AVC blanks Cit­rus in fi­nal home game

AVC shuts out Cit­rus in home fi­nale

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By BRIAN GOLDEN Val­ley Press Staff Writer

LANCASTER — They gen­er­ated seven first downs.

They had just 103 yards of to­tal of­fense.

They only had the ball for 13 of the game’s 60 min­utes.

So of course, An­te­lope Val­ley Col­lege con­tin­ued its Novem­ber to re­mem­ber with a 21-0 shutout of Cit­rus Col­lege on an­other glo­ri­ous au­tumn Satur­day af­ter­noon at Brent Carder Ma­rauder Sta­dium.

Who were those guys?

“It was a con­tin­u­a­tion of the way we’ve played since the sec­ond half against San Bernardino Val­ley,” said AVC coach Perry Jehlicka, whose team knocked off pre­vi­ously 7- 0 teams for the sec­ond straight week. “That’s 14 straight quar­ters to the best all- around foot­ball we’ve played this sea­son.”

Fol­low­ing a nar­row 20-19 loss to SBVC, the Ma­raud­ers (3-1, 6-3) have won three straight over Col­lege of the Desert, Mt. San Jac­into and Cit­rus.

A win at Vic­tor Val­ley next week would se­cure AVC a bowl berth.

“We want to keep play­ing,” said AVC cor­ner­back Ki­jante Fig­ures, whose 34-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn touch­down put AVC up 14-0 with 9:28 left in the first half. “We don’t want next week to be our last game of the sea­son. We’re hav­ing too much fun now.”

AVC de­ferred its kick­off op­tion to the sec­ond half to get its de­fense on the field first.

After forc­ing a three- and- out, the Ma­raud­ers drove 60 yards in eight plays, capped by Tyler Selvig’s 21yard touch­down pass to Er­rius Collins.

Fig­ures added a 10-yard sack on a safety blitz late in the first half.

Selvig punted from the Cit­rus 47 after AVC’s sec­ond straight three­and-out se­ries to be­gin the sec­ond half.

Sure-handed safety Der­rion Warner muffed the punt in the blind­ing sun­shine, and Matt Gabar fell on the foot­ball at the Cit­rus 8 yard line.

On first down, Selvig rolled right and tucked the ball, sneak­ing in­side the py­lon for an eight-tyard tou­chown and a 21-0 lead.

Black­jack.

“Again to­day, all three phases of our game con­trib­uted to a vic­tory,” said Jehlicka. “That’s the way we’ve been play­ing for a month now. Each week builds on the pre­vi­ous one.”

The Ma­rauder de­fense lim­ited Cit­rus, which two weeks ago was 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia,

to 10 first downs and 154 to­tal yards.

The Owls went 3-for-12 on third down. Num­bers like that can help you over­look a grand to­tal of 12 yards rush­ing for AVC.

“We beat two very good foot­ball teams these last two weeks,” said Jehlicka. “Our guys are play­ing for each other now, and they don’t want to stop.”

JOHN SAN­DERS/Val­ley Press Sports Correspond­ent

AWAY — An­te­lope Val­ley Col­lege fresh­man quar­ter­back Tyler Selvig (2) throws a pass against a rush of Cit­rus de­fend­ers on Satur­day at Brent Carder Ma­rauder Sta­dium. AVC was led by its de­fense in a 21-0 vic­tory in its reg­u­lar-sea­son home fi­nale.

JOHN SAN­DERS Val­ley Press Sports Correspond­ent

DE­FENSE Cit­rus run­ning back Kas­mir Dina (7) is stopped by the An­te­lope Val­ley Col­lege de­fense on Satur­day at Ma­rauder Sta­dium.

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