LA Valley runs past Bakersfield

Roger Daley rushed for 149 yards to lead a strong Valley running attack as the Monarchs topped Bakersfield, 26-13, November 2nd at Valley College. Valley scored 19 points in the second quarter to take control of the game, and the Monarch defense held Bakersfield to just 98 yards rushing on the afternoon.

The first quarter saw Bakersfield take the lead.  After Valley took the opening kickoff and drove INTo Renegade territory, Michael Scott of BC intercepted a Kevin Arbuckle pass, giving Bakersfield the ball at their own 14-yard line.  Just over 3 minutes later, Nathan Baker put Bakersfield on the board on a 50-yard run on a quarterback draw.  The extra point, however, was blocked by Travis Bass, keeping the score 6-0.

The second quarter, however, belonged to Valley.  It began with a Bakersfield punt that was fielded by James Norris at the 50.  A bone-jarring hit by Craig Chisholm helped spring Norris for a 15-yard return, giving the Valley offense the ball at the BC 35.  The offense netted just 6 yards in 3 plays, but Ryan Donahue nailed a 46-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 6-3.

After another Renegade punt, Roger Daley put Valley in scoring position with a 53-yard run on which he ran over BC linebacker Duane Uhatafe.  The drive stalled inside the 5, however, and Valley had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Donahue, which tied the game 6-6.

The Monarch defense forced another punt, and the next time Valley got the ball they would not have to settle for a field goal.  Anthony Robinson's 37-yard run down the right sideline, during which he leapfrogged over fallen LB Kevin Byrd, gave VC a 12-6 lead.  Curiously, the Monarchs elected to go for a 2-point conversion, a strategy that was foiled when Byrd sacked Arbuckle, knocking the ball loose and keeping the score 12-6.

Then it was the Valley defense's turn to score.  Turmarian Moreland intercepted a Nathan Baker pass at the BC 42 and headed down the left sideline until he was surrounded near the 20.  Then, Moreland cut across the field all the way to the right sideline and dove into the right corner of the end zone for the score.  The spectacular run (plus Donahue's extra point kick) gave Valley a 19-6 halftime lead.

Each team punted twice to start the second half before Bakersfield scored to draw within 6 points.  Baker teamed with Kenny Jackson on a 10-yard scoring pass to cap a drive that was kept alive by three 15-yard penalties on Valley.  The extra point made it 19-13 with 1:43 left in the 3rd quarter.

After each team punted yet again, Valley scored again to restore their 13-point lead.  After a missed 48-yard field goal attempt was nullified by a running into the kicker penalty, Valley continued their drive until Daley scored from 14 yards out with 5:36 left. 

Bakersfield had one last chance to make it close, but were turned away on 4th down at the VC 3-yard line with 2:03 remaining, clinching the win for Valley.

In addition to Daley's 149 yards, Valley got strong contributions from Robinson (11 carries for 68 yards and a TD) and 270-lb FB Aaron Oskian (5 carries for 25 yards) and finished with 241 yards on the ground.  The defense limited BC to just 98 yards rushing, and over half of that total came on Baker's 1st-quarter TD run.  They also registered 4 sacks, with DE Rashaad Goodrum getting credit for 2 of them.  DL Travis Bass, who spent much of the afternoon in the Bakersfield backfield, had half a sack and blocked an XPA.  James Norris had 2 punt returns and managed 15 yards on each.

For Bakersfield, Baker finished 16 of 36 for 155 yards passing and rushed 13 times for 55 yards and had a hand in both BC touchdowns.  Jason Garcia caught 5 passes for 59 yards to lead all receivers.  But Josh Lopes was held to just 13 yards on 5 carries and didn't carry the ball in the second half.

Valley moves to 4-3 on the season while Bakersfield falls to 3-4.

Saturday, November 2, 2002 - 1 p.m.
at Monarch Stadium (LAVC), Valley Glen, CA

A Western State Conference (Mountain Division) Game

L.A. Valley College (Monarchs)  26
Bakersfield College  (Renegades)  13

1st Quarter:

B – Baker 50 yard run (kick blocked) 6:38 -- 0-6

2nd Quarter:

V – FG Donahue 46 yards 12:32 -- 3-6
V – FG Donahue 20 yards 7:10 -- 6-6
V – Robinson 37 yard run (run failed) 3:00 -- 12-6
V – Moreland 42 yard interception return (Donahue kick) -- 19-6  

3rd Quarter:

B – Jackson 10 yard pass from Baker (Barthelmes kick) 1:43 -- 19-13

4th Quarter:

V – Daley 14 yard run (Donahue kick) 5:36 -- 26-13

Team Statistics: LA Valley Bakersfield
First Downs 14 (3 pass; 9 run; 2 pen) 21 (10 pass; 6 run; 5 pen)
Rushes – Yards 45-241 29-98
Passing Yards 55 155
Comp - Att – INT 5-9-1 16-37-2
Return Yards 102 95
Sacks – Yards 4-24 1-10
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties – Yards 10-77 5-34
Time of Possession 32:34 27:26

Individual Statistics:

Rushing:

V:  21-R.Daley 23-149, 34-A.Robinson 11-68, 42-Oskian 5-25, 5-Norris 1-3, 6-Alberty 1-3, 7-R.Martinez 1-3, 14-Arbuckle 3-(-10)
B:  5-Baker 13-55, 14-Mitchell 8-26, 20-Jo.Lopes 5-13, 40-Hronis 2-6, 24-Lee 1-(-2)

Passing:

V:  14-Arbuckle 5-9-1-55    
B:  5-Baker 16-36-2-155, 1 TD; 18-Heimiller 0-1-0-0

Receiving:

V:  85-Stuckey 2-24, 5-Norris 2-10, 1-Trent 1-21
B:  80-Garcia 5-59, 1-Jackson 3-26, 10-Cooper 3-21, 85-Gamboni 2-18, 7-Arrenaviz 1-16, 89-L.Mitchel 1-13, 40-Hronis 1-12

Punters:

V:  9-Silver 5-31.2 avg
B:  85-Gamboni 4-31.5 avg; 32-Tramaglino 2-26.0 avg

Kick Ret:

V:  5-Norris 1-20, 88-Whitaker 1-10
B:  14-Mitchell 1-15, 40-Hronis 1-15

Punt Ret:

V:  5-Norris 2-30
B:  2-Miller 1-2, 7-Arrenaviz 1-0

INT-Ret Yards:

V:  29-Moreland 2-42
B:  30-Scott 1-0

Fumble Rec-Yards:

V:  57-Pizarro 1-0
B:  none

Sacks:

V 4:  32-Goodrum 2, 57-Pizarro, 33-George ½, 90-Bass ½
B 1:  70-Uhatafe  

Notes: Both teams entered 3-3.  Valley was ranked #19 in South; Bakersfield was ranked #17. BC's 1st TD came after Scott's INT stopped VC's first offensive drive at the BC 14.  VC's 1st FG came after punt ret by Norris gave VC the ball at the BC 35.  A huge hit by Chisholm of VC helped spring Norris. VC's 2nd FG was set up by a 53-yard run by Daley on which he ran over Uhatafe. Each team's second-half TD drive was kept alive by a roughing/running into kicker penalty. BC had a 74-yard TD pass to Mitchell called back on lineman downfield penalty in late 1st qtr.  Bass blocked BC's 1st XPA. Byrd sacked Arbuckle to stop the VC 2-pt XPA. 


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