Rams snap skid, beat AVC

first_imgVICTORVILLE – It’s been a long time since footballs bounced Victor Valley College’s way, and much longer since the Rams savored the sweetness of a shutout, which explains the Rams’ happy faces Saturday afternoon. Victor Valley held Antelope Valley College to 136 yards total offense and two Rams returned two fumbles for touchdowns in a 27-0 whitewash before about 200 at VVC’s Burt Trimble Field. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Rams (2-4 overall, 1-3 Foothill Conference) collected their first shutout victory since VVC blanked Los Angeles Pierce, 45-0, on Sept. 8, 2001, in the Rams’ season opener. It is only the Rams’ second shutout since coach Dave Hoover took over the program in 2000. “Shutouts are a hell of a deal,” Hoover said. “Antelope Valley has real good skills people. Our defense really stepped up to the plate when it had to. Every time (the Marauders) had a critical third-down situation, we stopped them.” Antelope Valley (0-6, 0-4) was blanked in a game for the second consecutive week, the first time that has happened to the Marauders since 1957. Antelope Valley was 5-for-12 on third downs and 0-for-2 in the red zone, getting as deep as the VVC 12, before turning the ball over on downs and down to the 11 when DeShawn’s fumble recovery sank that drive. “Offensively, we couldn’t do a … thing,” said Antelope Valley coach Brent Carder, now in his 36th season. “We didn’t execute well, and they were pretty well-prepared for what we do. That’s a bad combination from our perspective.” Jonathan Carraway scooted 62 yards for the first recovery-turned-touchdown, before Richard DeShawn motored 89 yards for the second as Victor Valley snapped a four-game losing streak, while sending AVC to its 12th consecutive defeat. “This is going to bring the team up highly,” said Carraway, a New Orleans native. “We’ve got the taste of winning again.” center_img Rams running back Antoine Randolph paced VVC with 122 yards rushing on 23 carries and caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mark Moore with 7:49 left in the first half. Theodore Snodgrass added 120 yards rushing with 16 carries, one of them a 15-yard TD run with 1:42 left in the first half that, with Gabriel Gonzales’ extra-point kick, gave VVC a 20-0 lead. Carraway hopped on a fumble by Marauders running back Donald Green to give VVC its first touchdown at the 8:26 mark of the first quarter. DeShawn, from Rancho High School three hours up the road in Las Vegas, got his hands on the ball after a 9-yard run by Dominic Cornelius, who coughed it up. That score, coming with 7:05 left in the third period, was the game’s final points. “There were two or three wonderful plays that turned the game,” Hoover said. “Those are plays we weren’t getting in other games. So much of it is luck. We got one today.” The Rams also overcame 18 penalties for 169 yards. The Marauders were only flagged five times for 45. Victor Valley’s scored its most points in one game since beating Santa Monica, 42-14, in its season opener. The Rams also collected their third straight victory over its cross-desert rival and improved to 4-2 against the Marauders during Hoover’s run as Rams coach. The Marauders, whose only winless seasons were in 1949 and 1950, lead the all-time series vs. VVC, 15-4. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more