AVC rallies for victory at home
LANCASTER — He waited until last spring to hand in his gray shirt at College of the Canyons and transfer to Antelope Valley College.
He waited his turn as a good teammate while a three-quarterback revolving door finally stopped for him.
So why wouldn’t Tyler Selvig wait until 18.2 seconds from the finish to deliver the Marauders their most thrilling victory of the season Saturday?
After aborting three previous AVC drives with a pair of interceptions and a fumble, the freshman AVC quarterback from Elk Grove, Ill. calmly guided his team 60 yards down the field in nine plays in the final 2:54, finding Davon Jones wide open in the right corner of the end zone for the 10-yard touchdown strike.
Lucas Seaton’s extra point lifted AVC (2-1, 5-3) to a thrilling 21-20 victory over a very good Mt. San Jacinto team (1-2, 6-2).
“We were always confident that we could come back and win this game,” said Selvig, who completed 23-of-33 passes for 238 yards. “We have a lot of talented players on offense, and they all came to play on that final drive.”
Jaylen Miller carried 17 times for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Jones, the former Quartz Hill standout, caught nine passes for 113 yards.
Errius Collins, the home run threat from Alabama, put up different numbers: he drew four pass interference penalties against an Eagles defense determined not the let the speed burner from Birmingham get behind them.
There was no hint of the heroism to come as Mt. San Jac quarterback Brett Virgil directed scoring drives of 76 and 83 yards in the first quarter.
Virgil capped the first drive with an 11-yard touchdown scramble. Sherod White exploded 18 yards down the sideline for the second TD.
With 1:13 left in the first half, the Eagles were first-and-goal at the AVC 9, but did not score. Jalen Perdue made two clutch denials inside the 5 before the visitors missed a 23-yard field goal.
After AVC tied the game on Jaylen Miller’s 12-yard run to open the fourth quarter, the visitors marched from their own 30 to first-and-goal at the AVC 6.
Defensive end Damariay Crooms batted Vigil’s pass in the air on second down and AVC DT Reginald Wright came down with the ball to kill the threat.
Selvig’s second interception with 8:00 to play set up the Eagles at the AVC 24.
Virgil plowed over from two yards out, but the visitors missed on a what
turned out to be a monumental two-point try.
“It may sound crazy, but it never even crossed my mind that we would lose this game,” AVC Coach Perry Jehlicka said. “We did need a little help from them to go for two there.
“But when they left the door open, we took advantage.”
BIG DAY — Antelope Valley College freshman running back Jaylen O’Neil, seen here on Oct. 12 against Allan Hancock, rushed for 117 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown in a 21-20 win against Mt. San Jacinto on Saturday at Marauder Stadium.