statistics:

AV: 6-Mitchell 9-38, 20-B.Washington 1-29, 5-J.Wright 1-5, 24-Wallace 5-(-3), 12-Culver 10-(-25)
M: 6-St. John 16-100, 21-Green 12-80, 2-Corley 2-45, 31-J.Parker 4-25, 40-B.Hall 2-16, 5-Rathe 2-4, 23-Caldwell 3-4, 34-L.Lawrence 1-3

AV: 12-Culver 23-40-2-295, 1 TD
M: 5-Rathe 15-23-0-221, 3 TDs; 1-Moorman 0-3-0-0

AV: 5-J.Wright 8-131, 84-J.Smith 8-87, 7-J.Laurence 2-27, 2-R.Smith 2-17, 43-Guy 2-17, 80-Stutson 1-16
M: 4-F.Parker 4-70, 82-Quisenberry 3-37, 21-Green 2-45, 2-Corley 1-24, 34-L.Lawrence 1-16, 17-C.Johnson 1-12, 15-Isedore 1-10, 86-Yates 1-5, 40-B.Hall 1-2

AV: 25-Nunez 3-42.3 avg + 1 blk; 10-Rivera 1-33
M: 84-P.Hall 3-35.0 avg

Kick Ret:
AV: 5-J.Wright 3-52, 15-Mejia 2-35, 17-Ballard 1-0
M: 2-Corley 1-22

Punt Ret:
AV: 5-J.Wright 3-29
M: 2-Corley 3-48

Fumble Rec-yards:
AV: none
M: 47-Vella 1-0

AV: 15-Mejia 1
M:  99-Howse 2½, 11-S.Price 1, 58-M.Price 1, 95-Burgess 1, 96-A.Smith 1, 90-Holtorf ½

Missed FG:
AV: Nunez 24 yards (wr)

Notes: Mesa entered 2-3, 1-2 in League. AVC entered 1-4, 1-2 in League. J. Parker blocked the punt, which set up Mesa's final TD.   Their 3rd TD came 2 plays after May's int and 1 play after a direct snap to Corley netted a 44-yard gain.  Mesa drove to the AVC 1 late in 1st qtr but the Marauder defense held (that time). AVC drove to the Mesa 7 with 2 secs left in the first half and tried a FG, which was wide. Wright had a 73-yard punt return for TD called back on a penalty. Rivera's punt was a 33-yarder that went out of bounds at the Mesa 4.   Mesa had 21 first downs in the first half while AVC had just 3.   Mesa scored 6 TDs and a FG on their 1st 9 possessions.

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