#1 Mt. SAC Lowers Boom on Victor Valley

Nick Lamaison completed 26 of 38 passes for 311 yards and #1-ranked Mt. San Antonio exploded for 30 points in a six-minute span of the second quarter, breaking open what had been a close game and romping to a 61-14 thrashing of host Victor Valley in the season opener on September 4.

Lamaison, who redshirted at Tennessee last season after starring at Mt. SAC in 2008, looked as he'd never been away.  He completed passes to nine different receivers and racked up all 311 yards before halftime.  By then, Mt. SAC had a comfortable 44-7 lead, so Lamaison never went back into the game in the second half.

This game was actually close well into the second quarter.  Both offenses sputtered a bit early, exchanging punts and turnovers, before Marcus Wagner got Mt. SAC on the board with a 2-yard scoring run to cap a 17-play drive on the Mounties' third possession of the afternoon.  The Mt. SAC defense kept Victor Valley from answering, and Lamaison threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ernst Brun to cap a 10-play drive just less than three minutes into the second quarter to make it 14-0.

But then Victor Valley put together a drive, gaining its initial first down of the game on a 12-yard run by Cameron Abeene and driving all the way to the Mt. SAC 5-yard line.  But a 9-yard sack by Vaikalafi Lutui - one of nine sacks by Mt. SAC on the day - pushed the ball back to the 15.  Then on fourth down, Brandon Romero's 32-yard field goal try missed badly, leaving the score 14-0 with 7:17 left in the second quarter.

And then the floodgates opened for Mt. SAC.   Lamaison led a most impressive drive, completing five of six passes for 74 yards on the next six plays, just moving the team right down the field.  Then he gave way to Bryce McBride, who lined up in the wildcat formation, took the snap and ran the ball the final six yards to give the Mounties a 21-0 lead with 5:40 left in the quarter. 

But that was just the beginning.  VVC had to punt after a 10-yard sack by Kjae Vaifale, and Joey Martinez' kick went only 25 yards to the VVC 35.  Then came a quick, 3-play drive by Mt. SAC, with Daniel Joseph scoring on a 20-yard run to make it 28-0 with 3:51 left in the half.

But it wasn't over yet.  On the next play from scrimmage, VVC quarterback Dalton Leilua fumbled and Mt. SAC's Kapono Asuega recovered the fumble and returned it 8 yards for another touchdown, making it 35-0.  Then on VVC's next possession, the Rams were forced to punt, but a bad punt snap went over Martinez' head and out of the end zone for a safety, making it 37-0.  And when Mt. SAC got the ball after the free kick, Lamaison threw a 47-yard pass to Michael Edwards, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by McBride with 1:23 left in the half to make it 44-0.

Despite seeing the score go from 14-0 to 44-0 in less than six minutes of playing time, Victor Valley managed to respond with its first touchdown in the final seconds of the first half when Leilua threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Joh'shay Tinsley to make it 44-7 at the break.

However, by the time the second half started, the outcome was no longer in doubt.  Lamaison gave way to backup quarterback Elijah Filifili.  The Mt. SAC defense scored two more touchdowns, on on a 48-yard fumble return by Richard Thorpe with 10:45 left in the third quarter to make it 51-7, and the other in the final minute of the game when Stephen Fossett recovered a fumble in the end zone to account for the final points of the game.  Jeremy Brown, who also made all 8 of his extra point tries, booted a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter for the Mounties. 

VVC got its second touchdown of the day early in the fourth quarter when Steven Rodriguez threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Gretzner, who finished with 5 catches for 144 yards and was one of the few bright spots for VVC on a long, hot (105 degrees) afternoon.

Next week, Mt. SAC opens its home season at 1 pm against perennial power College of the Canyons, which won its opener on Saturday, 35-7, over Antelope Valey. 

The last time these two programs met was in the 2008 Southern California championship game when Mt. SAC scored in the final minute and won, 51-45, in one of the most exciting playoff games in California Community College history.

Mt. San Antonio Mounties 61
Victor Valley Rams 14

Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 1 pm - Victor Valley College - Victorville 

1st Quarter:    
M - Wagner 2 yd run (Brown kick) 6:53 (7-0)

2nd Quarter:   
M - Brun 11 yd pass from Lamaison (Brown kick) 12:01 (14-0)
M - McBride 6 yd run (Brown kick) 5:40 (21-0)
M - Joseph 20 yd run (Brown kick) 3:51 (28-0)
M - Asuega 8 yd fumble return (Brown kick) 3:43 (35-0)
M - Safety - punt snap out of end zone 2:20 (37-0)
M - McBride 1 yd run (Brown kick) 1:23 (44-0)
VV - Tinsley 10 yd pass from Leilua (Romano kick) 0:04 (44-7)

3rd Quarter:   
M - Thorpe 48 yd fumble return (Brown kick) 10:45 (51-7)
M - FG Brown 22 yds 4:52 (54-7)

4th Quarter:    
VV - Gretzner 44 yd pass from Rodriguez (Romano kick) 11:42 (54-14)
M - Fossett recovered fumble in end zone (Brown kick) 0:30 (61-14)

Team Statistics:
First Downs:  Victor Valley 14 (6 rush, 6 pass, 2 penalty), Mt. SAC 24 (6 rush, 17 pass, 1 penalty)
Rushes-Yds:  Victor Valley 42-(-13); Mt. SAC 29-91
Passing Yds:  Victor Valley 196, Mt. SAC 354
Comp-Att-Int:  Victor Valley 10-25-0, Mt. SAC 30-46-1
Return Yds:  Victor Valley 132, Mt. SAC 103
Sacks-Yds:  Victor Valley 1-4, Mt. SAC 9-72
Fumbles-Lost:  Victor Valley 7-4, Mt. SAC 1-0
Penalties-Yds:  Victor Valley 15-92, Mt. SAC 13-95
Time of Possession:  Victor Valley 33:53, Mt. SAC 26:07

Individual Statistics:
Rushing:  VVC 20-Green 10-43, 21-Abeene 3-17, 27-Villaros 2-7, 4-Bryant 3-7, 6-Patton 9-4, 33-Sumo 1-0, 16-Rodriguez 4-(-3), 14-Fincel 3-(-16), 2-Leilua 5-(-36), team 2-(-36); Mt. SAC 3-McBride 8-33, 24-Joseph 1-20, 32-Botello 2-12, 38-Escoe 5-12, 29-Gatewood 4-10, 30-Wagner 4-6, 12-Filifili 3-1, 41-Magalei 1-(-2), team 1-(-1)
Passing:   VVC 2-Leilua 5-14-0-112, 1 TD; 16-Rodriguez 3-3-0-52, 1 TD; 6-Patton 2-6-0-32; 14-Fincel 0-2-0-0; Mt. SAC 7-Lamaison 26-38-1-311, 1 TD; 12-Filifili 4-8-0-43
Receiving:   VVC 84-Gretzner 5-144, 20-Green 2-20, 33-Sumo 1-19, 23-Tinsley 1-10, 21-Abeene 1-3; Mt. SAC 1-Brun 7-50, 6-Edwards 5-106, 82-Ross 4-45, 15-Iaea 3-39, 4-Torres-Keohokapu 3-31, 14-Harrell 3-28, 17-Parham 2-30, 46-Lomu 1-18, 30-Wagner 1-6, 3-McBride 1-1
Interceptions-Ret Yds:  VVC 32-Deandrade 1-0; Mt. SAC none
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds:  VVC none; Mt. SAC 45-Thorpe 1-48, 90-Asuega 1-8, 64-Walker 1-0, 91-Fossett 1-0
Sacks:  VVC 41-Sheppherd; Mt. SAC 54-Fifita 1-1/2, 55-Filimoeatu 1-1/2, 57-Vake, 96-Lutui 1-1/2, 43-Vaifale, 58-Evans, 99-Duberry, 93-Leola 1/2
Punters:   VVC 88-Martinez 5-41.0 avg; Mt. SAC 88-Colby 4-30.3 avg
Kick Returns:  VVC 8-Johnson 4-90, 3-Matthews 1-36, 4-Bryant 1-4, 31-Wilson 1-1; Mt. SAC 22-Umebayashi 1-18, 3-McBride 1-15, 38-Escoe 1-8
Punt Returns:  VVC 20-Green 1-1; Mt. SAC 46-Lomu 1-6, 20-Gaisie 1-0
Missed FG:  VVC 91-Romano 32 yds (short/wide left); Mt. SAC none

Notes:  Season opener for both teams.  Mt. SAC was ranked #1 in the nation by JCFootball.com/JC Grid-Wire entering the season.  It was close…for a while.  VVC trailed just 14-0 and drove to the Mt. SAC 5 but ended up settling for the FGA, which missed with 7:17 left in the 1st half.  Then the floodgates opened and in less than 6 minutes' playing time Mt. SAC had a 44-0 lead.  Lamaison played just the 1st half for Mt. SAC; Filifiti played the entire second half.  Fencil started at QB for VVC, then came Leilua, then Patton, then Rodriguez.  Fifita's sack forced the fumble Thorpe returned for the TD.  Fossett's fumble recovery was of a bad snap.

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